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Palio of Asti

First Sunday of September

Exhilarating bare-back horse race dating back to the 13th Century, the most ancient in Italy features a splendid historical procession which winds through the historical town centre with more than 1200 people representing the districts and neighbourhoods over the medieval history of Asti.  During the days preceding the Palio the town is decorated with the flags of the different districts and the colours of the flag wavers, the propitiatory dinners, the Palio traditional market stalls and the horse trials on the horse tracks set out in Piazza Alfieri.

Info and detailed program:


Sunday, September 2nd 2018


10 am Churches of the districts/municipalities competing - Blessing Ceremony of horses and jockeys

11 am Piazza San Secondo – A.S.T.A.  Flag throwers

12 noon Piazza San Secondo – Town Hall: official horse and jockey registration

2 pm Piazza Cattedrale - historical procession with 1200 people in medieval costumes in the following order: Captain of the Palio; the winner district/municipality of the previous edition; the classified districts/municipalities of the previous edition; all other districts/municipalities drawn by lot. Itinerary: Piazza Cattedrale, Via Caracciolo, Piazza Cairoli, Corso Alfieri, Via Gobetti, Piazza San Secondo, Via Garibaldi, Via Gardini, Piazza Alfieri.

4 pm Piazza Alfieri - bareback horse race: three heats, 7 horses each and a final with 9 horses.

5 pm Flag throwers

6 pm Award ceremony

 ……the days before

Saturday, September 1st 2018


From 9 am  to 00  pm Piazza San Secondo - last day of the coloured Palio Market

From 3.30 pm Piazza Alfieri – General trials of the horse race. Free entrance

From 8.30 pm – banquets in the town to propitiate the victory


Friday, August 31st 2018


From 9 am  to 00 pm Piazza San Secondo – first day of the coloured Palio Market

From 1.30 pm to  7.30 pm Piazza Alfieri – Trials of the horse race. Free entrance


Saturday, May 5th 2018


8 pm Piazza San Secondo –   Palio of the flag throwers