Palio di Asti
Take part in the excitement of the race

THE PALIO DI ASTI WELCOMES YOU TO

Sunday 1st September 2024

Let the medieval atmosphere of the city brings take you the most important event of the year: the Palio week.

Flags and trumpet will announce the entrance of the Captain and his Magistrates in the square, riding on their horses.

Who will attend the Palio will got excited, every minutes more.

There will be three final heats. Just few minutes each. That’s what makes the Palio of Asti unique.

SANTA MARIA NUOVA WON PALIO 2023
 
THE PROGRAM OF THE DAY
 

10 AM – AT THE CITY PARISHES

horse and jockey blessing ceremony

11 AM – SAN SECONDO SQUARE
exhibition of the flag-wavers of the A.S.T.A.

2.00 PM – CATHEDRAL SQUARE

start of the historical procession: Cathedral Square, Via Caracciolo, Via Carducci, Via Giobert, Corso Alfieri, Via Gobetti, Via Garibaldi, Via Gardini, Piazza Alfieri

ALFIERI SQUARE

4 PM – Race of the Palio with barebacked horses (without saddle)
Three batteries

5 PM – Exhibition of flag-wavers

6 PM – Final race of nine horses and assignment of the Palio to the winner

When

Quando

The first Sunday of September
(events before the race will be open from Thursday)

Where

Dove

Old town streets and Piazza Alfieri

Tickets and Accreditation

Biglietti

Palio 2024 tickets can be booked from 24 May 2024 by writing to the email address:
biglietteriapalio@comune.asti.it

Indicating:

  1. number of tickets requested type of grandstand
  2. first name
  3. surname
  4. city of residence
  5. phone number

For information call the Events Service 0141 399.479/018

Pass accreditations
The models will be published by July 2024.

The Town

The strategic position of Asti, linked with communication routes to Liguria, the Po valley and Alpine passes, and thanks to the great ability of its businessmen, characterizes its history.
Asti is a MiddleAge city where the Palio is born.
The fortified houses, the Romanesque churches, and the cut-off towers of the XII-XV centuries dominate the refined baroque facies of the old town, the eighteenth-century and elegant noble palaces, the nineteenth-century arcades, or some suggestive liberty views. In Asti, the Middle Ages dominates, emerging along the streets and at the corner of every square. Asti is dominated by the Middle Ageemerging along the streets and at the corners of each square.

Expectation

The city to get ready needs… a year. A city that is getting ready for “its day”: Banners and flags show the pride of be part of it.

On the main square, the circuit and stands are borning: sand, fences, jute, barriers. The rope, the winch, the reharsals…

A city that anticipates the Palio with the emotions of the people in its squares, the propitiatory dinners on Friday and Saturday, the little market on the race-eve day, the official enrollment of jockeys in the halls of the Town Hall on Saturdays, the children’s parade… And then, on Sunday, the solemn Mass in the churches in the morning, the blessing of the horses, the costumed figures in the streets, the tension that is felt, the excited and cheering villagers, the participating tourists, the open museums…

Asti has its Palio! Asti runs the Palio!

History
of the Palio

Storia del Palio

The 10 August 1275, the people of Astesi ran the Palio near the walls of Alba as was the custom in Asti during the feasts of Saint Secundus. This is the first testimony of the race.

Since that time, the Palio has always accompanied the historical development of the city, reflecting its alternating events.

In eight centuries, it has undergone transformations, but has kept its original characteristics unaltered:the charm of competitive competition, the partisan passion, the privileged relationship with the patron saint and a great identity value.

The Palio is Asti and, year after year, has been recognizing itself over the centuries in the horse race, in the charm of an ancient collective ritual.

Folklore

Sounds The neigh of the horses lining up on the rope. The songs of challenge of the contradaioli (contrada members) The announcement “Asti runs the Palio is running!” shouted in a loud voice by the Captain.

Colours Waved by the flags raised by the virtuosity of those who govern them. Clothes flaunted with haughty pride by ladies, nobles and knights on parade. Worn by jockeys so they can be recognized in the confused whirlwind of the race.

People. Everyone lined up for their faction (twenty-one districts, villages or municipalities), everyone engaged in preparations since the previous year. Because the Palio takes place in one day, but lasts for a year.

Rituals. The propitiatory dinners of each district, village and municipality. The blessing of the horses. The choice of the master of the Palio who will have the task and the honor of painting the cloth that is the subject of the dispute. The historical procession, the paliotto, the squire’s palio Follow the tradition is the best way to pay homage to the oldest palio of Italy.

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Piazza San Secondo 1  14100 Asti (AT)
P. IVA 00072360050
protocollo.comuneasti@pec.it

Municipality of Asti

Piazza San Secondo 1 – 14100 Asti (AT)
P. IVA 00072360050
protocollo.comuneasti@pec.it