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Brianza Il Palio Game Day

Start Date: August 13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us for our first Il Palio Game day at Brianza!

(Please see below to learn more about the Il Palio Horse Race in Siena, Italy)

How does game day work?

Teams of 2 will compete in mini games through out the day from 1 to 5.

Teams may participate in as many or as few games as they like. Prizes will be given to the winner of each game.

Teams will accumulate points through out the day for placement and participation in each of the games. The team with the highest score at the end of the day wins the grand prize!

Pick your Team!

Each team will be will choose a “contrade” to represent during the day. Team Contrade’s will be chosen by a team upon registering for the games, so it is first come first serve on the pick. We encourage you to wear your contrade’s colors and emblem with pride to help keep it festive.

contrade_palioContrade Emblems (pictured left) include: Eagle, Caterpillar, Snail, Little Owl, Dragon, Giraffe, Crested Porcupine, Unicorn, She Wolf, Seashell, Goose, Wave, Panther, Forrest, Tortoise, Tower, Valley of the Ram.



To register your 2 person team and pick your Contrade call 859-409-7234 or email!


Game Day Schedule*:

12:00 – 1:15 Registration and Guess the Amount

1:30 Frisbee for Accuracy

2:00 Spoon Relay

2:30 Scrabble Scramble

3:15 Cornhole for Speed & Accuracy

4:15 Brianza Photo Hunt

5:15 Guess the Amount winner is announced and the Grand Prize winning team is announced

5:30 Stay for Live Music from Rucca!

*Game Schedule subject to change to accommodate weather. Dress in comfortable shoes and dress accordingly for the weather. Games will go on rain or shine.


**Games will measure a variety of skill sets and are appropriate for all ages. Children are welcome to participate, but we suggest there is a teen or older player with the child. 

Cornhole and Bocce Ball will be set up for the more casual player to enjoy through out the day. There will be breaks between games for food, drinks and bathroom breaks!

About the Il Palio:

siena-palioThe Palio di Siena is a horse race that is held twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on 2 July is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, a Marian devotion particular to Siena which developed around an icon from the Terzo Camollia. The Palio held on 16 August is named Palio dell’Assunta, in honour of the Assumption of Mary. The race itself, in which the jockeys ride bareback, circles the Piazza del Campo, on which a thick layer of dirt has been laid, three times and usually lasts no more than 90 seconds. It is common for a few of the jockeys to be thrown off their horses while making the treacherous turns in the piazza, and indeed, it is usual to see unmounted horses finishing the race without their jockeys.