Argentario Sailor Palio – Porto Santo Stefano
15 August. Rowing race with the 4 districts of the city.
On August 15, in Porto Santo Stefano, in the province of Grosseto, 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. This year the Palio is at its 80th edition!
The Argentario Sailor Palio takes place since 1937 and its history 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.
The race consists of covering 10 times a distance of 400 meters delimited by two buoys.
Every team is made up of a helmsman and 4 rowers.
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.
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