Arezzo


The following Sunday we went to Arezzo for the market and the twice a year jousting ceremony.  If you’re interested in the history please check out the link below, also if you’re in Italy I highly recommend it.  Primo, the market:

the church next to the market

the church next to the market

Then the festivities began; first the men were announced and paraded through town with marching bands and then later the jousting began. There are four different groups/teams each represent a quarter of the town:

  • Porta Crucifera know as Culcitrone(green and red colors),
  • Porta del Foro know as Porta S.Lorentino(yellow and crimson colors),
  • Porta Sant’Andrea (white and green colors) and
  • Porta del Borgo, today called Porta Santo Spirito (yellow and blue colors).

We found out that San Giovanni Valdarno is of Porta del Foro and decided to buy some scarves to represent.

putting up the target for the jousters before the event began

putting up the target for the jousters before the event began

Anna, Aneja, Alex, Carol, and Gabby

After some lunch we were off to the square where we got a reasonably good spot (not in the craziness of the crowd but able to see the jousters run).  Everyone entered and the events commenced.

Flag throwing!

Flag throwing!

look how high those flags go!

look how high those flags go!

enter the jousters

enter the jousters

After the second joust they realized they would not win

Then we headed home on the train, speaking Italian most of the way.

Then we headed home on the train, speaking Italian most of the way.

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