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Palio della Contesa Estense

May 2024
Lugo celebrates, on May 2024, 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”.


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Phone: 392 6854027

admission free


04 - 05 Nov 2023

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