Palio delle contrade
An ancient contest of medieval origins, a rebirth that, from 1981 onwards, has seen a continuous growth of enthusiasm and interest: the Palio delle Contrade today plays a primary role in the daily life of citizens and in the historical events of Tuscany. The undisputed protagonists of the event are the 12 Contrade: Borgonovo, Botteghe, Cappiano, Ferruzza, Massarella, Porta Bernarda, Porta Raimonda, Querciola, Samo, Sant’Andrea, San Pierino and Torre.
The great race of the penultimate Sunday in May is the culmination of an entire week of events, including the presentation of the Cencio (rag) and the historical parade, with flag-wavers and more than a thousand extras, and is preceded by other collateral initiatives during the year. Once the competition is over, a new cycle of preparation and waiting begins: for every Fucecchiese the Palio is an everyday story made of passion.
All events are organized and promoted by the Municipality of Fucecchio and the Palio delle Contrade Association. Visit the official website of the event: www.paliodifucecchio.it