Sunday 20 March 2022

Statue of Dante in front of the Casa della Pietà, Piazza dei Signori, Verona, Italy (Copyright © 2018 Hendrik Böttger /


Dating back to the year 1208, the Palio di Verona is the world's oldest foot race. The event was held annually until the end of the eighteenth century. After a break of more than 200 years, it was revived in 2008.

Italy's great poet Dante Alighieri (ca. 1265-1321), a statue of whom stands on Verona's Piazza dei Signori (pictured), referred to the event in his famous "Divina Commedia" as the "Palio del drappo verde" ("Race of the Green Cloth").

The drappo verde is still awarded to the fastest man and woman. And like in medieval times, the last male finisher receives a cock. Other traditions have changed over the years. Participants run, for instance, not naked any more.

The race distance and the course have also changed many times.

In 2022, the route will begin and end in the village of Santa Maria in Stelle which is situated in the picturesque wine-and-olive-producing Valpantena valley, approximately nine kilometres from Verona's city centre.

The race is a very hilly and scenic 8.75km multi-terrain run through vineyards, woods and olive groves. The course features about 240 metres of ascent.


Map of the venue:


603. Palio del Drappo Verde:


  • 20 March 2022 (Sunday)

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  • 2022: 125
  • 2021: Event cancelled
  • 2020: Event cancelled
  • 2019: 232
  • 2018: 228



Race information:


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