The Palio of the Archers is an annual archery competition in which the cities of Gubbio and San Sepolcro compete in the main square. For this occasion, in the cities take on a suggestive atmosphere thanks to beautiful streets and squares in the center, adorned with the flags of the contenders.
On the last Sunday of May, Gubbio hosts the competition. In the morning, a herald reads out the challenge proclamation to the visiting rivals. In the afternoon, there is a ceremony blessing the crossbows which is followed by a flag waving and throwing extravaganza – a continuous blur of color – by the brotherhood of flag bearers, dressed in medieval costume. Finally, at the end of the day comes the target shooting competition using crossbows of various size and style. The earliest documented meeting between the two towns was 1619. This is an interesting event and is not worth a miss while you are in Gubbio, Italy during this time of the year that is the last sunday of the month of May. It is suggested that you hire a car to move around in Italy and check out the event and also other places of attraction.
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