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Girifalco Archery

On August 14th, 2021 twenty-four crossbowmen challenge each other.

Girifalco Archery - Massaaa Marittim Tuscany Italy
14 Aug 2021 Tuscany -Massa Marittima (Grosseto)  Folklore | Historical reenactments

Balestro del Girifalco (Girifalco Archery) is the traditional crossbow competition taking place in Massa Marittima, in the Province of Grosseto, on the fourth Sunday of May and on August 14th.

A Medieval parade opens the celebrations.

Twenty-four crossbowmen, eight for each “Terziere” of the Tuscan town, challenge each other. The closer an arrow lands to the center of the target (called “corniolo”), the more points are awarded.

 

(photo taken from the website of the event)

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