This Sunday and the next on August 26th Volterra goes back to the Middle Ages with the great event Volterra A.D. 1398.
The Medieval Festival
Volterra A.D. 1398 is an important medieval festival held in the center of the beautiful Volterra where you can go back in time to 1398, when Volterra was under Florence control. The city goes back to its medieval life with its street performers, special events, tradesmen, artisans, musicians and dancers, jugglers, knights and peasants.
Within the city center the city life is back with artisans working and live events, while at the archaeological park you can admire the farmers’ life with peasants, farm’s animals, as well as a military camp with arms and falconry shows.
There is also a special area dedicated to children with magical adventures, man-eating giants, fairies and battles.
Then from Monday august 20th to Saturday August 25th there are special night events within the city districts, such as the Procession of the Nobility at 9pm on August 24th and the Crossbow tournaments at 9pm on August 25th.
The event starts at 6pm on Saturday August 18th with the grand-opening of the festival. At 10pm there is the medieval pageant. Then on Sunday August 19th and 26th the festival goes on from 10am to 11.30pm, with live shows, street performers, arts and crafts market and food.
You should change euro into the Grosso Volterrano, medieval coin with the following value:
One grosso, copper coin is 1 euro
Five grossi, gold coin is 5 euro
If you’ll have some Grosso Volterrano left you can then exchange at the Tourist Information Office until September 7th.
The ticket costs 9 euro per person. Reduced tickets cost 5 euro and are available for children under 18 years old and people over 60 years old. Children under 10 years old are free.
Included in the price free entrance to the Acropolis and to the Sacred Art Museum. Discounted entrance at 1 euro per visit at Palazzo dei Priori and Bell’s Tower and to the art exhibit “La Torre Pendente e altri miracoli in alabastro di Volterra“. All museums are open from 11am to 6pm.
I recommend you download TooMuchVolterra, free audio-guide of Volterra available for iPhone and Android where you can find details about parking, eating and drinking, as well as monuments and museums.
For more details about the event visit the official website of Volterra A.D. 1398.