Donkey Palio in Torrita di Siena (Palio dei Somari) 2019

Where: Torrita di Siena, about 80km South East of Florence, ,
When: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Donkey-palio in Torrita di Siena - Photo courtesy of Associazione Sagra San Giuseppe
Donkey-palio in Torrita di Siena
Photo courtesy of Associazione Sagra San Giuseppe

Torrita di Siena, a little Middle Ages town, is located in Toscany about 80 km south east to Florence. The city holds, once a year, a donkey race (palio).

The idea of this traditional event, which started in 1966, was the will of the 7,000 town’s residents that most of them work in the wood and metal industry, to celebrate and praise St. Josef who is known as the workers and carpenters patron and as a symbol to work and simplicity.

Like every year, hotel rooms are in high demand with surging prices during Palio day. Therefore, it is highly recommended to book lodging accommodations ahead of time to enjoy preferable, better rates.

The donkeys present the plainness and work atmosphere of Torrita di Siena residents. The special race combines the saint holiday with the joy of the people. This is a queer and funny race.

Part of the donkeys does not pay attention to their riders and stop or even walk to the opposite direction. The first rider who reachs the end point is the winner. Riders from all eight neighborhoods of the town; Porta a Pago, Porta a Sole, Porta Gavina, Porta Nova, – Le Fonti, Stazione Refenero and Cavone participate in the palio.

Every representative wears Middle Ages cloths and holds the flag and the logo of his neighborhood. The palio is held in the afternoon.
Thousands of Italians and tourists reach the town to enjoy this amazing event.

Attractive prices suited for all budgets, Many hotels suggest FREE CANCELLATION option or NO PREPAYMENT NEEDED – PAY AT THE PROPERTY, Get Immediate confirmation by email.
IMPORTANT !
Please note that the details of the event are subject to change. We strongly recommended that you check with the organizers before making any travel arrangements.
 

Event Related Information

Contact details:
Torrita di Siena Municipality
Ph.: +39 0577686303
Associazione Sagra San Giuseppe
Phone: +39 0577/686571
Contact Email:

Country Information

Capital:
Rome
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Voltage and Frequency:
230V 50Hz
Dialing country code:
+39
Time Zone:
UTC+1 (Summer UTC+2)
Language:
Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area).
Location:
Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia.
Information email:
Tourist website:
Information address:
Ente Nazionale Italiano per il Turismo (ENIT), Or Rome Tourist office Phone: +39 06 67104526
Climate:
Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south.
Italy background and overview
Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy was a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include illegal immigration, organized crime, corruption, high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, and the low incomes and technical standards of southern Italy compared with the prosperous north.
[Courtesy of The World Factbook]

City Information

In-country dialing code:
0577
Longitude:
11.77944°
Latitude:
43.17024°

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  • Amazing race

    This year the  Donkey Palio in Torrita Di Siena was amazing, if you travel to Italy you should not miss this wonderful race.

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