Feltre - first weekend of August
It is not just a simple drape. A piece of cloth is not the reason why the four districts of Feltre challenge each other in ability tests, for which they prepare for a whole year. The Palio of Feltre, which is made by international artists since 1986, is a meaningful symbol, it is a highly experienced event, which comes from the contribution of a hundreds of volunteers. Realized by Feltre’s citizienz, this event is deeply rooted in the territory and history of the city and is nowadays an event of great appeal beyond local boundaries.
Since 30 years Feltre renew the ancient festivities and celebrates his own surrender to Venice in 1404, evoking the symbolic ceremony of handing over the town keys to the ambassador Bartolomeo Nani, that sanctioned the binding of Feltres and the Serenissimas fate. In memory of the event, every year on this occasion, it was decided to put up for grabs fifteen gold ducats awarded to the winner of the games.
Piazza Maggiore and the Castle
The Palio is transformed in a step backward in time, that in an changed and stopped in the centuries urban system, recreates the atmosphere of the fifteenth century, thanks to a beautiful and detailed choreography, result of a careful philological reconstruction. Very surprising is the splendor of the parade’s costumes of the of nobles and ladies, which on Sunday morning, from the sixteenth century Imperial Door, wind along via Mezzaterra up to Piazza Maggiore, to attend the Holy Mass and the last competitions until the announcement of the winner. During the first Sunday of August, the gates of the citadel close and the districts Port’Oria, Santo Stefano, Castello e Duomo fight it out in tug of war and in horse races, earning the last precious points that, added to those earned in the relay and archery races - which are traditionally held the on Saturday evening- decreed the new owner of the aimed drape. The celebrations begin from Friday evening with the four Quartieri’s dinners, gathering in the streets and squares hundreds of guests, who came to support their district.
Informations: Palio di Feltre