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The festivals in costume and historic reenactments continue over the summer with various opportunities to dive into the past and relive ancient splendors and events that left their mark on the history of many places in our region.


rottasalesmall.jpgIn Cervia, along the Romagna coast, on July 17 the historic reenactment Rotta del Sale will take place. This event will commemorate the trade route that ran from this seaside town to the Republic of Venice, and which was one of the main trade routes starting as early as the end of the 12th century. There will be festivities held in the Piazzale dei Salinari with a themed show and live music.


festivalsaracenismall.jpgAlong the Romagna coast, the canal and the old town of Bellaria Igea Marina will be the setting of the “Saracen Festival”, a reenactment in costume dating back to when the Turks were threatening the coast.  The characteristic arrival of historic sailboats will kick things off and the festival will continue with shows, dancing, music, horse-racing and a Saracen banquet. July 12-14.


dalmedioevorinascimentosmall.jpgAn extraordinary night atmosphere in the medieval fortress of Castrocaro Terme, just inland from Forlì, will be the setting for the spectacular events of the reenactment From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance".  This manifestation commemorates the passing of the Fortress of Castrocaro and its surrounding lands from the State of the Church to the Republic of Florence (19 May 1403) and the creation of the Romagna Tuscany province, the capital of which was in Castrocaro until 1579.  In the wavering light of hundreds of torches, visitors can see archers, duelers, falconers, dames, knights, artisans, jugglers and fire-eaters, musicians and storytellers.  July 18-20.


bundancelticfestsmall.jpgOften it is forgotten that the Celts were among the first and most important settlers of the entire plains area that the Romans called Cisapline Gaul.  This period lasted for several centuries during which a particular Ferrara language was formed, contributing to the local culture and traditions.  The "Bundan Celtic Festival" in Bondeno, near Ferrara, recreates a slice of Celtic life, with archery tournaments, warrior duels, recreations of daily life scenes and weddings during the Celtic period, battles, stories, Celtic menus, music, dancing and fire.


copy_of_rivive300.jpgThe Pallavicino Castle of Varano de' Melegari, located about 30 kilometers from Parma, an example of the most advanced medieval military architecture, will host "Rivive il '300" (Relive the 1300s) on Sunday, July 21.  The courtyard of this manor will be transported back in time to when the Pallavicino family ruled this area, thanks to scenes from daily life created by historic groups.  There will be many merchants recreating crafts from the early Middle Ages, and there will also be demonstrations of archery, combating, sword fighting, and street musicians.  Also worth seeing are the puppets of Patrizio Dall'Argine performing "Il Florindo Innamorato".  A big nighttime show will end the day's celebrations.


trofeobastionismall.jpgOn July 27, the beautiful main square of Terra del Sole, the little town just a few miles away from Castrocaro Terme, just inland from Forli, will be the setting for the Trofeo dei Bastioni, a historic reenactment in which old and new crossbow shooters will face off in a challenge among the four bastions.  Built during the Renaissance to watch over the boarder with the Papal States, Terra del Sole has maintained its city-fortress charm, an "ideal fortified town", constructed to be a mini version of the harmony produced in major towns by the best architects of that era.

Last modified Sep 09, 2014

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