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Giostra del Saracino

03/09/2017

This major Mediaeval event has been staged in Arezzo since the 12th century. It is described by Dante Alighieri in the XXII canto of the Inferno “So, Aretines, I’ve seen scouts on your land, and raiding parties ride, and seen the clash of tournaments and running jousts”. It takes place twice a year: the night-time version is held on the second-last Saturday in June (the Joust of Saint Donatus, patron saint of Arezzo), whereas the day-time version is staged on the first Sunday in September (the Joust of the Madonna of Comfort, protectress of the city). The event attracts thousands of visitors, who throng the city streets. Hundreds of extras in Mediaeval costume, accompanied by horses, take part in the procession, to the sound of clarions blown under colourful flags. The chivalrous contest sees representatives of the four city quarters going up against each other, as they attempt, with their lances, to hit a target located on the shield of the “Buratto”, a wooden effigy of the King of the Indies. Let yourself be carried away by the unique party atmosphere.

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