Corsa con gli Asini

The six races start among a triumph of flags, chants and high expectation atmosphere, waiting the Gonfalone awarding.  Starting from Corso Tulliano, going up to Piazza Municipio, quarters and districts challenge each other::

the jockey, dressed up with the typical dress of Ciociaria, rides a donkey only equipped with the bridle and the bit. The race starts at the Ponte gate up to Piazza Municipio for 330 m .

Corsa con gli Asini

the competitors, with the “ciocie” (typical shoes of Ciociaria) have to run up to Piazza Municipio, carrying a wooded barrow with iron wheels. The route is 280 m. long. Inside the barrow is set a sack full of grain as ballast and all weights 40 kg..   

Corsa con la Carriola Corsa con la Carriola

Only this race is reserved to women. It’s a terracotta amphora full of water, called “cannata”, symbol of Arpino and the Ciociaria. The competitors with the “ciocie” take it on the head, using a “spara”, a roll donut-shaped cloth on which is set the “cannata”. The route is 280 m. long.

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In this race, the competitors run in a jute sack and have to complete the entire route, 280 m. long, hoping on a feet. It’s absolutely prohibited to walk.

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Four competitors for a team, with the “ciocie”, have to pass the baton after completing the entire route from Piazza Municipio, through pebbled descent of Via Aquila Romana, going up to Corso Tulliano and coming back to Piazza Municipio. The route is 610 m long.

Corsa della Staffetta Corsa della Staffetta


After the relay race, among evening lights and colours, the Gonfalone continues in Piazza Municipio. The spectators, at the foot of the stage, assist to the last race with the hug-of-war’s “giants”. At the end of this very spectacular and exciting race, on the basis of the sum of scores, the quarter or district that has won the Gonfalone. 

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In questa gara gli atleti entrano in un “sacco di juta” e dovranno completare l’intero percorso di 280 m, saltellando all’interno del sacco. E’ assolutamente vietato camminare.