Giostra del Saracino – September
On September 1st a fascinating Medieval reenactment in Arezzo.
Giostra del Saracino, the Medieval reenactment featuring a rich and exciting scenery takes place this year on September 1st, 2019 in Arezzo. The event takes place and involves the participation of the four neighborhoods of the town. A rich and exciting scenery, over 300 extras wearing Medieval costumes, dozens of clarions and drum players, 39 flag wavers and much more. For all these reasons Giostra del Saracino is considered one of the most fascinating folkloristic events in Italy.
During the modern joust, started in 1931, eight knights (two for each neighbourhood), compete by hitting with their lances the shield of Buratto (a puppet symbolizing the “King of the Indies”), trying not to be hit by the mezzafusto, a Medieval weapon hold by the Buratto in its right hand.
On the Maestro di Campo’s signal, the knight rides his horse along the lizza, a dirt track crossing Piazza Grande diagonally, and runs against the Buratto. The strike must be quick and precise because the puppet starts to rotate as soon as the lance of the knight hits its body.
Giostra del Saracino usually takes place twice a year: the second to last Saturday of June (Giostra di San Donato) and the first Sunday of September (Giostra della Madonna del Conforto). This year’s 139th edition is on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
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Istituzione Giostra del Saracino
Ufficio Turismo, Giostra del Saracino e Folklore
Via della Bicchieraia, 26 – 52100 Arezzo
Tel. +39 0575/377462-3