The Palio di Fucecchio, True Passion
Fucecchio Here's the program of the Palio delle Contrade Città di Fucecchio 2019 "extended" week
Photo: Alfredo Sabatini
The Palio di Fucecchio is one of the main events in our town. 12 "contrade", city wards or districts in which the city is divided, compete to gain the "cencio" (drap) in "palio" (up for grabs) in "Buca del Palio". The 12 contrade are: Borgonovo, Botteghe, Cappiano, Ferruzza, Massarella, Porta Bernarda, Porta Raimonda, Querciola, Samo, San Pierino, Sant'Andrea and Torre. Each contrada has its own two color combination and emblem. When walking or driving in Fucecchio you can tell where you are just looking at the flags displayed along the streets.
"THE" Palio Sunday, with the parade and the race, is the culmination of months of preparation, made of late night meetings, time taken from family and jealously guarding the theme of the parade. This is the perfect ending for a week lived to the fullest. On in 2019, the week is longer! As Fucecchio will host the arrival of the second stage of the bicycle race Giro d'Italia on the Sunday before the Palio horse race, there schedule will change a little.
This is the schedule for Palio delle Contrade Città di Fucecchio 2019:
Sunday, the 5th of May 2019 (anticipated due to the Giro d'Italia)
PALIO IN GIOCO
Young contradaioli are the future of Palio di Fucecchio. At 10:30 there is a school children parade in Corso Matteotti (starting from Piazza La Verginen and ending in Piazza Montanelli). Throughout the day "mercatino della Contrade" (market of the districts) in Piazza Montanelli, street market in Via Landini Marchiani and Viale Buozzi, the shops are open and there is a drawing and painting exhibition at Bombicci Gardens. Starting from 15.00, there are medieval games for children of Contrade in Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Awards cerimony for all the participants and "merenda" (snack) with the basket of good flavors at Bombicci Gardens.
Tuesday, the 14th of May 2019
PRESENTAZIONE DEL CENCIO
In the magical atmosphere of Piazza Vittorio Veneto from 21.00 a small parade of each of the districts preceedes the presentation of the Cencio 2019.
Wednesday, the 15th of May 2019
LA TRATTA DEI CAVALLI
All the districts converge in Piazza Montanelli from 21.00. They are assigned to one of the horses to the Contrade, and here it's the luck of the draw! In the following days, there are riding tests with jockeys and horses at Buca del Palio.
Saturday, the 18th of May 2019
LA FIRMA DEI FANTINI
From 11.00, registration of jockeys to the next day's race. The ceremony is held in the beautiful setting of the historic Parco Corsini.
Sunday, the 19th of May 2019
LA SFILATA STORICA
A 1200 persons strong pegeant parades along the streets of Fucecchio. One of the most beautiful parades in Tuscany and it is not a formally choreographed triumphal march. Each contrada has its own flag-bearers and musicians and every year find a different theme, a historical reenactment. And all of this is just the prelude to the afternoon race.
LA CORSA DEI CAVALLI
A culmination of a week full of emotions, THE race, which includes two batteries and a final on bareback horses.
Ticket prices: 15 € lawn (13 € in pre-sale) - 30 € grandstand. Free admission for those under 12, over 70 and persons with disabilities.
Pre-sales in Fucecchio at: Tabaccheria Borghi, Tabaccheria Lotti, Isibar, Edicola Piazza XX Settembre, Edicola Ferruzza, Bar Ippolito, Tabaccheria Samo, Bar Cappiano, Tabaccheria Cappiano, Edicola La Matita, Edicola Piazza Lavagnini.