Giostra dell'Archidado - A Medieval Festival, Cortona June 2022!

The Archidado Joust traces its origins back to the Middle Ages and was officially created in 1397 to celebrate the wedding of Francesco Casali, the Lord of Cortona, and Antonia Salimbeni, a noble woman from Siena. In the city of Cortona, this historical event is recalled every year on the second Sunday of June, when people are lead back to the ancient medieval splendor of the city. The streets are decorated in medieval style, ladies, knights, flag flyers, crossbow shooters, soldiers, pages, civil and religious authorities, all dressed with fine costumes, liven up the city center, which is rich in history and artistic beauties of every time.

Since I am now considered a local in Cortona, I was asked to be part of their annual medieval festival, which is a great honor ❤️ One day I was a princess and on another day I was a 'popolana' - a commoner.... so fun! 🤩






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