Grande Piazza, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy
Penultimate Saturday in June and first Sunday in September.
Churches are decorated with pictures of 12th-century crusaders and the streets fill with costumes from an era predating even Giorgio Vasari, the Renaissance heavyweight who grew up here.
Following a blessing by the bishop on the steps on the 13th-century cathedral, the parade ends in the Grande Piazza, the venue for the afternoon’s archaic fun. Proceedings are begun by the
The tradition possibly derives from a jousting display held to
3 – don some breeches and watch the jousters charge.
Wear a doublet or tunic for that heraldic look.
Arezzo was bombed heavily in WWII but many Renaissance and Gothic buildings still stand. The Chiesa di San Francesco contains frescoes by Piero
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