Borgia Palio – Nepi
In May and June, 4 weekends to remember the connection between Nepi and the Borgias.
The Borgia Palio in Nepi is a celebration held from May 25 until June 16, 2019. It is also known as the Palio of Saracino, and it remembers the connection between Nepi and the Borgia family, mixing history and legend and giving visitors the experience of historical charm and landscape beauties of Nepi.
The celebration recalls two important days f 1499: in January 10th 1499 Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) assigns to her daughter Lucrezia the title of Signoria (Power) of Nepi and in September 25th 1499 when the Pope and his daughter Lucrezia with her husband arrive in Nepi, who were welcomed with a big feast. From this episode, the historical parade composed of 300 figures with beautiful customs walks through the decorated village, accompanied with the drums, trumpets and flag wavers. The ceremony ends with the the delivery of the keys to Lucrezia.
During the days of the Palio there are also archer competitions and knight competitions to win the Palio (prize).
In each of the 4 districts, some Medieval taverns are set which offer typical dishes of the local cuisine to the visitors.
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All photos from the event’s official website.
The cover photo is by Elisa Moretti.