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Fiera delle Messi in San Gimignano

Fiera delle Messi San Gimignano
Fiera delle Messi San Gimignano

Fiera delle Messi


Starts on Friday 15th the traditional Fiere delle Messi in San Gimignano, famous medieval festival held every year on the third weekend of June.

A bit of history

It is the Harvest Feast dating back to the Middles Ages, when the entire city celebrated the harvest with music, dances and jousters for a few days. And nowadays it aims to recreate the medieval atmosphere with figures in costumes and knights.

The large and colorful costume parade is the main attraction of the event together with the Jouster of the Bastioni. There is also a large medieval market, musicians and dancers, jugglers and other street artists.

The Fiera delle Messi is organized by the Cavalieri di Santa Fina, important association aiming to enhance the glorious past of San Gimignano. The name comes from the holy Fina dei Ciardi, patron of the city.

Fiera delle Messi

Fiera delle Messi

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Fiera delle Messi San Gimignano

Fiera delle Messi

The medieval festival starts on Friday June 15th when takes place the festival opening with medieval dances, together with the drums and knights exhibits. The show starts in Piazza Duomo at 9.30pm and goes on until 11pm.

On Saturday in the Rocca di Montestaffoli from 4pm there is a military camp. At 4.30pm the large and colorful costume parade arrives in Piazza Duomo playing the love of ladies and knights in the Middle Ages. Then several attractions and other events take place around the streets of San Gimignano ending with music and dancings in Piazza Duomo.

On Sunday June 17th the festival starts at 11am. In Piazza delle Erbe there is the medieval market, at Rooca di Montestaffoli the military camp, music and dancings in Piazza Duomo and other events all around the streets. At 4.50pm the flag-throwers show, preceding the costume parade and the jouster. The parade has more than 500 figures dressed in stunning handmade costumes. Then at 7pm there is the Jouster of Bastioni, when the borough’s knights challenge each to wine the gold blade. The festival ends around 7.30 with a large circle dancing made by the costume figures and visitors.

Recommendations

If you have a chance visit the splendid medieval museum of San Gimignano 1300 and don’t forget to download TooMuchSanGimignano, the audio guide of San Gimignano for iPhone e Android!

For more information visit the official site of Cavalieri di Santa Fina.

2 Comments

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    San Gimignano Medieval Festivals:Fiera delle Messi 2014 | TooMuchTuscany
    June 13, 2014 at 7:02 am

    […] Are you ready t go back to the Middles Ages? Starts today the famous and beautiful Fiera delle Messi! […]

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    June Events in Tuscany:Medieval Festivals,Food Fairs Toscana | TooMuchTuscany
    June 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    […] June 19th to 21st, San Gimignano¬†will celebrate the traditional Fiera delle Messi and will go back to the Middle Ages through knights tournaments, costumed parades, medieval dances […]

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