Every August, the 1,400 residents of hillside village Mondaino in Italy welcome over 20,000 people for the renowned medieval festival, Palio del Daino. For four days this little town, located 25 miles southwest of Rimini, travels back in time hundreds of years, providing its many visitors with a medieval experience like no other.
The Palio del Daino festival recreates the intense historical period of the 15th century in such detail that it has been recognized by the European Historical Re-enactment Consortium. An era that was dominated by bitter disputes between the Marche and Romagna regions about the ownership of land was finally settled over a peace agreement made in the year 1459, bringing an end to the harsh living conditions, high taxes, and famine faced by residents. The pact was signed near the agricultural town of Mondaino and was celebrated by the local population with games and festivities, re-enacted to this very day through the Palio del Daino festival.