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Palio della Contesa Estense

Lugo celebrates, from 13th to 21st May 2023, the historical recalling of the transit of Borso d’Este, in 1471, in the town while on his way to Rome to be received by the Pope. The popular folk feast will take place in the Pavaglione and in front of the stronghold and will include palios and historical parades.

The origins
In the year 1471, the year the Palio refers to, the city enjoyed an aboundance of wealth and peace thanks to the enlighted guidance of Niccolò d’Este first, and Duca Borso d’Este, after.
Because of the city’s prominent position, when Borso d’Este went to Rome in 1471 to receive from Pope Paolo II the title of Duke of Ferrara, he decided to stay overnight in the Lugo’s Castle together with his imposing and spectacular entourage. For the people of Lugo of the time it was a day of grand celebration and they offered to their beloved and honoured Lord a welcome “of magnificence, sparing no expense”.

PROGRAMME soon available

Useful information

Historical town centre
Phone: 392 6854027
Email: segreteria@libero.it

How to get
Coming from the exit of Lugo on motorway A14 bis, turn left direction Lugo (SP 95). After the bridge on the railway, turn left on Via Provinciale Cotignola and drive straight on the SP 253. At the roundabout at the beginning of via Matteotti, take the first exit and drive along Via Acquacalda till the car park on Piazza Garibaldi. The event will take place in different venues of the historical town centre: Piazza Mazzini (indoors Pavaglione), Piazza Martiri (in front of the stronghold), for other venues see programme. Car and bus parks in Via Garibaldi. Disabled facilities.

admission free


13 - 21 May 2023

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