Ferie Messium 17-18-19 th June 2016

Ferie Messium 17-18-19 th June 2016

I relive the Middle Ages in San Gimignano on 17-18-19 th June 2016

The third weekend of June each year, the Knights of St. Fina evoke the traditional "Holiday Messium", established with statutory sections entitled "De Ferriis Ponendis" of 1255 (II, 29) and the 1314 (II,11).

This medieval festival, which was celebrated by the entire population as recurrence priority crops, was a source of fun with songs, dances, games, e combattimenti tra campioni a cavallo armati di bastone (carousel sticks). One of the elements of "Harvest Holidays" (first organized in October 1994) sarà il grande corteo, in which colors, objects, and numerous characters symbolically express the relationship between earth and fertility. The ritual of the blessing of the horses of the four districts, the carousel of sticks, the game of tug of war, the medieval market, adhere as much as possible the Medieval Philology.

Friday 17 th June 2016: The opening of the festival


18.30 – Piazza Duomo

French sound

exhibition of Fanfarenzug di Meersburg. Al termine, all on a journey following the fanfare to the Rock of Montestaffoli where the public will find the 'Taverna Wonderland', well to satisfy their taste buds.

19.30 – Rock of Montestaffoli

The very soft look (It dolcissimo sguardo)

Dance Ensemble in the Middle Ages.

21.30 – Piazza Duomo

A drum swing

Drums, flags, Trumpets and Dance Ensemble in the Middle Ages (The Knights of Santa Fina in the show)


Saturday 18 th June 2016: The districts, the station, the evening show

11.30 Porta San Giovanni and Porta San Matteo to the Rock of Montestaffoli for the opening of Taverna Wonderland.

On Saturday morning the village streets, from the two main gates, They will be animated by the sounds and colors of the group Drums, Trumpets and Flags of San Gimignano , which they reach the Rock of Montestaffoli.

12.00 Rock of Montestaffoli

Group exhibition Archers Larciano Historical and Dance Ensemble in the Middle Ages.

In Rocca visitors can find refreshment in taverna and dabble in the eye with medieval war machines.

From 12.00 Piazza della Cisterna, and Piazza delle Erbe

The squares will host a medieval market, whose exhibitors have submitted aid applications for participation in late April.

stalls medieval San Gimignano

16.30 - Piazza Duomo

The people of four Contradas It is presented to the public and is positioned on the steps of the Cathedral of San Gimignano. On the steps of the Town Hall is available to the dignitaries of the City and Drums. Each district shall submit to the public the rider and the horse for the competition on Sunday: the the Giostra dei Bastoni (horse race).


17.30 – Piazza Duomo

Race of the braid between the youth of the Four Districts.


18.00 - Piazza Duomo

Tug of war between the Four Districts

Tug of war, contrada of Castello - Vincenzo Ianniciello

18.30 - Piazza Duomo

Flights and acrobatics hawks and birds of prey by the Falconeria Maestra.


19.30 – Piazza Duomo

Exhibition of Flag Wavers of the City of L'Aquila. Al termine, on the way to the Rock.


20.00 - Rock of Montestaffoli

falconry teaching by the Master Falconry, to learn how to treat, hawks and raptors.

21.30 - Piazza Duomo

Admission to the streets and performances of Fanfarenzug di Meersburg dell'Ensemble Medioevo in Danza and Group Drums, Flags and trumpets Knights of Santa Fina.


22.30 - Piazza Duomo

To lighten the night, show with stilts, the music and the fireworks of Teatro del Ramin.

Sunday 19 th June 2016: Blessing, the parade, the carousel of sticks

12.00 - Piazza Duomo

The Sunday morning Piazza del Duomo is carried out according to the rite of preparation the Giostra dei Bastoni (horse race): The Rite of Purification, in which the minister of God blessed the horses and the public, followed by the greeting of the Podesta to the districts and the greeting of the First Citizen.

12.30 - Piazza Duomo

Tamburi Group Exhibition, Flags and trumpets of the Knights of Santa Fina. Al termine, on the way to the fortress where, among the smells of the Germans-laid in the Tavern of Wonders, s'imparerà the art of well-conducting real hawks and raptors.20150621-DGTL-NEF0021746

14.30 - Rock of Montestaffoli

Competition between the archers of the Four Districts of Santa Fina Knights

15.00 – Piazza Duomo

With the participation of Fanfarenzug Meersburg and Dance Ensemble in the Middle Ages.

15.30 - Piazza Duomo

Performances by the Group of Abbadia San Salvatore.


16.00 – Via San Matteo to Piazza Duomo

Fashion show and exhibition of flag-waving of the Eagle City

16.30 - Piazza Duomo

Flights of hawks with hunting strategies by the Master Falconry.

17.00 - From Porta San Matteo to Porta San Giovanni and the Parco della Rocca

Corteo delle Messi - After the performance of flag-waving of The City of L'Aquila birds of prey and falconry Teacher, from 17 on a river of colors and rollers will cross the streets of San Gimignano, from the main gates to the Rock of Montestaffoli.


the Parade Messi, composed of about 500 figures that follow Flora, Queen of Spring, seated on a chariot pulled by buoi.spettacolo unforgettable, a ritual beyond the dream, an ancient inspiration, with over 500 listed.


18.00 - Parco della Rocca

Giostra dei Bastoni - A breathtaking race to be the first to strike. A thrilling race, in even dangerous traits among the knights of the four Districts, whose purpose is to strike first, at the end of the path, a elmo supported on a pole by means of a stick, supplied to each rider.


19.30 - Piazza Duomo

La Spada d’Oro

The Podesta delivery to Knight won the Golden Sword, the scope coveted prize in the Giostra dei Bastoni, and to the winning Contrada Drappellone depicting Santa Fina and bearing the colors of the four Contradas, il logo dei Cavalieri e lo stemma del Comune di San Gimignano.



the Drappellone 2016

The Drappellone for the Giostra dei Bastoni 2016 It has been created by Sonia Rossetti, winner of the contest of ideas launched by the Knights and the association Il Cenacolo in February 2016.


The challenge photo "Photographing the Middle Ages" in collaboration with Igerssiena

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participates in photo challenge "By photographing the Middle Ages" association The Knights of Santa Fina.
After the debut during the Harvest Holidays 2015, relaunch the challenge with a new look and with a prestigious collaborator whom we thank from now: the community @igerssiena.
Come to Harvest Holidays, historical-medieval exhibition, in San Gimignano in the days 17-18-19 th June, captured the moments that strike you most of our party and with taggateli #feriedellemessi16 and #igerssiena.
You have time to post photos until Friday 24 June: we remind you that the photos must be unpublished and taken on the occasion 2016.
The 10 the most significant and original photos will be published on www.cavalieridisantafina.it site in a report that tells the three-day event and published on our social channels.
In addition we will print the 10 photo to set up a temporary exhibition in the park of the Rock of Montestaffoli of San Gimignano during the Middle Ages in Rocca (3 to 4 September 2016).

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