Giostra della Quintana – The Challenge – Foligno
June 11th and 12th, 2021. Medieval tournament between the city’s ten districts.
On Thursday 11th and on Friday 12th,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 and the Rivincita (“rematch”) in September. The Rematch is anticipated by the Baroque White NIght on the first Saturday of September.
This year the Rematch will take place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 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 Saturday the city of Foligno becomes the setting for a great historical parade in which hundreds of costumed figures participate.
On Sunday 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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