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    Festa della Sensa 2020

    Date: 23 May 2020 - 24 May 2020

    Festa della Sensa 2020, one of the most evocative Venetian traditions, will take place on May 23 and 24, in Venice. The Feast of the Ascension recalls important moments in the history of the Republic of Venice, through the ceremony of the Marriage of the Sea (Sposalizio del Mare) and the various regattas that takes place on this occasion in the Venetian lagoon. Festa della Sensa is, without doubt, one of the most anticipated and appreciated events in the Venetian calendar, not only by locals, but also by tourists.   SHORT HISTORY Festa della Sensa was born on the day of the Ascension of Christ, to commemorate two very important moments in the history of Venice. The first event occurred on May 9, in the year 1000, when the Doge Pietro Orseolo defeated the Slavs who threatened Dalmatia, allowing Venice to become the absolute power of the Adriatic Sea. The second event recalls the peace treaty signed in Venice in 1177, between the Doge Sebastiano Ziani, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Alessandro III, which marked the end of a centuries-old conflict between the Empire and the Papacy. On this occasion, the Doge received gifts from the Pope and, at the Read more [...]

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    Pisan June 2020

    Date: 28 May 2020 - 6 July 2020

    The Pisan June (Giugno Pisano) is a series of events that take place every year during the month of June, in Pisa, whose climax is represented by the celebrations held in honor of the patron saint of the city, San Ranieri (Saint Rainerius), on June 17th. The Pisan June 2020 will take place between May 28, when the historical game of Mazzascudo will be held in Piazza dei Cavalieri, and July 6, when the ceremony of the Marriage with the Sea will happen.   SHORT HISTORY Originally, Giugno Pisano included only the Luminara held on the eve of the festival and the Palio of San Ranieri held on the day of the Saint, on June 17. Once every four years, the Pisan June also included the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics, the historical reenactment event recalling the rivalry of the most famous Italian maritime republics: Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa and Venice, during which four rowing crews representing each republic compete against each other. In order to create a month of interesting events, the 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 Read more [...]

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    Mazzascudo 2020

    Date: 28 May 2020

    The historical reenactment of the ancient game of Mazzascudo will take place on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Piazza dei Cavalieri, in Pisa.   SHORT HISTORY Mazzascudo (or Mazza-Scudo) was a medieval game played in Pisa, considered the precursor to the Battle of the Bridge. There are not many documented information about Mazzascudo. From an anonymous 15th century poem, we learn that the game of Massa-Schudo was held in Piazza delle Sette Vie (later Piazza degli Anziani, now Piazza dei Cavalieri) in a period between Christmas and the Carnival. The game was a confrontation of two parties called Gallo and Gazza, distinguished by the color of the shields and helmets – the first team in gold and the second in red. The weapons used by the combatants in the battle consisted mainly of a wooden bat (mazza) and a shield (scudo), hence the name of the game. Other information can be derived from the Pisan Histories of Raphael Roncioni, completed in 1605, but published in 1844, from which we learn that in 1264, after a battle against the city of Lucca, the Pisans played Mazzascudo under the walls of the rivals to celebrate the victory. The game was played for Read more [...]

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    Palio di San Ranieri 2020

    Date: 17 June 2020

    Palio di San Ranieri (Regatta of Saint Rainerius) will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, along the river Arno, in Pisa, as part of the series of events entitled Pisan June 2020, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, San Ranieri.   SHORT HISTORY The first information about a regatta in Pisa dates back to the year 1292, when a palio was held in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. After the Battle of Lepanto of 1571, when the Order of Saint Stephen fought on water against the Ottomans and captured the pennant of the enemy, a pennant that is now held in the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, the regatta began to recall this event. Starting with 1718, the palio is disputed on June 17, for the anniversary of Saint Rainerius.   PROGRAM OF THE EVENT The Regatta of San Ranieri, preceded by a historical parade on the streets of the historical center of Pisa, is disputed among 4 crews representing the 4 historical districts of the city, two of Tramontana and two of Mezzogiorno – San Francesco (yellow boat), San Martino (red boat), Santa Maria (blue boat) and Sant’Antonio (green boat). Each crew Read more [...]

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    Gioco del Ponte 2020

    Date: 27 June 2020

    Gioco del Ponte 2020 will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2020, on the Ponte di Mezzo, in Pisa, as part of the series of events entitled Pisan June 2020.   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 themselves 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 the Ponte di Mezzo, with the clubs and shields being replaced by a wooden board called the 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. The modern version of the game appeared in 1935. During the Second World War, due also to the demolition of the Ponte di Mezzo, the game was suspended. Revived Read more [...]