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Argentario Sailor Palio – Porto Santo Stefano

August 15th, 4 districts challenge one another in a rowing race

Argentario Sailor Palio Tuscany Italy
15 Aug 2020 Tuscany -Porto Santo Stefano (GR)  Folklore | Historical reenactments | Sport

Since 1937 on August 15, in Porto Santo Stefano, (province of Grosseto – Tuscany), takes place the Argentario Sailor Palio, a rowing race where the 4 districts of the city (Valle, Croce, Pilarella and Fortezza) challenge one another to win the palio.

Every team is made up of a helmsman and 4 rowers. The race consists of covering 10 times a distance of 400 meters delimited by two buoys. In 1956 it was established that the most coveted prize, the Golden Cup, would be awarded to the district that wins the Palio for three years in a row.

The history of the Palio traces back to a legendary anecdote which is said to have occurred around the seventeenth century, when a fishermen’s crew from Santo Stefano, on a “tartarone”, a traditional fishing boat, was attacked by a Saracen pirate ship. After a long chase, the fishermen managed to escape the pirates, thanks to the commitment of the rowers who hid in a cave.

Photos from the official Facebook page.

Go to the website Argentario Sailor Palio – Porto Santo Stefano