...being there, but without the crowds
Piazza Grande, Arezzo
One of the most notable Italian historical events, even if quite unknown for many reasons, is the Saracen’s Joust (Giostra del Saracino) in Arezzo. It’s held on the wonderful Piazza Grande twice a year, end of June (on Saturday) and on the first Sunday of September (on this same day Arezzo also hosts the famous Fiera Antiquaria). A very scenic historical parade enters the Square before the beginning of the Giostra del Saracino; right after the knights start to gallop with their spears in their hands towards the Saracen, trying to hit his shield. The Saracen is an old wooden figure, which rotates when his shield is hit, and which tries to hit back the knight with his own weapon, three lead balls. This is a very ancient fight, between power, coolness and precision amongst an electric public in the Square. I have access to some privileged viewpoints from private residencies on Arezzo's Piazza Grande to watch the event. Contact.