The Palio dell’Argentario, where the winds race

Palio Marinaro dell’Argentario, Porto Santo Stefano, Toscana

Next year, the Palio Marinaro dell’Argentario will be eighty years… “young”! Indeed the event can celebrate eight decades of almost uninterrupted editions since 1937.

Next August 15th, the waters off Porto Santo Stefano, on Tuscany’s southern coast, will ripple and foam during the intense rowing race between four boats (“guzzi”, in the local lingo), all named after Mediterranean winds: Grecale, Maestrale, Scirocco, Libeccio.

Each one is divided into four lanes, where four rowers and a coxswain will give their all to bring victory to the city districts they represent: Valle, Fortezza, Croce and Pilarella.

With a four-kilometer route to cover, heading out at sea and back for five times, the Palio dell’Argentario is one of the longest rowing competitions in the world.

Not to mention one of the most thrilling: after all, it’s our only chance to see the winds race against each other!

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July 28, 2016

The Palio dell’Argentario, where the winds race

Porto Santo Stefano, Monte Argentario (Gr)