Palio del Golfo La Spezia 2019

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La Spezia in these days celebrates one of the most beautiful festivals, the Festa del Mare, with the Palio del Golfo, which sees the villages of the Gulf of Spezia competing in a race of strokes in the waters in front of the city.

A heartfelt race, which is said to draw its origins from the race that the “muscolai” boats made to get to the city first and sell their mussel crop better, their muscoli precisely.

Meausrement of one of the Palio's running boats

This 94th edition of the Palio colors and excites throughout the week end the streets of the city, starting from Friday 2 August, when the traditional procession of the villages at night will parade, displaying their boats, the rowers and all the people who from the village have prepared their animation, their custumes, their imagination. 

The 13 hamlets will parade throughout the center of La Spezia starting from Piazza Brin to arrive in Piazza Europa, where the return of the palio currently guarded by the villages of Fezzano, Muggiano and Le Grazie, holders of the senior, junior and women’s palio respectively .

Saturday 3 August 2019 of the Palio del Golfo is dedicated to the dinner of the villages and the measurement of the boats. The weight and control of the boats takes place at the Centro Salvador Allende starting from 3.30 pm. A fundamental moment to be able to verify the regularity of the boats, but capable of arousing the attention not only to the experts. 

At evening the dinner of the villages, in Corso Cavour. A dinner based on typical products from La Spezia: messles and anchovies, 

The evening continues in Piazza Europa: on the Spin stage, with free entry events organized by the Municipality of La Spezia, Baby K in concert, for a live show with some of the songs taken from her latest album.

Sunday 4 August is the day of the rowing races in the waters of Passeggiata Morin:
at 5 pm there is the women’s Palio, to which ten boats take part.
At 6pm the Palio junior, with twelve crews.
At 7.30 pm, immediately after the boat parade at sea, the commemoration of the fallen and the solemn opening of the challenge, the 94th Palio del Golfo is staged, with all thirteen senior boats ready to fight until the last oar strike : two thousand meters to go and three rounds of buoy

 

The day ends at 10.30 pm with spectaculars fireworks launched from the waterfront and visible in all the Gulf localities.

 

The awards ceremony of the Palio del Golfo takes place on Monday 5 August at 9pm, in Piazza Europa. 

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