Ferie Messium 2018 San Gimignano

I relive the Middle Ages in San Gimignano on 15-16-17 th June 2018

The Knights of Santa Fina establishing the Harvest Holidays, historical re-enactment medieval, to return to San Gimignano made of medieval life, including the celebration of crops (the "put").

The medieval festival, organized together with Town of San Gimignano It is registered to the list of regional pageants of the Tuscany Region.

The event grew out "I will mess", established with statutory sections entitled "De Ferriis Ponendis" of 1255 (II, 29) and the 1314 (II,11).

revolves around invariant elements: Parade Messi, where colors, objects, characters symbolically express the relationship between the earth and fertility; the ritual blessing of the horses of the four quarters; there the Giostra dei Bastoni (horse race); the game of tug of war and gara della treccia, the medieval market.

San Gimignano medieval festival poster

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 15 th June 2018: 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

Gianluca Foresi Art in the Giullar Cortese presents "In party"

Gianluca Foresi (Source: artist's website http://www.gianlucaforesi.it/)

Entertainment medieval arts by the Knights of Santa Fina.

with the participation of Lady of the Moon and the Giullar Jocoso.


Flags of the group Exhibition Drums, Trumpets and flags (Pictures Andrea Migliorini)

giullar funny art in San GimignanoThe Giullar Jocoso - (Photo Tina Fasulo)

the lady of the moon
The Lady of the Moon San Gimignano (Photo Tina Fasulo)

The ancient markets - Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 th June 2018

From 10 at 20, Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza delle Erbe will host a medieval objects Market, faithfully reconstructed to buy a souvenir or for future entertainment.

The ancient crafts - Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 th June 2018

Reconstruction of a medieval market that offers the business and the art of the craftsmen blacksmiths, potters, filatrici, tanners, herbalists, custom thank you all '"Ancient Crafts" Association from Medicina, Italy.

Saturday 16 th June 2018: 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 and hours 12.00 – Piazzetta Buonaccorsi

Group Exhibition The Three Cipolland

(Source: Facebook page The Three Onions, photos of Nicholas Urbano)

12.00 Rocca Montestaffoli - To destroy the walls and armor lacerar - Exhibition of medieval war machines

San Gimignano medieval war machines

The battle of Cupid

Exhibition Group and shooting demonstrations Archers of Castelvecchio, Archery Society of Historical Medieval Phoenixes of Piombino.

Ensemble performance Medioevo in Danza.

Society of shooting with the historical arc Phoenixes

market medieval San Gimignano

Archers of Castelvecchio

Gambling in game ...
Entertainment and shows organized by the Compagnie du Saint Macinello

The image may contain: 3 seats, people who smile, open space

The Santo Company Macinello, photos from Facebook page

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

16.45 - Piazza Duomo - A magnificent apparatus

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 - A labyrinth of towels

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


18.00 - Cathedral Square - Triumphs of strength

Tug of war between the Four Districts

Tug of war, contrada of Castello - Vincenzo Ianniciello

18.30 - Piazza Duomo

Onniveres e Sharon present "Magie of other times".

19.30 – Piazza Duomo - Vexilla regis

Exhibition of Flag-wavers of the Eagle City. Al termine, on the way to the Rock.


19.30 - Rock of Montestaffoli - The battle of Cupid

performance of Archers Group Castelvecchio, Group Archers Historical Phoenixes of Piombino.
Ensemble performance Medioevo in Danza.
Gambling in game ... Entertainment and shows organized by the Society of the Holy Macinello

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.


Medioevo in Danza - Photo by Andrea Migliorini

22.30 - Piazza Duomo - Shows

With the participation of Fanfarenzug Meersburg, dell’Ensemble Medioevo in Danza, of the group Drums, Trumpets and flags Knights of Santa Fina
Onniveres e Sharon "Magic of the past"
Association Arteare “Planetarium”

Sunday 17 th June 2018: Blessing, the parade, the carousel of sticks

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

Podesta holidays put italyzeme

12.30 - Piazza Duomo - A magnificence of sounds

Tamburi Group Exhibition, Flags and trumpets of the Knights of Santa Fina. Al termine, walking towards the Rocca between odors of deschi-laid in the Taverna of Wonders.

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

16.00 - Piazza Duomo

Performances at the Ensemble Group care Medioevo in Danza

16.30 – Piazza Duomo

Exhibition of flag-waving of the City of L'Aquila

eagle flag wavers

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

Corteo delle Messi - After the performance of flag-waving of the City of L'Aquila 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 - The Golden Sword

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 2018

The Drappellone for the Giostra dei Bastoni 2018 It has been realized by Luigino Ghezzi The association's Last Supper. The Drappellone Luigino Ghezzi "traces the legend of Santa Fina, holding the orange, the jug, with whom she went to the well to fetch water, violates the, then go on to other elements such as the ears of corn, to represent the party for the harvest and the Golden Sword of the Giostra dei Bastoni "

drappellone San Gimignano

Do not Call Fair

The challenge with photo Share Your Sangi and Igers Siena

photo challenge San Gimignano

After missing a year, back the challenge photo of medieval event "Harvest Holidays" dedicated to photography enthusiasts on Instagram

partecipa the "Do not call Fair" The Knights of Santa Fina association in collaboration with Igers Siena and the photographic project Share Your Sangi

Come to Harvest Holidays, historical-medieval exhibition, in San Gimignano in the days 15-16-17 th June, Capture the moments you most passionate about the party and with taggali

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Publish your photos and unedited shot during the edition 2018 within Friday 22 th June.

The three most significant and original photos will be published on the site www.cavalieridisantafina.it in a report that tells the three-day event, published on social channels of the Knights of Santa Fina, accompanied by a brief interview with the author and used to prepare the promotional booklet of Harvest Holidays 2019.

The sponsors of the Harvest Holidays 2018

The association would like to thank the sponsors who made it possible with their contributions to support the dissemination of the festival.