All Historical Reenactments in Pisa

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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 [...]