IMG_0850.JPGBagni di Lucca, Italy turned back the clock Sunday for Palio della Val di Lima. This living history event showcased crossbow shooting and medieval life in Italy.

IMG_0846.JPGCannon fire announced the beginning of festivities at 10am. Dozens of locals donned traditional medieval attire and weaponry in Contessa Casalini Park. Besides the frequent rumble of cannon and rifle fire, the main event highlighted beautifully crafted crossbows and their owners’ archery skills.

IMG_0851.JPG IMG_0845.JPGMen and women competed for the title of top archer. This is the 15th year Bagni di Lucca has celebrated Palio della Val di Lima.

IMG_0842.JPGAround 1:00pm the beat of drums began and a large procession took to the main street in La Villa. All participants marched to the town’s theatre and then broke for lunch. When festivities resumed a couple of hours later the final archers battled for first prize. By early evening Palio della Val di Luma wrapped up and another parade signaled the end of this year’s festivities.

IMG_0847.JPGAs a huge history buff these events capture my heart and imagination. Each costume, weapon and artifact offers a unique look into Italian culture and history. Every participant wore his or her medieval apparel with honor. Please enjoy the pictures below and put next year’s Palio della Val di Lima on your calendar.










    Ciao Jeannie ~ We are planning a visit to Italy this coming August and would love to visit the Medieval Palio – Felire, but I cannot locate it on any map… Help…?

    June 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm
      Jeanie Beck

      I’m not familiar with Felire, but there is Palio in Siena in August. I’ll keep asking around for you about Felire.

      June 28, 2015 at 2:17 pm

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