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Family, fishing in Italy, Part VI

Imagine the biggest football game of the year against your crosstown rival at homecoming. That was the mood in San Gemini on the final Sunday of the town’s two-week medieval festival. It featured a joust between the Roccas and the Piazzas. The Roccas are the residents who live inside the original old walls of San Gemini (built between the 10th and 12th century), while the Piazzas are the newcomers, whose part of town was added sometime in the 14th or 15th century.

They call it “Giostra dell’ Arme” – a joust (sort of), involving modern-day knights carrying lances on horseback. It takes place in an arena (one-third sized soccer field) with hundreds of townspeople screaming for blood (OK … Maybe blood is too strong a word, but there was lots of screaming).

A dirt track runs around the small soccer field.

Our brood of adult kids and grandkids, ages 5 to 12, got there early to get a good seat.

We were staying in the Rocca part of town, wore Rocca colors (red and blue) and sat in the middle of the Rocca cheering section.


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