Medieval Sarzana: A Castle Festival

A Video of a Famous Medieval Festival Inside a Castle

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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 (an 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

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Sarzana Medieval Festival: The Encampment

Birds of Prey

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Large birds of prey are featured in many Italian medieval festivals

More about Sarzana

Sarzana Travel Guide

Oh Sarzana! The Acoustic Guitar Meeting

Map of La Spezia Province Showing Sarzana

Medieval Sarzana: A Castle Festival originally appeared on Jul 24, 2011, updated: Aug 11, 2022 ©

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