Volterra AD 1398 – Arms and Life in a Medieval Volterra (1part)

Back to the Past !!! Yesterday we had a “dive” in the medieval world.

Every year, the 3rd and the 4th sunday of August Volterra organizes Volterra A.D. 1398, a medieval pageantry:
“The city will be animated by fiery warhorses, fearless knights, noblemen, ladies, artisans and merchants, common people and peasants, flagwavers and crossbowmen, musicians and jesters …. if by magic they will bring back the mysterious and magic Middle Ages to Volterra” as it is written in the website

It has been a wonderful experience for all of us, but above all for the kids!

At the beginning we went to the Parco di Castello where we saw a flagwaver’s parade, very evocative.



The big meadow close to the castle was set up as a real medieval camp with tents and everything could be placed in medieval campsite


there were knights with their armours, archers, crossbowmen and falconers with their hawks … and a poet, that looked like Dante, to delight all of them.



During this event the only currency circulating was the  Grosso Volterrano.  There were exchange stalls everywhere where it was possible to convert Euros in Grosso Volterrano ( and back at the end of the day with all the excess coins)

In the afternoon all was set for a battle … and my son was going crazy!
Knights got ready … and nurses too



The battle finally started, the fight was to conquer the blockhouse on the top of the hill.


… now see you in the Medieval Life …. (2part)


3 thoughts on “Volterra AD 1398 – Arms and Life in a Medieval Volterra (1part)

  1. Pingback: New double post “Volterra AD1398 – Arms and Life in a Medieval Volterra” | CRAZYaboutTUSCANY

  2. We’ve visited Volterra once when they had a crossbow competition – it was amazing to watch them! What a lovely town, and great food as well. Volterra offers a feeling of “less tourists” than so many other places, so we really enjoyed our overnight stay there.

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