58th Palio delle contrade | Buti
20 January 2019
Centro storico Buti
centro, piazze e luoghi limitrofi
The Palio di Buti is one of Italy’s oldest jousting tournaments: the first editions were held in the seventeenth century. The event takes place every first Sunday of the month after 17 January, day of Saint Anthony. The programme of the Palio di Buti starts Saturday 19 January, 6pm with the presentation of the horsemen in Piazza Garibaldi. The big day is Sunday 20 January: 8am traditional tripe breakfast in the contrade, 9.45 historical reenactment with a parade in costume, followed by the Blessing of the horses and the investiture of the horsemen, and at 2pm the actual Palio delle Contrade di Buti race along the town’s main road. The race track is about 750 metres long. After the race comes the award ceremony with the winner receiving the Cencio. Every year the competition is among the seven town contrade: Pievania (light blue with white cross), San Francesco (black and yellow), San Nicolao (black and white), San Rocco (white and red), Ascensione (green and black), La Croce (red and black), San Michele (red and green).