Gubbio, Crossbow Palio

Crossbow Palio
Palio della Balestra
Gubbio, Perugia (Umbria region)

The Event

In the enchanting city of Gubbio, located in north-east of Umbria, bordering with Le Marche region, in a mountain area rich in natural and artistic treasures (Roman Theatre and Mausoleum, Palazzo dei Consoli, Duomo, Palazzo Ducale, Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo among the many), where history, culture and landscape coexist in perfect harmony with historic medieval towns of extraordinary beauty and unspoilt nature, every year in May the beautiful Piazza Grande, one of the most picturesque in Italy, hosts the Palio della Balestra, a spectacular shooting challenge with the Ancient Italian crossbow among the crossbowmen from Gubbio and Sansepolcro in Tuscany. The target of the crossbow shooting is called “corniolo” and is placed at a distance of 36 meters, while the prize is the Palio, a lovely banner created each year by a famous artist. The whole town of Gubbio turns back to a suggestive medieval atmosphere thanks to historical costume parades through the streets, exciting performances of the flag-wavers and charming wineries offering great food ad wines. The Crossbow Palio is repeated on the first Sunday of September in the friend-rival town of Sansepolcro in Tuscany.

The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Gubbio Town Council / Comune di Gubbio
Address: Piazza Grande, 9 – 06024 Gubbio (Perugia), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)75 92371 – Fax: +39 (0)75 9275378

Società Balestrieri della Città di Gubbio
Address: Palazzo del Bargello - 06024 Gubbio (Perugia), Italy
Tel.: + 39 3381936048

Servizio Turistico Associato – IAT Gubbio
Ufficio Informazioni e Accoglienza Turistica del Comprensorio Eugubino-Alto Chiascio
Address: Via della Repubblica, 15 - 06024 Gubbio (Perugia), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)75 9220693 – +39 (0)75 9220790 | Fax +39 (0)75 9273409

Associazione Maggio Eugubino
Address: Piazza Oderisi, 6 - 06024 Gubbio (Perugia), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)75 9273912


Image:©Alessandro Pierotti via Live Gubbio
Text sources: Società Balestrieri della Città di Gubbio, Gubbio Town Council, Wikipedia, Associazione Maggio Egubino.


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