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Maritime palio of the Argentario

Maritime palio of the Argentario

From 1937 on August 15 of every year, excluding the war years, the Palio Marinaro dell’Argentario takes place in Porto Santo Stefano, a rowing race among the longest in the world, which consists of a competition between the four districts of the country, Pilarella, Valle, Croce and Fortezza. The individual crews are composed of a helmsman plus four rowers, who must travel ten times the distance of four hundred meters between two buoys for a total of four thousand meters.

In June, on the occasion of the celebrations of the patron saint of Sant’Erasmo in Porto Ercole, a nocturnal procession of paved boats takes place. The event provides, since 1978, the holding of a rowing palio in the old port, known as the Four Fortresses, named after the Spanish fortresses that surround the town: Forte Filippo, the Rocca, Forte Santa Caterina, Forte Stella.