Both 2021 Palio’s were canceled. They are postponed to 2022 due to the covid-19 pandemic. The only chance to see horses on the Piazza in 2021 will be the organization of a Palio Straordinario in early autumn…
2 luglio 2021 (postponed to 2022!)
On 26 May 2019, a draw was held for the Palio of the Madonna of Provenzano of 2 July 2019. The seven districts (contrade) that were not allowed to participate were certain of their place on 2 July 2020. However, Nicchio and Tartuca still have a suspension to pay, so 5 contrade instead of 3 will be drawn. Also Oca is suspended for her behaviour during the palio of august 2019. So even 6 contrade are to be drawn. After its suspension, Valdimontone will reappear on the Piazza for the first time since 2018. Because of covid-19 no Palio’s were held in 2020. The principles will apply for the next july-Palio.
Since the introduction of penalties in 1967 it never happened that 6 contrade were drawn. In 1991, 6 districts were drawn, 1 of which replaced Oca, which had to serve as a suspension. The same happened in 1998 and 2012 when the suspensions of Tartuca and Chiocciola (1998) and Lupa and Istrice (2012) could be served by draw.
No date is set for the estrazione of the five or even six contrade.
16 agosto 2021 (postponed to 2022!)
Since July 7, 2019 we know which contrade the Palio will run on August 16, 2020. This will not change as a result of possible suspensions. Tartuca and Nicchio will participate again for the first time since 2018. Because of covid-19 no Palio’s were held in 2020. The principles will apply for the next august-Palio.
No date is set for the estrazione of the three contrade.
As we see at the suspended fantini we discover 3 jockeys who cannot participate :
- Antonio Siri detto Amsicora : 7 palios
- Luigi Bruschelli detto Trecciolino : 1 palio (will be able to ride in august)
- Andrea Chessa detto Nappa II : 4 palios
- Massimo Columbu detto Veleno II could return after his punishment of 10 palios in the august Palio
Giuseppe Zedde detto Gingillo who missed the palios in 2019 due to suspension can return too.
Last update : 1 June 2021