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Historic reenactments in Emilia-Romagna. August 2016

The period costume festivals and historic reenactments continue throughout the month of August with various opportunities for visitors to dive into the past and relive ancient splendors, habits and customs as well as the events that left their mark on the history of many places in our region.


The journey back in time will start in World War II, more specifically on August 31, 1944. On this important date, the memorable battle took place for the liberation of Montegridolfo (Rn), known today as one of the most significant reenactments of the Gothic Line. A real military camp with original military pieces and people dressed in both military uniforms and 1940s clothing will take over the Castle of Montegridolfo, offering visitors everyday life scenes, theater performances, shows, an antiques market, music, dancing and songs from the ‘30s-‘50s and finally the historic reenactment of the battle. Flavors of the past will return with bean and chickpea soup, potatoes cooked in ashes, corn on the cob, tripe and baked bread. August 13-14.



In the town of Mondaino, near Rimini, we go even further back in history, to 1459, when Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta and Federico da Montefeltro met to sign a truce between the two noble families, laying the foundation for a period of prosperity. And so a joyful and happy atmosphere will take over the streets of the town, where more than one hundred craftsmen will offer demonstrations of working with metals, fabrics, glass, paper and leather so you can discover the rare and sometimes lost manual crafts, and where they will show their majolica, paintings, arms, as well as their luthier, amanuensis, manuscript illuminating and engraving skills. All of this will lead up to the traditional Palio del Daino where the four “contrade” of Mondaino - Borgo, Castello, Contado and Montebello - will face off to win the prized title. After the "Goose Race", the first part of the Palio, the real tournament will begin, a sort of “foursquare” in which every round one player is eliminated. August 18-21.



Visitors in Cesenatico will find an invasion of Celts and Romans, where they can return to their ancestors' habits, toasting them while sipping hippocras and mead and listening to their music. You can go into their camps and learn about their stories until the warriors take up arms, ready to defend themselves against invaders, thus offering many battles shows that will leave you holding your breath. August 18-21.



There are many castles, fortresses and strongholds that, between Romagna and the Marche region, were part of the Malatesta family’s domain, the powerful noble family from Rimini that dominated these lands from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance. Also San Mauro Pascoli’s (Fc) past is linked to this historic noble family and with the “La Torre di Giovedia Medieval Festival” it will relive the year 1247. Two days to commemorate the medieval wedding between Concordia De’ Parcitadi of Rimini and Malatesta da Verucchio with celebrations in grand style. Music and flag wavers, falconry on horseback and duels, medieval merchants and funny entertainers will help visitors become a part of the celebration as special guests. August 27-28.



In the evocative setting of the Baluardo di Santa Maria in Ferrara, equestrian jousting among the Este, Ferrara and Grottazzolina champions will reenact, from August 26 to September 4, 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 clutched by participants in this very popular equestrian competition, where the jousters must hit chalk shields. It will be 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.


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