Really Old World
Arezzo Travel Blog› entry 2 of 15 › view all entries
September 7th, 2008 – by: spohler
It is a celebration stemming from the crusades where the four quarters of the city compete in a joust. They each have two riders who ride across the main square that has been covered with dirt with lances drawn and try to hit a target haning from a 'Turkish' manniquin.
Ok, back to the parade. There were incredible drummers and trumpeters and knights and even little kids dressed in the colors of their neighborhood. As the day progressed we realized there were many different processions all over the city.
This is apparently a huge thing for all the people of Arezzo too. They all had on a scarf that match the colors of their quadrant. And although we did not see any ill will or violence, there is apperently some pretty serious rivalry between them. Especially once the joust itself starts. Then the nasty words really start flying.
So then we went on to the antique fair which is apparently one of the biggest in all of Italy. I bought a 2 euro gently used silk scarf that goes nicely with the purse I bought in Florence and a necklace (new). There were some amazing things there from antique furniture to opium pipes. The best thing I saw though was a really large bellied man passed out snoring on an antique velvet couch.
Next weekend: Lucca's medieval festival and the beach! Stay tuned.
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