You don’t need to be an history buff to be enchanted by the medieval manifestation of Como, the so-called “Palio del Baradello“, an historical celebration that has taken place every year in the city since 1981.
Have you noticed that Como is a city rich in history? Ancient medieval walls, palaces, remains of fortifications and Roman cities. It will be easy to live again the glorious past through this amazing setting!
Get ready, we’re going to start our time machine to let you jump back into the past, around 1159, when Como turned to Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, also known as Frederick Barbarossa, to ask him to put an end to the tyranny of Milan. This alliance became an important moment that needed to be celebrated with festivities, games, tournaments and banquets. The same that relives today!
The symbol of the Palio is Baradello Castle, the “stone sentinel” that stands on the hills of Spina Verde, erected for the defense of Como in 1156, with the permission of Barbarossa.
But, what is this “Pallium“? It is an artistic silk drape assigned to the winner at the end of the village games. Here is a series of events:
• Sunday, September 9, at 5pm, the race of Lucie, the traditional Lake Como wooden boats;
• Friday, September 14 at 8:30pm, the laundress race, a female race with wheelbarrows full of clothes;
• Saturday, September 15 at 9 pm, the race with wheelbarrows where each of the participants will have to carry a passenger on the old wooden wheelbarrow;
• Saturday, September 15 at 3 pm, the tug of war, which will award the winner village.
The most important event is the Great Historical Parade that will take place on Sunday, September 16 (there will be more than a thousand participants in the parade!). Do not miss the Bagpipes of Franciacorta, greyhounds, falconers and archers ..
You’ll also want to attend the Medieval Banquet on Saturday, September 8 at the Broletto, a table laden with dishes prepared according to the eighteenth century recipes. There will be also acrobats, jugglers and musicians. Book your place at the table! SIG.RA BARBARA 328-7441331 SIG.RA VANNA 333-4686495 SIG.RA MARIANNA 333-1234724.
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