Do Donkeys Race…?

Palio degli Asini, Alba 2011

On the first Sunday in October is the big event in Alba’s calendar. A medieval festival culminating in the Palio degli Asini, kicks off Alba’s month-long truffle festival.

The Palio is raced in the piazza where the weekly market is held and involves the various ‘borgo’ (suburb or neighbourhood) of Alba racing donkeys around a short, oval course.

The history of the race stems from the parochial (and historic) rivalry between Alba and Asti. Apparently the two towns have fought since the beginning of time and although legend has become interwoven with fact, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

However, as Counting to Dieci has never let the facts get in the way of a good story, we are running with the most fun version of the legend… Continue reading