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    Calcio Storico Fiorentino – Match of the Siege 2023

    Date: 17 February 2023

    Time: 4:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Match of the Siege 2023 (Partita dell’Assedio 2023), the most important match in the Calcio Storico Fiorentino calendar of events, will take place on Friday, February 17, 2023, in Florence. The game will start around 4 pm in Piazza di Santa Croce, in front of the Church of Santa Croce. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 edition of the match was cancelled, while the 2022 edition of the event was held on June 17, 2022. Calcio Storico Fiorentino (Historical Florentine Football) is an early form of football born in the 16th century, a mix of rugby, soccer and wrestling, which is still played in Florence. The four teams facing each other on the field are the Bianchi (White) of Santo Spirito, the Azzurri (Blue) of Santa Croce, the Rossi (Red) of Santa Maria Novella, and the Verdi (Green) of San Giovanni. The game, lasting only 50 minutes, is very violent and often ends up with broken limbs and a lot of blood.   SHORT HISTORY The first match of Calcio Storico was held on February 17, 1530, when Florence was besieged by the army of Carlo V and Pope Clemente VII, who were trying to bring back the Medici Read more [...]

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    Padua Marathon 2023

    Date: 23 April 2023

    Padova Marathon 2023 (Maratona di Padova 2023) will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2023, in the beautiful city of Padua. Padua Marathon, also known as the Saint Anthony Marathon (Maratona di Sant’Antonio), is an annual running competition which takes place in the month of April, in Padua, named in honour of Saint Anthony of Padua. Both professional athletes and amateurs can participate in the race, due to the fact that, in addition to the traditional 42 kilometers marathon, the event also features a half-marathon and shorter routes (of 1, 5 and 10 kilometers), for everyone’s possibilities.   SHORT HISTORY For many years, the departure of the race was in Vedelago, north of Padua. In 2009, the start of the race was made in Camposanpiero, and since 2011, due to the end of the contract between the organizing committee and the municipality of Vedelago, the race changed its route: the departure was in Campodarsego and the arrival in the famous square of Prato della Valle. Over the years, the popularity of the event grew, making Padova Marathon one of the main races in Italy, in terms of participants and technical level. Since the 2016 edition, the marathon changed its route Read more [...]

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    Pisan June 2023

    Date: 28 May 2023 - 6 July 2023

    Time: 12:00 am to 12:00 am

    The Pisan June 2023 (Giugno Pisano 2023) will take place during the month of June, 2023, in the beautiful city of Pisa. The Pisan June is a series of events that take place every year during the month of June, in Pisa. The climax of the festival is represented by the celebrations held in honor of San Ranieri (Saint Rainerius), the patron saint of the city, on June 17.   SHORT HISTORY Originally, Giugno Pisano included only the Luminara of Saint Rainerius, held on June 16, and the Palio of Saint Rainerius, held on the day of the saint, on June 17. In order to create a month of interesting events, the Battle of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte) was also moved to June, on the last Saturday of the month. Over time, many other events were initiated, more or less linked to the patron saint of Pisa. Noteworthy are the recovered traditions of Mazzascudo, which takes place every year on May 28, in Piazza dei Cavalieri, and the Marriage with the Sea, which is held at the beginning of July. Although placed on different months, the two events usually open and close the Pisan June. Once every four years, Read more [...]

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    Palio di Ferrara 2023

    Date: 28 May 2023

    Palio di Ferrara 2023 will take place on Sunday, May 28, 2023, in Piazza Ariostea, in Ferrara. The Palio of Ferrara is a competition between the eight districts of Ferrara, four districts within the medieval walls – San Benedetto, Santa Maria in Vado, San Paolo and Santo Spirito, and four villages outside the walls – San Giacomo, San Giorgio, San Giovanni and San Luca. During the event, four races are held – the girls’ race dedicated to San Paolo (Saint Paul), the boys’ race dedicated to San Romano (Saint Romanus), the donkeys’ race dedicated to San Maurelio (Saint Maurelius), and the horses’ race dedicated San Giorgio (Saint George).   SHORT HISTORY According to tradition, the people of Ferrara, to celebrate the victory obtained in 1259 by Azzo VII d’Este against Ezzelino III da Romano, ran on donkeys and horses through the streets of the city. The races were institutionalized in 1279, to take place on April 23, for the Saint George’s Day, patron saint of Ferrara, and on August 15, on the occasion of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Later, the Palio began to commemorate the moment when Borso d’Este was appointed duke by Pope Paul II and Read more [...]

