Palio della Rana
The Palio della Rana is one of the most exciting events in Italy, taking place the Sunday just after Easter. The Palio della Rana is also Italian Liberation Day, and the regions of Fermignano come together, fully kitted out in Medieval costume for a real celebration of independence day.
A Unique Event
Italy during the month of April is one of the best times to visit. Spring has officially arrived, and Italy is resplendent with vibrant scenery, vivid colours and effervescent landscapes. As the country unfolds from of its winter hibernation, there is an exciting line up of festivals and events that are held all over Italy. One of the reasons that it is the best time to visit is that the busy tourist season is not yet in full swing and only just picking up.
That means that visitors have the chance to experience the charismatic country for a fraction of the high tourist season costs. The cost of airline tickets don’t make your credit card burst into flames and holiday accommodation, holiday rentals, holiday apartments and holiday cottages in Italy are so much cheaper, yet the experiences are no lesser for it. The Palio della Rana is one of the most exciting events in Italy, taking place the Sunday just after Easter.
The Frog Race!
Fermignano is in the picturesque region of Marche and has played host to the event for, in what will be the 50th year, in 2014. The golden frog race involves real frogs who are transported in wheelbarrows, pushed by suave Italian men representing the 5 different districts in Fermignano. The idea is that each wheelbarrow has a frog, and when the race starts over the bumpy terrain, the aim is to keep the frog inside the barrow until the end of the race without the frog bouncing away, and disappearing into the crowd before they get the chance to have their few minutes of fame at the finish line.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of September 4th 2013
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