Donkey’s Palio

In Torrita di Siena (12 km), takes place every year on the following Sunday on 18 March and was born in the 60’s years from the idea of a small association of citizens to set up a popular festival in honor of the patron saint of the carpenters Saint Joseph.

After parades and flag wavers, eight districts competes on the field of competition set up in the clearing of the “game of the ball”, outside the ancient walls of Torrita.

The Palio takes place in Torrita di Siena, every year on the following Sunday on March 18 and was born in 1966 as a popular festival in honour of St. Joseph the patron saint of the carpenters, being always the woodworking very practiced by. The hard work and the simplicity of this work is symbolized by the donkey, a humble animal and, above all, tireless, and for this reason was chosen as symbols.

The current Palio is raced by eight districts: from the four gates of the ancient medieval castle of Torrita di Siena: Pago’s Door, Sun’s Door, Gavina’s Door and Nova’s Door (that in the first edition were the only competitors) and the four districts corresponding to the four districts of the country: Station, Refenero, the Sources and Cavone.

Each district is equipped with its own coat of arms, colours and figures, went back to the mid XIV century, set up by the Lady, the Prince, the Bishop, the Army, the Pageboys, the Master, the flag wavers and tambourines, all dressed in rich and precious embroidered costumes, so perfect and finished in every single detail, that seem come from the Middle Age.

After parades and flag the eight districts challenge on the field of competition set up in the open space of the “ball’s game”, outside the ancient walls of Torrita.