Now that we are heading towards January, and the Christmas period is becoming a distant memory,we can start to plan our summer holidays – if nothing else, it gives is something to look forward to.
If you love medieval history, have a look at the following dates and plan your trip accordingly during June, July and August.
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Medieval Festivals in Tuscany:
We are located very close to Siena, a city that is worth visiting any time of the year, but that is especially exciting during the summer Palio’s. Not reccommended for children, but a load of fun for adult couples or groups of friends – this is one of the worlds most famous horse races, and is written about in travel blogs and magazines the world over.
The dates are always July 2 and August 16. Most of the thousands of people who attend the race stand in the center of the crowded piazza vying for a place along the track and a glimpse of the horses as they speed by. A privileged few are able to reserve seating from an air conditioned private palazzo, but these tickets need to be booked in advance – and are fairly costly.
Also, it really is part of the whole experience to be jostled in the center of the piazza, and feel the excitement in the air as the horses come in to race. The July Palio date is also still technically ‘mid season’ at Castellare di Tonda, so apartments are economical, and the weather is 99% guaranteed to be great.
Volterra Medieval Festival AD 1398 August 16/17 and 23/24th
One of the best medieval festivals in Italy, and sadly not publicized half as much as it should ve. Volterra, an Etruscan fortressed city located on a high tufo cliff already has a timeless feel about it, but when the inhabitants of the city dress in medieval costume, and the cobbled streets ring with folk music – something about this town changes. The park is full of ale and wine drinking locals, with falconry demonstrations, archery, and medieval games. The main piazza is used for drumming demonstrations, flag throwing and medieval dance, and also hosts a medieval market and various interesting stalls with old books, weapons and more. Highly recommended.
Monteriggioni Medieval Festival. 18,19, 20, 25.26,27 July
The Castle of Monteriggioni has remained largely intact and thus provides the natural backdrop for any event with a historical setting.
Inside the small old town, still enclosed by the ancient walls mentioned by Dante, the living memory of the Middle Ages reaches an amazing intensity during the days of the festival, when figures dressed in costume, torchbearers, fire dancers and wandering poets transport anyone strolling its streets far into the past.Magicians, jugglers, acrobats, improvisational theatre and rhyme groups, noble maidens and comely wenches, an apothecary and a medieval hospital to restore your health, sword swallowers, snake charmers and the most representative artists of Tuscan popular traditions all await you at the Castle of Monteriggioni, decked out for the festivals of lords and commoners. There is also a children’s medieval space and other countless fantastic surprises.
San Gimignano “Ferie delle Messe” Third week of June
The Ferie delle Messi orMedieval Harvest Festival returns every year to San Gimignano and represents a celebration from medieval times that is organized throughout the entire historical centre of this beautiful medieval village in Tuscany. The “Knights of St. Fina” is an association which has organized the event since 1993 with the scope of celebrating the “cavalier” tradition in honor of the knights of San Gimignano that took part in the famous regional Battle of Montaperti (1260) and Campaldino (1289), as described in ancient documents.
The event takes place on the third weekend of June starting on Friday night, and continuing through Saturday evening and all day Sunday. During these hours, the town takes a step back in time offering a typical medieval and fun atmosphere, recalling the ancient scents and traditions of the time. This festival has costumed horsemen, and is of particular interest to our horse loving guests!!
Castellare di Tonda is located 20-40 minutes from all of the above medieval festivals, and so is the perfect location for you to base yourself. After a day enjoying medieval festivities, you can enjoy a glass of our Chianti wine and a swim in the Tuscan countryside.