La giostra cavalleresca di sulmona

giostra cavalleresca di sulmonaIn the last week in July, a spectacular horse race is held in the market square, preceeded by colourful historical parades and pageants. Seven knights representing the seven borghi or neighbourhoods of the city compete in this race of speed and dexterity.

This is a medieval tradition that has been re-established in recent times with all the pomp and wonderful costumes of the past. In days gone by, such a tournament was held in Sulmona twice a year, on the feasts of the Annunciation (March 25) and the Assumption of Mary (August 15).