Borgia Palio – Nepi
2-18 June 2023 the celebration of the connection between Nepi and the Borgias.
The Borgia Palio in Nepi is taking place from June 2nd to 18th, 2023.
It is also known as the Palio of Saracino, and it celebrates the connection between Nepi and the Borgia family, mixing history and legend, giving visitors the experience of the historical charm and landscape beauties of Nepi. This year it is at its 27th edition
The Borgia Palio recalls two important days f 1499:
– January 10th 1499 when Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) assigned to her daughter Lucrezia the title of Signoria (Owner) of Nepi and
– September 25th 1499 when the Pope and his daughter Lucrezia with her husband arrived in Nepi, where they were welcomed with a big feast.
The Palio is disputed with competitions between archers and competitions between knights of the 4 districts of Nepi.
Two historical processions with about 300 people in beautiful costumes parade crossing the town, accompanied by the rolling of drums, the ringing of trumpets and the evolution of the flag-wavers. The first procession ends with the delivery of the keys to the beautiful Lucrezia.
Furthermore: exhibitions, theatrical performances, events for children and the inevitable offer of candles from the 4 districts, and “medieval” taverns are set up in each of the four districts, offering visitors typical dishes of the local cuisine.
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Cover photo is by Elisa Moretti.