Palio of San Donato in Cividale del Friuli
August 18th-20th the historical reenactment inspired by the 14th Century.
Palio di San Donato is a historical reenactment inspired by the 14th Century Palio of San Donato, patron Saint of Cividale del Friuli, near Udine. The Palio is held on the weekend of August 20, Saint Donato’s Day.
The five old districts of the Cividale, Borgo Duomo, Borgo Brossana, Borgo San Domenico, Borgo San Pietro, Borgo di Ponte, engage in an archery competition and a race contest. The winner of the competition can keep the award, a gonfalon with the image of San Donato, in the church of its own district.
The historical reenactment 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.
From August 18th to 20th 2017