We move to the Arezzo area to breathe the magical atmosphere of the Palio della Balestra. On the second Sunday of September the historic dispute between the crossbowmen of Sansepolcro and Gubbio takes place, in a picturesque scenery surrounded by the beautiful Renaissance palaces of Piazza Torre di Berta in Sansepolcro. According to ancient customs, in the morning, the herald reads the rules of the challenge to the rivals from Gubbio. In the afternoon, after the benediction of the weapons, the crossbow men of the two cities enter the square announced by the roll of the drums and the sound of the trumpets and the flag-wavers throw the coloured flags in the air, all representing the old neighborhoods. The archers of the two cities alternate and perform in their Renaissance costumes and in the silence, broken only by the sharp blows of the arrows that stick into the wooden target.
Check out the official website of the Palio della Balestra.
Are you going to Sansepolcro? Explore Valtiberina area, a charming valley near Arezzo.