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Archery and crossbow tournaments, music, dance, and a knight single combat to gain the title of Este Paladin

Baluardo della Fortezza - Viale IV Novembre

Ferrara (FE)

A medieval reenactment takes place in the beautiful area of the Baluardo della Fortezza where the ancient Castle Tedaldo used to stand.

There will be a Medieval camp with daily life scenes, duels, archery and crossbow tournaments, the merchants' street, and a tavern where it will be possible to taste local specialities.

Flag-waving games, musicians, fire-eaters, ladies and knights lead visitors through the evocative atmosphere of the Middle Ages.

The most important event is the “Giostra del Monaco”, the only joust with iron jousting sticks in Italy, where the knights fight for the title of Paladin. The knights represent the three cities of the White Eagle (Este, Ferrara and Grottazzolina) and after the presentation and recognition of the herald, they have to hit a target with their joust.

The target is made up of three chalk shields of varying size, set about three meters high on a special "fork". For every target hit, the judges give points: more for the small shield and less for the bigger ones. There are five rounds for every knight to hit the targets and the winner is declared the "Paladino Estense".

Date: the event will be held from Aug 24, 2018 to Sep 02, 2018

Event timetable: every day from 6.30pm except Saturday and Sunday from 12.30am


The Games Court:
Games and tournaments from the Middle Ages - Archers camp with ability games every day

The Medieval Camp
"Castel Tedaldo" military camp and "Compagnia dell’Aquila Bianca" military camp

"Arena del Baluardo"
Daily activities for children. Shows, dances, jugglers and flag games. Historical reenactments, tournaments and theatre shows. Reenactment of the Battle of Cassino d'Adda.

Entrance: free entry

Information and Booking Centre

Tourist Information Office
Castello Estense - 44121 Ferrara - Phone: ++39 0532 209370 - 299303 - Fax: ++39 0532 212266
Weekday timetable:

9.00am - 6.00pm

Weekend timetable:

9.30am - 5.30pm

By Ferrara editorial staff (Aug 13, 2019)

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