The association "The Knights of St. Fina" was born in 1993 with the aim to revive the ancient town of San Gimignano events of its medieval history.
Its name honors Fina of Ciardi, the girl died in the odor of sanctity on 12 March 1253 and became a patron saint of San Gimignano.
The group of Knights, referring to documents of the thirteenth century, proving the participation of knights in the battles of San Gimignano Montaperti (1260) and Campaldino (1289), he wished to recall some aspects of the tradition of chivalry, reviving even the four historic districts of San Giovanni, Piazza, Castello, San Matteo.
The Knights participate in avveniminds officers of the city, particularly, the celebration of the Feast of the Holy and evoke an annual basis, the traditional "Holiday Messium" (Harvest Holidays), established with statutory sections entitled "De Ferriis Ponendis" of 1255 (II, 29) and the 1314 (II, 11). This medieval harvest festival, which was celebrated by the entire population as recurrence priority crops, was a source of fun with songs, dances, games and fights between champions on horseback armed with sticks (jousting sticks).
In the past, the association is also composed of a sports industry who attended the Mount Work (discipline recognized by the Italian Equestrian Sports Federation) that took place in 2 some.
The association than to honor with his presence all occurrences towns, participated over the years in numerous historical events that took place in other cities in Italy and abroad.
The Association for the conduct of its activities with the collaboration of agencies and groups, including the Fanfarenzug di Meersburg, sister city of San Gimignano.
The association is governed by a president and a council composed of six directors (including a vice-president, a treasurer and a secretary) And by the captains of the four districts. These bodies make decisions and organize all the events related to the association.
The Board It is as follows:
- PRESIDENT: Federico Francardelli
- And VICE SECRETARY: Simona Bernardini
- TREASURER: Daniele Leoncini
- COUNCILLOR: Tina Fasulo
- CONSIGLIERE: Thomas Trosino
- COUNCILLOR: Piero Nigi
- COUNCILLOR: Silvano Silvani
I contrada captains are:
- San Giovanni Contrada: Claudio Leoncini
- Contrada di Castello: Patrick Rosini
- Contrada Piazza Giancarlo Giomi
- Contrada San Matteo: Silvano Bulleri