The Palio della Costa Etrusca will take place on Easter Monday, Monday 18 April, on the beach of Cecina. The spectacular challenge between the best jockeys of the Paliesco circuit on the back of the best Italian half-bloods found a new home after the last editions had been held in San Vincenzo. The event, now in its fourteenth edition, is organized by the Asd Palio della Costa Etrusca with the contribution of the municipality of Cecina and the patronage of the Tuscany region.
The protagonists of the only race in the world that runs sleeping on the beach will be, as tradition has it, the eight municipalities of the Etruscan Coast (Rosignano, Cecina, Bibbona, Castagneto, San Vincenzo, Campiglia, Suvereto, Piombino) to which they will be associated, for draw, the eight finalist jockeys of the selection heats.
“A great event- explains Eugenio Giani, president of the Tuscany region – which arouses emotion and enthusiasm; the only race in the world that is run on the sand on the back of half-breed horses mounted in the back, among the fastest in Europe. In addition to being a unique show, the palio helps to enhance sport, tourism and all the activities that revolve around it».
The palio will then be preceded by a week of side events with great guests from the equestrian world. On April 17, Easter day, there will be the legendary talk show with the legendary jockeys Aceto and Bastiano and the driver of Varenne, Giampaolo Minucci, the performance of the Italian and European champion of work riding, Roberto Fontanelli, but also a fun race of ponies and amazons.
“For Cecina, hosting the next edition of the Palio della Costa Etrusca represents a great opportunity for the tourist promotion of our reality. – adds the mayor Samuele Lippi -. Sports culture and its enhancement is a consolidated heritage for our city and integration with other territories contributes to the recovery and collective economic revitalization of the coastal area. Cecina is the leading municipality of the Etruscan Coast tourism sector for sport and it was a natural choice to apply for this event. The event has always had national relevance and we are firmly convinced that the next edition also represents a good opportunity for everyone, also considering the participation of the municipality of Livorno and the Tuscany region ».
The program at a glance: from Saturday 9 April to Sunday 17 April Sara Cafarelli’s personal exhibition; Sunday 10 April urban street art Cavalli & Cavalletti; Thursday 14 April (9 pm, Helios riding school in Marina di Cecina) evening dedicated to the ethological language of Monty Roberts who inspired the film The Horse Whisperer; Friday 15 April (9 pm, De Filippo theater) presentation of Drappo 2020 by Sara Cafarelli and talk show Two legends and one surprise with guests of honor Aceto, Bastiano and Giampaolo Minucci; Sunday 17 April (3 pm) quintana of the Etruscan Coast and performance by Roberto Fontanelli; Monday 18 April (2.30 pm) Palio della Costa Etrusca, pony race, Amazon race. All events, with the exception of the Palio della Costa Etrusca, are free to enter. Access to the competition area is subject to the anti-contagion regulations in force.
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Tuscany: many events to enhance the next Palio of the Etruscan Coast