Giostra del Saracino – September – Arezzo
3 September 2023. Medieval reenactment and challenge between the 4 districts of the city
On the first Sunday of September – 3 September 2023 – Arezzo hosts the 144th edition of the Giostra del Saracino, a historical re-enactment in medieval costume in which the four districts of the city challenge each other.
Giostra del Saracino is one of the most sumptuous of the many Italian folk festivals due to its very rich and exciting choreography, with a Historical Parade of over 300 costumed figures accompanied by a group of musicians and 39 flag-wavers.
In the Giostra 8 knights (two per District) challenge each other to hit the Buratto’s shield (Buratto is impersonating the “King of the Indies”) with the spear at the end of a fast galloping career (less than 5 seconds) without being hit by the flail, shouldered by Buratto.
The Buratto is a spring-loaded metal puppet, with a shield in his left hand and a flail (medieval weapon with three wooden balls) in his right.
The Giostra del Saracino takes place twice a year: the penultimate Saturday of June (Giostra di San Donato) and the first Sunday of September (Giostra della Madonna del Conforto).
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