Città della Pieve, Palio

Palio dei Terzieri
Città della Pieve (Perugia, Umbria region)


a great and spectacular event in a lovely medieval town of Central Italy to relive an ancient tradition of rivalry and honour between the town's distrcits through a rich programme of events and initiatives for all ages and tastes, including living history displays, battle reenactments, historical parades, street performances, music and theatre shows and the outstanding local gastronomy... 

Geographical, cultural and historical context

Citta della Pieve is a town located on a hill overlooking the Val di Chiana, between Umbria and Tuscany, at about 50 km from Perugia, in the Umbria region of central Italy. The town, famous as the birthplace of the famous painters Pietro Vannucci called "Perugino" (1450-1523 AD), boasts a rich heritage including some works of the Perugino and Etruscan tombs in the neighborhoods.


Event description and programme

Every Summer Ciità della Pieve offers a full immersion in the Renaissance Age thanks to the "Palio dei Terzieri", a festival recalling the old medieval split of the city into three parts related to the classes of aristocrats, burghers and peasants.

An historical parade of more than 800 characters in Renaissance costumes (drawn just from the paintings of the Perugino) goes along the main streets entertaining the audience, and is followed by the majestic float, inspired by classical antiquity and led by companies of musicians performing Renaissance music. The knights of the Terzieri recreate the atmosphere of the ancient bull hunt, challenging in the art of archery by shooting silhouettes in shape of the Chianina breed of bulls set on mobile platforms. The bull hunt evokes the old "Siena Hunting", a kind of bullfight once taking place in nearby town of Siena, to which Città della Pieve has always been linked through history, traditions, culture.

Please contact the Organizers for the details.

Info & Contact

Associazione Ente Palio dei Terzieri
Address: Piazza XIX Giugno, 1 - 06062 Città della Pieve (Perugia), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)578 299375 - 291226

Città della Pieve Town Council / Comune Città della Pieve
Address: Piazza XIX Giugno, 1 - 06062 Città della Pieve (Perugia), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)578 291111 | Fax: +39 (0)578 291291

Tourism Office / Ufficio Informazioni e Accoglienza Turistica
IAT del Comprensorio Trasimeno
Address: P.zza Mazzini, 10 - 06061 Castiglione del Lago (Perugia), Italy
Tel.: +396 (0)75 9652484 - 9652738 | Fax: +39 (0)75 9652763

Image: Associazione Ente Palio dei Terzieri
Text sources: Associazione Ente Palio dei Terzieri


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