The Traditional Garibaldi Festival

The traditional commemoration in honour of the Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi takes place in Cesenatico

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  • Place
    Piazza Ciceruacchio, 21 - Cesenatico
  • Events
    Festivals and celebrations
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    Riviera, Art & Culture

On Saturday 1st and on Sunday 2nd of August 2021 in Cesenatico the traditional commemoration in honour of the Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi will take place. The festival dates back to the year 1885 and recalls the 2nd of August 1849, when Giuseppe Garibaldi arrived here with patriots; they had escaped from Rome and were heading for Venice, hunted both over land and sea by their pursuers. They embarked in thirteen "bragozzi" (boats) and faced the stormy weather.

The program includes: August 1st at 9pm the traditional Palio della Cuccagna (greasy pole race) between the Neighborhoods of Cesenatico on the Canal Port. The competitors must climb into a real "ascent" up an almost 14 meter long greasy pole, placed obliquely over the water of the Canal Harbor. Before falling into the water, each participant should be able to remove a bit of grease to allow others to reach the top of the pole more easily. A challenge that will declare the winner not only who has more balance to reach the end of "the greasy pole", but also those who prove themselves more skilful than the others in pursuing a team strategy. On August 2nd at 9.30am, a parade of Garibaldians along the canal banks with the  town band “Città di Gradara” and excursion by boat with the Municipal Authorities. In the evening, at 10pm, spectacular fireworks on the beach in front of Piazza Costa.


  • Piazza Ciceruacchio, 21 - Cesenatico
6 - 7 August 2021
sunday only
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Information offices

IAT - Ufficio Informazioni Cesenatico
Via Roma 112 Cesenatico (FC)
telephone:+ 39 0547 79435 Opening: Annual
Last update 27/07/2020

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