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Medieval Festival (Monteriggioni)
The court festival: 5, 6 e 7 Luglio 2013
The fair in the village: 12, 13 e 14 Luglio 2013
The Middle Ages have left their traces here in Tuscany more than in any other Italian region. They still pervade the air along the paths of the ancient roads travelled by pilgrims, amongst the stones of the Romanesque churches, in the intricate architecture of the hamlets or the battlements on the walls encircling a castle like Monteriggioni, which even received special mention by Dante in his Divine Comedy.
Despite stereotypes that obstinately depict the Middle Ages only as a period of battles, poverty and ignorance, they were instead an historical time of intense vitality, when free communes were established and people started enjoying a period of freedom, social relations and great enhancement of arts and knowledge. Beyond the inevitable suffering, famines and pestilences, the Middle Ages also recount an immense and contagious desire to live and be merry that left no social class untouched, from the feudal lords of the castles to the village peasants. "The Feast at Court and the Fair in the Hamlet" is indeed the theme of the 23rd edition of the Monteriggioni Medieval Festival, to be held within the castle walls on July 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14.
Within this magical setting, framed by imposing towers, we shall first see the nobility entertaining themselves with refined music and dances, court poets reciting verses in the gardens of the castle for ladies and damsels clad in long gowns, noble knights recounting their feats... and then we shall share the cheerfulness of the fair in the hamlet, with craftsmen and merchants filling the streets and praising their goods, minstrels and story-tellers enchanting passers-by with bizarre stories and ancient legends, wine and songs flowing in the inns.
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