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The Saracen Joust

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La Giostra del Saracino is a historical re-enactment that takes place in the medieval city of Arezzo. Participate in the four districts that divide the city, namely: the district Porta Crucifera (aka Colcitrone), the district court’s Gate (also known as San Lorentino), the District of Porta Sant’Andrea and Quarter Porta Holy Spirit (formerly Porta del Borgo)

La Giostra del Saracino is run in Piazza Grande in Arezzo on the second Saturday of June (Joust of San Donato) at night and the first Sunday of September (Giostra of September) daytime.

Giostra is a historical re-enactment that takes place in medieval Arezzo presumably from the thirteenth century.

It is an ancient knightly competition that has its origins in the Middle Ages and that is to hit a target, the shield of a tumbler (a revolving robot impersonating the “King of the Indies”), with a spear at the end of a quick career on horseback. All without getting hit by the flail, shouldered by the tumbler itself, which is operated by a spring mechanism.

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