Every first Saturday and Sunday of month antique dealers, collectors, craftsmen, lively stores and stalls with objects of every type invade the streets, lanes and squares of the medieval town of Arezzo in more than 10000 square metres of surface.
The antiques fair gathers about 500 exhibitors coming from all Italy. To visit this fair could surely be a great chance to discover the story and the artistic treasures of one of the most beautiful town of Tuscany.
The exhibitors offer with their objects a survey of cultural traditions and local customs, a point of reference for many collectors.
Exhibitors of furniture, prints and valuable antiques overflow the town without a logical order but let the visitors to discover the most secluded corners of the town and the most refined and particular objects.
We recommend to all our clients to dedicate one day at least to the visit of the town of Arezzo and this fanciful fair.
Contact us for a special accommodation offer on the occasion of this particular event.
For further information visit www.arezzofieraantiquaria.com
"Mercatale" is a local typical products market. It is a regular meeting with our tradition excellences directly from the producer to the consumer. You can find seasoned products, traceability of production process and transparent prices.
Producers promote suitable initiatives in order to inform consumers and assure for a monthly edition of this market:
- particular care for the preparation of their own stall for increasing the value of products and informing the consumer
- observance of regulations in force about preparation, transportation and sale of products
- clear and exhibited prices
- a presentation of their own activity with documents about the farm and the products' features
- labels of product understanding
Cultural activities and meeting activities with consumers and visitors, such as:
- Guided tastings
- Presentation of productions
- Exhibition of local material culture
- Presentation of quality restaurants
"Mercatale" takes place:
In Arezzo on the first Saturday of every month
In Montevarchi on the second Saturday of the month
In Sansepolcro on the third Saturday of the month
In Bibbiena on the fourth Saturday of the month
In Castiglion Fiorentino on the fourth Sunday of the month
For further information visit the website www.mercatale.provincia.arezzo.it
Giostra del Saracino is an historical recalling which takes place in Arezzo every year on the second-last Saturday of June ( St. Donato Tournement, patron of the town) and (September Tournement). The four quarters in which the town is divided take part to this challenge: Porta Crucifera (also known as Colcitrone), Porta del Foro (also known as San Lorentino), Porta Sant'Andrea and Porta Santo Spirito (known as Quarter of Colombina).
The joust of chivalry takes place in the beautiful setting of Piazza Grande. It open with the entry in the square of the historic cortege with the ancient town gonfalons under the Grand Master order. Salient moments are the entry of the most important authorities of the joust, the exhibition of flag-wavers, the entry of jousters at a gallop, the competing knights of clan (who represent the old nobility of Arezzo), the herald's reading of the Disfida of Buratto and finally the crossbow-men greeting.
The competition consists of riding full gallop, lance in rest, towards the so called Saracino, such as an armour-plated automaton who represents an armed Saracen. The jousters are usually eight and they take turns in competing with courage and ability on a dirt track in Piazza Grande. Winner of the competition is the couple of jousters who gets the top score by hitting the Saracen's shield. The prize is a gold lance.
At the end of the joust, shots are fired in honour of the winning quarter. The tournament rules are contained in a technical regulation and date back to the chapters of Buratto Jouster of 1677. The battle result between the Christian knights and the "faithless man" is uncertain till the end owing to unexpected turns of events (such as disqualification of a jouster or doubling of score).
For further information visit www.giostradelsaracino.arezzo.it
Since 1951 on the second Sunday of September in Sansepolcro the evocative Piazza Torre di Berta with its Renaissance palaces, holds the historical competition of the Palio della Balestra (a crossbow tournament) during wich the crossbow-men of Sansepolcro challenge those from Gubbio.
The tournament is preceded and followed by corteges in which medieval costumes are worn, inspired by the paintings of Piero della Francesca.
After the crossbow blessing, the crossbow-men of both towns come into the square after the flag-waving demonstrations and the rolls of drums.
The crossbow-men, wearing Renaissance costumes, take turns in shooting and the silence is broken only from the shot of the bolt in the cornel. In the square there is a revival of old tournaments.
The Palio shows the beauty of Sansepolcro simply because offers to visitors charming views together with ladies and knights, religious silence before every shot, concentration, colours and art…these are all the elements of this manifestation wich is the peak of "Settembre Biturgense", a calendar of cultural, culinary events and historical manifestations worthwhile consulting for a visit of Sansepolcro.
In this beautiful background, on the evening before the Palio della Balestra, the traditional performance of the Giochi di Bandiera(Flag-waving show) takes place. Flag-wavers show several aspects of the flag waving art by following the historical traditions. The show consists of several individual performances (up to three flags) and in pairs, the whole demonstration accompanied by the roll of dreams.
For further information visit www.balestrierisansepolcro.it and www.flagshow.com
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