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Palio di San Donato – Cividale del Friuli

August in Cividale del Friuli the historical reenactment celebrating the Patron Saint of the city

Palio di San Donato in Cividale del Friuli Italy
August Friuli-Venezia Giulia -Cividale del Friuli (Udine)  Folklore-Traditions-Carnivals | Historical reenactments


Palio di San Donato traditionally takes place in Cividale del Friuli (near Udine) in August.

It is a historical reenactment inspired to the 14th Century and it is dedicated to San Donato, patron Saint of the town.

The five old districts of Cividale, Borgo Duomo, Borgo Brossana, Borgo San Domenico, Borgo San Pietro, Borgo di Ponte, engage themselves in an archery competition and a race contest. The winner of the competition can keep the gonfalon with the image of San Donato in the church of its own district.

The historical reenactment of Palio di San Donato reproduces the life of the second half of the 14th Century, in particular the period from 1368 to 1382, when Patriarch Marquardo von Randeck ruled over the city.
The ancient Medieval Palio originally consisted in horse races (“palit da chaval”) and walking races (“palit da pit”). Subsequently, archery, crossbow and weapons competitions were added to the Palio.

The first record of Palio di Cividale dates back to 1361. In 1368 the town of Cividale established that Palio di San Donato would have taken place every year from then on, a decision reconfirmed in 1408.


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