The Pisan June 2023 (Giugno Pisano 2023) will take place during the month of June, 2023, in the beautiful city of Pisa. The Pisan June 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 San Ranieri (Saint Rainerius), the patron saint of the city, on June 17. SHORT HISTORY Originally, Giugno Pisano included only the Luminara of Saint Rainerius, held on June 16, and the Palio of Saint Rainerius, held on the day of the saint, on June 17. In order to create a month of interesting events, the Battle of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte) was also moved to June, on the last Saturday of the month. Over time, many other events were initiated, more or less linked to the patron saint of Pisa. Noteworthy are the recovered traditions of Mazzascudo, which takes place every 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 events usually open and close the Pisan June. Once every four years, Read more [...]
The main events of the city are gathered under the title of Giugno Pisano (Pisan June), the entire month of June being dedicated to traditional events, historical reenactments, concerts and exhibitions. Every year, during this month, Pisa celebrates Luminara di San Ranieri on June 16, Palio di San Ranieri on June 17, Gioco del Ponte on the last Saturday of June and, every 4 years, the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics.
Luminara di San Ranieri 2023 will take place on Friday, June 16, 2023, in Pisa, as part of the series of events entitled Pisan June 2023. Luminara of Saint Rainerius is a candlelight festival dedicated to the patron saint of the city. On this occasion, the city lights up with thousands of candles, creating an evocative and unique atmosphere that seems to bring the visitors back in time. Each year, approximately 100,000 candles placed on wooden frames outline the architectural forms of the palaces, bridges, churches and towers located on the banks of the Arno River. Later in the evening, many of the candles will be placed on the river water, between the Fortezza Bridge and the Citadella Bridge, creating an enchanting play of lights and reflections. SHORT HISTORY The first official document attesting the tradition of illuminating the city of Pisa with oil lamps dates back to 1337. Before 1688, the feast was held on several occasions. Notable are the 1539 edition, in honor of Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and the wife of Grand Duke Ferdinando II, and the one of June 14, 1662, when the lights were set up in honor of Margherita Luisa, Read more [...]
Palio di San Ranieri 2023 will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2023, in Pisa, as part of the series of events entitled Pisan June 2023. Palio of Saint Rainerius (San Ranieri), also known as the Regatta of Saint Rainerius, is actually a rowing race held every year on June 17, along the Arno River, in honor of the patron saint of Pisa. 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, which is now kept in the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, the palio began to recall this event. Beginning with 1718, the palio was disputed on June 17, for the anniversary of Saint Rainerius. THE PALIO Palio di San Ranieri is preceded by a historical procession. The palio 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 Read more [...]
Gioco del Ponte 2023 will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2023, on Ponte di Mezzo, in Pisa, as part of the series of events entitled Pisan June 2023. Gioco del Ponte (Battle of the Bridge) is a historical reenactment event held every year on the last Saturday of June, in Pisa. SHORT HISTORY The 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 its 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. The modern version of the game appeared in 1935. During the Second Read more [...]