The Palio dei Somari - "Donkeys race"

from 16th to 24th March 2019

The Palio dei Somari [Run of the Donkeys] is definitely the celebration par excellence of the Torrita people, which in 1966 created a festival in honor of Saint Joseph, patron saint of carpenters (a professional category that is particularly active in this village).
The festival, dedicated both to the saint worker, and to the humble and docile animal, was born with the intention to enhance two fundamental components of human work: effort and simplicity. So, since the first edition (held on the occasion of the St. Joseph day), it is precisely him to be painted on any palio.
Chasing the palio (i.e., according to the Siena tradition, an embroidered tapestry) are the 8 contrade - districts of Torrita di Siena: Porta a Pago, Porta Sole, Porta Gavina, Porta Nova, la Fonte, Stazione, Refenero and Cavone. Each of these has its own color, its emblem, and its impeccable vintage clothing, inspired by the mid-fifteenth century.
Besides, the event in itself is inserted into a wider program of celebrations consisting of various initiatives and aggregation moments, such as the public opening of the "Taverne", during which you can eat typical local food in the ancient tavernas of the of the old town, the draw and pair of the heats to the presence of the Mayor and the Presidents of the districts, theater performances, themed conferences and exhibitions, and propitiatory dinners in the headquarters of the districts.


Program from 16 to 24 March 2019

Saturday 16th in the historic center
3.00 pm Opening of the Medieval Market 
6.30 pm In Piazza Matteotti, historical re-enactment
7.00 pm Opening of the Taverne and beginning of the traveling shows

Sunday 17 in the historic center
10:00 am Inauguration of "Somarando", exhibition of donkey breeds
10:30 am Opening of the Medieval Market 
4:00 pm VIII Youth Festival Flag-wavers and drummers
7.00 pm The G. Monaco school "La Samba" presents "Musicando nei borghi"
7.00 pm Opening of the Taverne and beginning of the traveling shows

Friday 22nd in the Contradas
8.00 pm Propitiatory dinners

Saturday 23 in the historic center
9.00 pm Presentation of the Palio
10.00 pm Competition of flags and drums the eight Contradas
11.00 pm Exhibition of the flags and drums of the Four Castles of Torrita

Sunday 24th in the historic center
9.00 am Presentation of the Contrade in Piazza Matteotti
9:20 am Mass in the Church of the Saints Flora and Lucilla
10:45 am Performance of flags and drums in Piazza Matteotti
11:45 am Beginning of the historical parade
3.30 pm Entrance to the Contrade in the competition area
4.00 pm The Palio go on

Opening of the Race area 2.30 pm - in case of rain, the Palio will be played on Sunday, March 31st.

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