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    Calendimaggio 2022

    Date: 4 May 2022 - 7 May 2022

    Calendimaggio 2022 will take place between 4 and 7 May, 2022, in Assisi. Traditionally, the festival is held each year in the first Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday after the 1st of May, to greet the arrival of spring. On this occasion, the town is divided in two parts – Nobilissima Parte de Sopra (Noble Upper Part) and Magnifica Parte de Sotto (Magnificent Lower Part). The parts challenge each other for the conquest of the Palio, through parades in medieval costumes, reenactment of medieval life and musical performances. A jury, composed of internationally renowned experts (a historian, a musicologist and an entertainment personality), choose the winner of each edition.   SHORT HISTORY The origins of Calendimaggio are lost in time. Most likely, the festival tried to revive ancient pagan customs that celebrated the return of spring and the renewal of the cycle of life. The ancient chronicles tell us that Assisi, at the beginning of the 14th century, reached its maximum splendor, a fact confirmed by the expansion of its walls, its numerous palaces and churches, the presence of the painters Giotto, Cimabue, Simone Martini, the Lorenzetti brothers… At the same time, the city was divided in two parts – Read more [...]

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    Pisan June 2022

    Date: 28 May 2022 - 6 July 2022

    The Pisan June (Giugno Pisano) is a series of events that take place every year during the month of June, in Pisa. The climax of the festival is represented by the celebrations held in honor of the patron saint of the city, San Ranieri (Saint Rainerius), on June 17. The Pisan June 2022 will probably begin at the end of May, with the historical game of Mazzascudo, and end at the beginning of July, when the ceremony of the Marriage with the Sea will be held. SHORT HISTORY Originally, Giugno Pisano included only the Luminara di San Ranieri, held on June 16, and the Palio of San Ranieri, held on the day of the Saint, on June 17. In order to create a month of interesting events, Gioco del Ponte (Battle of the Bridge) was also moved to June, on the last Saturday of the month. Over time, many other events were initiated, more or less linked to Saint Rainerius. Noteworthy are the recovered traditions of Mazzascudo, which takes place each year on May 28, in Piazza dei Cavalieri, and the Marriage with the Sea, which is held at the beginning of July. Although placed on different months, the two Read more [...]

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    Gioco del Ponte 2022

    Date: 25 June 2022

    Gioco del Ponte 2022 will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2022, on Ponte di Mezzo, in Pisa, as part of the series of events entitled Pisan June 2022. The Pisan June (Giugno Pisano) is a series of events which take place during the month of June, in Pisa, in honor of the patron saint of the city, San Ranieri (Saint Rainerius).   SHORT HISTORY Gioco del Ponte (Battle of the Bridge) has its roots in an ancient violent game called Mazzascudo, held on the day of Sant’Antonio Abate, on January 17. On this occasion, the citizens of the city, divided into two factions, fought with clubs and shields in the current Piazza dei Cavalieri. The game was banned by the Florentines after the occupation of Pisa, in 1407. Over the centuries, the game was repeatedly revived and interrupted, undergoing progressive changes to the original formula. At a certain time, the Florentines invented a dispute that was placed on Ponte di Mezzo, with the clubs and shields being replaced by a wooden board called Targone. The last battle disputed after this system dates back to February 6, 1807, when the queen regent of Etruria, Maria Luisa, suspended the game again. Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio di Provenzano 2022

    Date: 2 July 2022

    Palio di Provenzano 2022, the first act of the Palio di Siena 2022, held in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, will take place on July 2, 2022, in Siena. Palio di Siena is a horse race held twice a year in Siena, on July 2, under the title of Palio di Provenzano, dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, and on August 16, known as Palio dell’Assunta, in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Palio di Siena is practically an equestrian competition between the 17 contrade (districts) of the city, held in the beautiful Piazza del Campo. The race is preceded by the Corteo Storico (Historical Procession), a parade of about 700 people dressed in medieval costumes. Only 10 contrade out of a total of 17 will participate in the event – three drawn from last year’s participants and seven that were not present at the previous edition of the Palio di Provenzano.   SHORT HISTORY Horse races in Siena are held since the 13th century, when the Palio was the closing event of the annual festival dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Mary of the Assumption. Initially, there were many contrade, but after the plague Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio dell’Assunta 2022

    Date: 16 August 2022

    Palio dell’Assunta 2022, the second act of the Palio di Siena 2022, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, will take place on August 16, 2022, in Siena. Palio di Siena is a horse race between the 17 contrade (districts) of Siena, held twice a year in Piazza del Campo, the main square of the town. The Palio from July 2 is called Palio di Provenzano and it’s dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, while the one held on August 16 is called Palio dell’Assunta, and is held in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. The race is preceded by Corteo Storico (Historical Procession), a historical parade which includes about 700 participants representing the 17 contrade and the institutions of the ancient Republic of Siena. The procession starts in the afternoon from Piazza del Duomo and, after parading on the streets of the historical center of the town, arrives on the beautiful shell-shaped square Piazza del Campo. The actual race consists in circling three times Piazza del Campo. A contrada bears the name of a street, a church or of an illustrious family residing on its territory. The 17 contrade of Siena still competing today in the Palio Read more [...]