In the picturesque walled city of Arezzo, a medieval ritual is conducted twice each year in which locals don the colours and armour of knights to engage in a jousting competition.
In this video, we join in the pageantry of the ‘Giostra del Saracino’, where longstanding family rivalries can play out on horseback.
The ancient game of chivalry dates back to the Middle Ages, and was originally an exercise for military training. The tournament was regularly held in Arezzo between the 16th and 17th centuries, having an important social function within the urban community.
After a brief popular revival between the 18th and 19th century, the joust was interrupted after 1810, only to reappear in 1904. Finally, the joust was definitively restored in 1931 as a form of historical re-enactment, and quickly acquired a competitive character.
Learn more about the Giostra del Saracino here.
View the original video here.
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