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Palio del Golfo – La Spezia

August 1st,2021. Thirteen boats challenge each other to gain the coveted trophy

Palio del Golfo at La Spezia Italy
01 Aug 2021 Liguria -La Spezia  Children | Folklore-Traditions | Historical reenactments | Sport

Palio del Golfo takes place every year on the first Sunday of August in La Spezia sea.
The 96th edition of the Palio del Golfo is taking place on Sunday, August 1st, 2021
Palio del Golfo is a row race with boats similar to fishing boats.

In 2021 the event is taking place just on Sunday the 1st with a limited number of participants. Reservation is mandatory.

The Palio is taking place on Sunday, but the celebrations start on Saturday, with the boats’ control in Piazza del Mercato and with an evening a concert at the La Spezia theatre.

Palio del Golfo at La Spezia ItalyOn Sunday,  the opening ceremony, and at 5 pm it starts the first Palio del Golfo, the one of Women.
Then it follows the Junior category. During this day visitors may also assist to the commeration of the fallen at the sea.
The traditional Palio starts at 7.25 pm when 13 boats challenge each other, one for each borgata marinara (sea districts) of Golfo di La Spezia, so called also Poets Gulf.:: Portovenere, Le Grazie, Fezzano, Cadimare, Marola, CRDD (Circolo Ricreativo Dipendenti Difesa), Canaletto, Fossamastra, Muggiano, San Terenzo, Venere Azzurra, Lerici e Tellaro. The evening ends with a fireworks show.
On Monday,  the prizegiving of the race winners and the parade that represents the most colorful topic of the event The parade ends in Piazza Europa where the Gonfalons are given to the crew members winner of the competition.

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photos from the official website of the event

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