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Joust of Districts in Oria – Apulia

On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018, historical reenactment in honor of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily

11 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018 Puglia -Oria (BR)  Folklore | Historical reenactments

Since 1967, the town of Oria, in the Province of Brindisi, hosts Torneo dei Rioni (Joust of Districts), a historical reenactment in honor of Frederick II (1194 – 1250), Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily.

The modern tournament is inspired by the 1225 tournament called by Frederick II in honor of John of Brienne, father of his wife-to-be Jolanda and guest of the Imperial Court.
Each year, in remembrance of that event, the four districts of Oria (Castello, Lama, Judea e Santo Basilio) compete against each other to win the yearned Palio.

The celebrations begin the day before the medieval tournament with the usual Historical Parade featuring over 1000 participants. Ladies, nobles, knights and jesters follow Frederick II through the streets of Oria. Starting from Istituto dei Padri Rogazionisti, the parade ends in piazza Manfredi with the opening ceremony of the Palio.


The town of Oria

Jews' gate in Oria
Jews’ gate in Oria

According to Herodotus, Oria was founded by a group of Cretans landed on the Salento Coast after the sinking of their ship. The town reached its peak between the 8th and 10th Century, thanks to its  thriving Jewish community. The narrow streets of the ancient Jewish Ghetto are a testimony of its glorious past. In 1225, Frederick II defeated the Normans, who had ruled over Oria for almost 200 years. The Castle of Oria hosted the wedding between the Holy Roman Emperor and his wife Jolanda of Brienne.



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