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Palio is the name given in Italy to an annual athletic contest, very often of a historical character, pitting the neighbourhoods of a town or the hamlets of a ''comune'' against each other. Typically they are fought in costume and commemorate some event or tradition of the Middle Ages, and thus often involve horse racing, archery, jousting, crossbow shooting, and similar medieval sports. Once purely a matter of local rivalries, many have now become events staged with an eye to visitors and foreign tourists.

The oldest extant palio is the Palio di Asti, but the Palio di Siena is better known outside Italy. However, there are many other palios that are held throughout Italy.

Category:Italian culture
Category:Tourism in Italy
Category:Sport in Italy
Category:Italian traditions
Category:Festivals in Italy

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