September in Asti sees at the heart of its events the most fascinating moment of the year: the Palio.
On Sunday, September the 17th in Piazza Alfieri in Asti, 21 horses and jockeys of as many villages, wards and communes are battling the drape: the palio, for this edition painted by the Turin master Giorgio Ramella.
According to the chronicler Ogerio Alfieri, ancestor of the famous Vittorio Alfieri, the story of the Palio of Asti begins when, the city of Asti, "... in the year of the Lord 1280 was full of riches, closed by solid and recent walls and almost constituted entirely from many edifices, towers, palaces and newly built houses". In those years people gave birth to the race of Palio, but in fact the first historical facts of the race date back to 1275 when, according to Guglielmo Ventura, chronic for passion, men ran the Palio, under the walls of the enemy city of Alba, bringing damage and devastation to the vineyards.
Today, the city keeps its urban structure, witnessing the splendor of those times; the towers and cobblestones, the medieval palaces and the characteristic streets of the historic center make for the fascinating historical commemoration of the Palio.
Twenty-one contestants who, in the days before the eve, will propose victory with pantagruelian dinners, ruthless rituals, secret burles against the opposing villages, up to the last intense confrontation in the field, preceded by the sumptuous procession, made up of over 1200 appearances in medieval costume.