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    Palio di San Ranieri 2023

    Date: 17 June 2023

    Palio di San Ranieri 2023 will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2023, in Pisa, as part of the series of events entitled Pisan June 2023. Palio of Saint Rainerius (San Ranieri), also known as the Regatta of Saint Rainerius, is actually a rowing race held every year on June 17, along the Arno River, in honor of the patron saint of Pisa.   SHORT HISTORY The first information about a regatta in Pisa dates back to the year 1292, when a palio was held in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. After the Battle of Lepanto of 1571, when the Order of Saint Stephen fought on water against the Ottomans and captured the pennant of the enemy, which is now kept in the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, the palio began to recall this event. Beginning with 1718, the palio was disputed on June 17, for the anniversary of Saint Rainerius.   THE PALIO Palio di San Ranieri is preceded by a historical procession. The palio is disputed among 4 crews representing the 4 historical districts of the city, two of Tramontana and two of Mezzogiorno – San Francesco (yellow boat), San Martino (red boat), Santa Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio di Provenzano 2023

    Date: 2 July 2023

    Palio di Provenzano 2023, the first act of Palio di Siena 2023, held in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, will take place on Sunday, July 2, 2023, in Siena. Palio di Siena is a historical reenactment event held twice a year in Siena – Palio di Provenzano on July 2, dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, and Palio dell’Assunta on August 16, in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Palio di Siena is practically a horse race between the 17 contrade (districts or wards) of the city, held in the shell-shaped square Piazza del Campo. The race is preceded by the Corteo Storico (Historical Procession), a parade of about 700 people dressed in medieval costumes. Only 10 contrade out of a total of 17 will participate in the event – three drawn from last year’s participants and seven that were not present at the previous edition of Palio di Provenzano.   SHORT HISTORY Horse races in Siena are held since the 13th century, when the Palio was the closing event of the annual festival dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Mary of the Assumption. Initially, there were many contrade, but after the plague of 1347, Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio dell’Assunta 2023

    Date: 16 August 2023

    Palio dell’Assunta 2023, the second act of Palio di Siena 2023, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, will take place on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, in Siena. Palio di Siena is a historical reenactment event between the 17 contrade (districts) of the Tuscan city, held twice a year in the main square of the town, Piazza del Campo. The event held on July 2 is called Palio di Provenzano and it’s dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, while the one held on August 16 is known as Palio dell’Assunta, and takes place in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. A contrada is named after a street, a church or an illustrious family residing on its territory. The 17 contrade of Siena still competing today are Aquila (Eagle), Bruco (Caterpillar), Chiocciola (Snail), Civetta (Little Owl), Drago (Dragon), Giraffa (Giraffe), Istrice (Crested Porcupine), Leocorno (Unicorn), Lupa (She-Wolf), Nicchio (Seashell), Oca (Goose), Onda (Wave), Pantera (Panther), Selva (Forest), Tartuca (Tortoise), Torre (Tower) and Valdimontone (Valley of the Ram). Only 10 teams out of a total of 17 will participate in the race. The number of the participating contrade is composed from seven that didn’t compete at the previous edition Read more [...]

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    Regata Storica 2023

    Date: 3 September 2023

    Regata Storica 2023 will take place on Sunday, September 3, 2023, in the beautiful city of Venice. The Historical Regatta, the most important event of the Voga alla Veneta (Row like a Venetian) calendar, is both a historical reenactment event and a sporting event, which takes place every year on the first Sunday of September, in Venice.   SHORT HISTORY The nature of the Venetian Lagoon encouraged rowing since the first people settled in the area. Forced to move mainly on water, the skills of the locals were soon recognized, and from here to the organization of rowing competitions it was only one step. According to legend, the origin of the regatta dates back to the year 942, when, during a popular festival, the pirates kidnapped some Venetian women. Immediately, the pirates were chased by men in boats, who managed to catch them and release the women. The first use of the term regata appears in a document of 1274, proving that regattas took place as early as the 13th century. The public authorities of the time began to encourage this type of sporting activity, to prepare the crews of the battleships for conflicts at sea. Throughout the 15th and Read more [...]