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End of summer historic reenactments. 2015

These historic reenactments will take you back in time to discover lost habits and ancient crafts, but they will also allow you to remember real events that left their mark on history.  There will also be many side events accompanying you to the end of summer, and great deals offering a good opportunity to spend a weekend dedicated to conviviality and historic and cultural enrichment.


The time machine awaits you just inland from Rimini, in Verucchio, to take you back to the ancient Middle Ages, an epoch of glory and fighting, splendors and noble families.  And in the lands around Rimini, it was the Malatesta noble family who ruled this area and in whose honor there will be celebrations all month.  The imposing Rocca Malatestiana, called “Rocca del Sasso” for its position on a rocky outcrop that overlooks the town, valley and plains up to the Adriatic Sea, will become the Rocca dIncanto at night when it is at its most alluring.  Almost every evening, until August 30, the doors will be opened for medieval dinners, dancing, fighting and fun characters, conferences on ancient habits, guided tours, holistic treatments and meditation.  Card readers, astrologists and ancient fortune tellers will reveal the secrets of their ancient magic arts and among torches and candles an evocative wandering show will be held.


In the evocative setting of the Santa Maria Bastion in Ferrara, equestrian jousting among the Este, Ferrara and Grottazzolina champions will reenact, until August 30, the tormented years of hostility between the Este noble family and da Romano.  It is also a great opportunity to totally immerse yourself in the Middle Ages.  This event is called the "Giostra del Monaco" (The Monk's Joust); here the weapon of choice is an iron joust, which was widely used in the Middle Ages.  This weapon is held tight by participants in this very popular equestrian competition, where the jousters must hit chalk shields. It is held after ten intense days of medieval life with all its colors, costumes, flavors and ancient crafts, as well as cultural meetings, music, dancing, theater performances, food and wine, games and military reenactments.


The month of September begins with the ancient Palio di Santa Reparata.  On schedule for the weekend of September 5 and 6, the lovely medieval town of Terra del Sole will reenact a competition held on October 8, 1549 for the inauguration of the Byzantine parish church of S. Reparata, when four local youngsters rode from the church to the Sussubio castle where the magistrates awarded the winner a pennant embroidered with the image of the Martyr Reparata. On the day of the Palio, the two districts, Borgo Romano and Borgo Fiorentino, compete in a tug of war and with ancient crossbows and for this occasion, a procession of three hundred participants in costumes from the sixteenth century will wind its way from the two castles to Piazza d’Armi, accompanied by the shrill blast of clarions, drum rolls and flags tossed in the air.


Preceded by two days of previews, Sunday, September 6 and Saturday, September 12, and ending with the two main days on September 19 and 20, in Parma the ancient palio, which dates back to at least the year 1314, will be held.  This historic event is centered around the relay race among the five teams that represent the five ancient gates of the city.  Further enlivening this event are parades in costume, battles among medieval warriors, dancing and entertainment typical of that era.  Each of the five city gates is also represented by a group of flag wavers.  At the medieval village in Piazza Della Pilota, participants can enjoy a slice of medieval life with flag wavers, ancient crafts, wandering minstrels, jugglers and jesters, birds of prey on display and in flight, and battle simulations, and dinner must be had at the medieval tavern.


Also Forlimpopoli will make the history books with Un de int la Roca ad Frampul - from the local dialect meaning “a day in the fortress of Forlimpopoli".  The imposing town fortress, one of the most beautiful in Romagna, will host the celebrations which were ordered by the countess Battistina Savelli in the 1500s in honor of the return of her groom Brunoro II Zampeschi from France.  Merchants, witches, craftsmen, charlatans, jesters, fire eaters, Warriors, flag wavers and drum players will come together for a spectacular historic parade as well as tournaments, exhibitions, breathtaking shows, a themed market and Renaissance dinners.  September 10-13.


The enchanted town of Castell'Arquato relives the Middle Ages along the streets of the town, where romantic dames cheer on their brave knights, festive and noisy crowds forget the difficulties of the day before getting back to work, and chatty merchants are ready to charm you with their precious wares, while along the Arda River heavy arms await battle.  Everyone will gather to see the International Tournament of Heavy Armor and the Archery Tournament as well as the medieval cooking competition of local chefs and the exhibitions of falconry and equestrian games.  The Great Final Battle along the Arda River will close out the event.  September 12-13.


The neo-gothic town of Grazzano Visconti (Pc) and its fairytale atmosphere will host "A Magical Day" also for small children who can learn while having fun among medieval arts, adventures in costume, horseback riding in the saddle of faithful steeds, ancient duels with swords and axes, archery, balance beams, fantastic stories of animals and monsters, medieval dancing, and even magic potion making workshops! September 13.

The Medieval Festivals in Medicina (BO) recall the passage of Frederick I of Swabia, also called Barbarossa, in 1154, when he fell ill and, thanks to a broth in which a snake had mistakenly fallen, he soon became well again. In recognition of the town and its citizens, the Emperor gave it the name Medicina (Medicine) making it independent from Bologna, delineated its borders and gave it privileges and tax exemptions.  There will be three full days of celebrations, which will continue late into the night on Saturday, while on Sunday, as is the tradition, a parade of people will fill the streets downtown celebrating and saluting the Emperor Barbarossa.  September 18-20.


The magnificent Rocca delle Caminate Park in Meldola, just inland from Forlì and covering almost 20 acres, will exceptionally open its doors to the public for the occasion of “Falcons and Bows”.  The key moments of the 22nd edition of this festival dedicated to hunting, falconry and medieval arms will be the Archery Tournament of the Mayors of Romagna, the "Lucrezia Pico della Mirandola" Historic Bow and Walking Tournament, the parade and the final show of medieval fencing and falconry.  The public can participate in medieval games and duels, admire birds of prey in flight, and watch demonstrations of ancient crafts.  September 19-20.

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