Medieval Sarzana: A Castle Festival
A Video of a Famous Medieval Festival Inside a Castle

medieval artisan sarzana

by James Martin

Sarzana is one of my favorite towns in Liguria. It offers a lively and interesting medieval core without car traffic, two fantastic restored castles, many restaurants (we haven’t been to a bad or boring one yet) and a lively festival season.

What you see in the video is typical of medieval festivals, this one held in on of the castles, Fortezza Firmafede. In the video below, you’ll see the sbandieratori, the famous flag throwers—in this case a young man who can handle 5 flags flawlessly, costumed folks in mock battle (and interesting one runs through this video) jesters and jugglers, and even, in this case, a belly dancer.

Now, see the video since I’ve spoiled it for you.

Other Things You Might See at a Medieval Festival in Italy

The encampment outside the Castle

Sarzana Medieval Festival: The Encampment

Birds of Prey

owl trainer
Large birds of prey are featured in many Italian medieval festivals

More about Sarzana

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Oh Sarzana! The Acoustic Guitar Meeting

Map of La Spezia Province Showing Sarzana


Medieval Sarzana: A Castle Festival originally appeared on WanderingLiguria.com Jul 24, 2011, ©

Categories General Liguria, La Spezia

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