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    Palio di San Rufino is a historical event held in Assisi on the last Sunday of August and on the previous three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

    The event consists of a crossbow shooting contest between the different parts of the city (San Francesco, San Rufino and Santa Maria). The Palio, a banner painted by a nationally renowned artist, is awarded to the winning team, while the crossbowman who gets the highest score in the single-shot competition receives the Silver Crossbow (Balestrina d’Argento).

    The festival begins with the opening of a thematic exhibition, the theatrical performance and the historical market of San Rufino, which recalls the traditional town fair that took place during the days of the celebration of the patron saint of the city, San Rufino, and which, today, exhibits characteristic crafts and antiques along a route that goes from Piazza della Chiesa Nuova, through via Arco dei Priori, Volta Pinta, to end in Piazza del Comune.

    In the following days, the Palio continues with the investiture of the crossbowmen, followed by the shooting competition between the three teams of the Compagnia Balestrieri di Assisi.


    PALIO DI SAN RUFINO 2018 will take place in Assisi between 23 and 26 of August, and it will have the following program:


    Thursday, August 23:

    • Opening of the thematic exhibition.
    • Theatrical show of the Compagnia Balestrieri di Assisi.
    • San Rufino Market.


    Friday, August 24:

    • Theatrical show of the Compagnia Balestrieri di Assisi.
    • San Rufino Market.


    Saturday, August 25:

    • Historical procession starting from Piazza del Comune to the Cathedral of San Rufino.
    • Investiture of the new crossbowmen.
    • Propitiatory banquet.


    Sunday, August 26:

    • Historical procession from Piazza del Comune to Piazza San Rufino.
    • Crossbow shooting competition.
    • Prize-giving ceremony with the intervention of local authorities who will hand over the Palio to the winning team and the Silver Crossbow to the winner of the individual competition.


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