|Historical Parade of the Palio of Città della Pieve|
The day of the Lancio della Sfida (Launch of the Challenge), is Ferragosto, 15 August, usually starting at 5.30pm in the Piazza Plebiscito, during which the Pallium is returned by the winning Terziere of the previous year to the Podestà of Castel della Pieve who keeps it until the competition on the last day of the Palio.
The culmination of the Palio usually starts at 5 pm on the second to last Sunday of August when the Corteo Storico, the parade in historical costumes, this year with around 800 participants, starts from Piazza del Plebiscito. Bringing up the rear are the Maestro di Scena (the Master of the Event), the Portagonfalone (the banner carrier), the Armati del Comune (the town militia), the Giudici di Campo (the judges of the competition) and an allegorical float of Classical inspiration. The parade arrives at the Campo de li Giochi (field of the games), the Campo di Santa Lucia, the location for the culminating event. This is the Caccia del Toro, an archery competition inspired by the ancient Sienese “Cacce” (hunts). Each Terziere has three participants, each with three arrows. The targets are three silhouettes of Chianina oxen mounted on a carousel. Every target has the colours of the corresponding Terziere. The targets also turn three times, speeding up with each turn. Whichever Terziere makes the most and most accurate hits wins the Palio.
Throughout the duration of the Palio there are numerous interesting events including mediaeval parades, plays, Renaissance music, juggling and so on, but one of the best parts is probably the Taverne of the Terzieri, where can enjoy the specialities of the traditional Umbrian-Tuscan cuisine.
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Author: Elena Spolaor
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