A dip in the Middle Ages in the heart of Tuscany. Dames and knights, musicians and flag-wavers, jesters, witches, falconers will animate Montopoli in Val d'Arno, in the province of Pisa, where Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September will take place "Montopoli Medioevo".
The president of the regional council Eugenio Gianihe recalled that this "is one of those events, entered the Italian Games Historical Foundation, in 1991, for its historical roots and not as a folk event".
For two days, among crafts shops and taverns, encampments of soldiers and war machines, it will be possible to relive the fascinating and mysterious medieval atmosphere, thanks to a careful historical reconstruction and an evocative scenery that will frame the 'challenge' with the 'arco: the competition between the districts of the "Perinsù" and the "Peringiù".
"It is one of the most long-lived festivals in Tuscany," said the regional councilor Andrea Pieroni - and among those more faithful to the history and reconstruction of the daily life of the Middle Ages. Moreover Montopoli is famous in the world for having hosted the battle of San Romano that gives its name to the tables of Paolo Uccello ".
Saturday there will be the medieval dinner under the Tower of San Matteo and the investiture of the archers of the challenge while the culmination of the party will be Sunday afternoon with the parade and the challenge with the bow, called to revive the old rivalry between montakesi, inhabitants before and after the church.
On the sidelines of the press conference the regional councilor Fiammetta Capirossi, president of the Tuscan association, historical re-enactments recalled that "in its kind it is one of the best known and oldest manifestations".
"The event - he said Giovanni Capecchi, mayor of Montopoli Val d'Arno - was designed to represent the glorious past of the castle ". "The particularity of this party - he added Serena Nazzi , president of the Pro Loco Montopoli Val d'Arno - it is precisely that of recreating the life of the Middle Ages within the town ".
The importance of the kermesse as "flywheel for the local economy" and as "moment of aggregation between different generations" has been reiterated by the councilor for the promotion of the territorySamuele Fiorentini.
Also this year the entrance will be offered and continue the guided tours theatrical times to discover the places and traditions of the village.