The Palio of Ferrara, the oldest in the world

In May 2018 the city returns to its Renaissance splendour to celebrate the Palio of Ferrara, the oldest in the world. On 27 May, the Corse dei putti, putte, donkey and horse races will be held. Cheap stays with the Consorzio Visit Ferrara.

It is the oldest Palio in the world, a centuries-old tradition, since 1259 when to celebrate the Marquis of the city “Novello d’Este” ran the first Palio in the history of Ferrara. Today, the historic center of Este, which has preserved intact its Renaissance soul, among palaces and monuments that let relive the splendor of the court, becomes in May the place of riveting knightly races, including flag-wavers, dancers, vintage dinners and engaging events

May in Ferrara is the month of the Palio, which this year also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historical re-enactment, organized by the Ente Palio of Ferrara, with a program full of surprises, to live with the consortium Visit Ferrara, which offers special packages for your stay in the beautiful city by UNESCO World Heritage. The Palio races will be held on Sunday 27 May 2018 in the historic Piazza Ariostea. To compete, as per tradition, the four districts that are within the “walls” and the four villages. The red palio of San Romano corresponds to the Corsa dei Putti, the green palio of San Paolo to the Corsa delle Putte, the white palio dedicated to San Maurelio to the Corsa delle Asine and the yellow or golden palio of San Giorgio to the Corsa dei Cavalli. Who will conquer the coveted 4 Palii of Ferrara?

Before the grand finale, many events take place every weekend. On May 12 and 13, 2018, space at the Ancient Flag Games, Saturday, May 19 is instead the day of the Magnificent Procession with figures in Renaissance costumes that elegant parade from Corso Ercole I d’Este to cross the heart of the city, to then give life to the Shows at Corte in Piazza Municipale. Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May in Piazza Ariostea you can attend the spectacular Horse trials in the Canapés and the blessing of the Palii with the offer of candles in the Cathedral. For the evening, the districts organize tasty Propitiatory Dinners at their prestigious venues.

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