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Palio of the Ancient Maritime Republics

(June 2nd, 2013)

The Palio of the Ancient Maritime Republics (Venice, Pisa, Amalfi, Genoa) - the most important Italian seaports in medieval times - takes place every year in June, in turn on the Lagoon, on the Arno and on the Mediterranean Sea. In Venice the festivity is dedicated to the Queen Caterina Corsaro, who once donated the island of Cypro to the Serenissima.
The highest Venetian offices (Doge, Senators, Ambassadors) take part in the parade. After the procession, the race between the four Republics begins. Four boats named "Galeoni" representing the Republics, compete with each other to win the ambitious prize of a medieval banner (the palio). 

The winners keep the prize until the following year, when the palio passes into the hands of the next winners.


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