Giostra della Quintana – The Challenge – Foligno
6-7 August 2021. Medieval tournament between the city’s ten districts.
On Friday 6th and Saturday 7th, August 2021 the medieval horse tournament La Giostra della Quintana comes back for “La Sfida” (the Challenge)
The competition between the 10 districts of Foligno is usually taking place twice a year: the Sfida (“challenge”) in June (this year in August) and the Rivincita (“rematch”) that will take place in September 11th and 12th, 2021 >>>
Two weeks before the Giostra the 10 taverns of the 10 districts stay open and it is possible to taste many traditional recipes of the 17th Century cuisine, prepared with products grown in the Foligno area.
On Friday the city of Foligno becomes the setting for a great historical parade in which hundreds of costumed figures participate.
On Saturday the goal of the competition is to ride around the track of the ancient Foligno stadium (Campo de li Giochi) as quickly as possible, trying to insert the lance into a ring hanging from a statue of Mars (the so-called “quintanone”) without getting any penalties. The ring becomes smaller every time: 8 cm, 6 cm and 5 cm.
The first Quintana dates back to 1448.
The modern version of Quintana is dated 1946.
The name “Quintana” comes from the 5th street of ancient Roman military camps where the soldiers were trained in lance fighting.
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