Ferie Messium 2017

I relive the Middle Ages in San Gimignano on 16-17-18 th June 2017

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.

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Friday 16 th June 2017: 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 and itinerant animation.

21.30 – Piazza Duomo

A drum swing

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


After the Giullar Jocoso the A Lady of the Moon presentano : “Lumina et incanta” (Magie di fuoco)

The three scheduled appointments will be preceded by brief interventions by the association Giullareria art.

Giullar Jocoso - Photo Antonietta Caboni

Saturday 17 th June 2017: 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.

11.40 – Piazzetta Buonaccorsi

Group Exhibition The Guardians of the Goose

12.00 Rock of Montestaffoli

The battle of Cupid

performance of Archers Historical Group of Larciano, Archery Society of Historical Medieval Phoenixes of Piombino, Archers Group Castelvecchio and Dance Ensemble in the Middle Ages.

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

Society of shooting with the historical arc Phoenixes

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

The ancient crafts in Piazza delle Erbe by the Association of Medicine Ancient Crafts

Reconstruction of a medieval market that offers highly philological key in the business and the art of the craftsmen of the time, by smiths, potters, filatrici, tanners, furriers, herbalists and shoemakers.

Gli antichi mestieri di medicina alla #feriedellemessi #sangimignano ( #📷 @blackcat83 via @latermedia )

Gli antichi mestieri di medicina alla #feriedellemessi #sangimignano ( #📷 @blackcat83 via @latermedia )

12.00Rock of Montestaffoli

To destroy the walls and armor lacerar

Exhibition of medieval war machines

12.15Piazza Duomo

"Ages favula" with The Guardians of the Goose

From 15.30 to 19.00

Animation traveling by the troupe "The Guardians of the Goose" along with some of the association artists Arteare

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.

A video summary of Supreme Master Falconry on participation in the Harvest Holidays 2016, the acrobatic performances of raptors to teaching in Rocca.

19.30 – Piazza Duomo


20.00 - Rock of Montestaffoli

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

teaching falconry San Gimignano

Photos in Italyze.me

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

Performance of music, fires, stilts and other surprises ed art con The Guardians of the Goose and Shezan Genius Failed.

Sunday 18 th June 2017: Blessing, the parade, the carousel of sticks

Rock of Montestaffoli

Exhibition of medieval war machines and camp archers.

holiday of the harvest San Gimignano

Photos Simone Giomi via Instagram @simogiomi

11.30Rock of Montestaffoli

Opening of Taverna Wonderland

11.45Porta San Giovanni Porta San Matteo

The Gates of the City

Parade of flag-waving of the Eagle City with performances at Porta San Giovanni.

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.

The Blessing of the Horses leave Messi San Gimignano

Photo by Andrea Migliorini

12.30 - Piazza Duomo

A magnificence of sounds

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.

flag bearers in San Gimignano

Sara Marrucci Photo

14.30 - Rock of Montestaffoli

Cupid Sleepless

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

15.00 – Piazza Duomo

Trumpets the great warriors clash

With the participation of Fanfarenzug Meersburg

15.30 - Piazza Duomo

Performances by the Ensemble for Medieval Dance Group

16.00 – Via San Matteo to Piazza Duomo

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

Sbandieratori city of L'Aquila San Gimignano

Photo by Alessia Signorini, source Instagram

16.30 - Piazza Duomo

Flights of hawks with hunting strategies by the Master Falconry.

Falconry Maestra San Gimignano medieval festival

Fabrizio Piazza with Supreme Master Falconry - Photo Italyze.me

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

Delivery of Masgalano (Award for the best district)

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 2017

The Drappellone for the Giostra dei Bastoni 2017 It has been realized by Lorena Nocentini, winner of the contest of ideas launched by the Knights and the association Il Cenacolo in February 2017.

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