Gatteo, Castrum Gatthei

Castrum Gatthei, History Festival in Gatteo
Castrum Gatthei, Festa della Storia a Gatteo
17.06.2017
Gatteo (Forlì-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna region)
ITALY


Reliving the atmosphere of the Malatesta House and the Middle ages in the Castle of Gatteo in friendly and charming Romagna region...


The Event

Gatteo municipality consists of four boroughs and is located on a fertile plain in the lower river Rubicone valley stretching out to the Adriatic Sea, about 25 km from Rimini, 30 km from Forlì, and 100 km from Bologna, in Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. In an area settled by Celtic people, Gatteo was founded as an ancient Roman castrum, as also witnessed by several archaeological finds. The town was first officially recorded during the Middle Ages with the name of Fundus Catei. From the 14th century on Gatteo was owned by the House of Malatesta, an Italian noble family that boasted several of the most vaillant and daring condottieri of the period and ruled over a number of cities in the Romagna and Marche regions from the 14th to the early 16th century. The Malatestas built a fortified castle in Gatteo, that served both as residence and stronghold, and the remains of which can still be seen today. The local rich heritage includes also the 13th century Church of San Lorenzo and the 15th century San Rocco Oratory with its wonderful frescos. Gatteo boasts a centuries old tradition as a flourishing crafts and trade centre. Today the town hall and the main public services are gathered there, while the sea lies only about 9 km away with the charming resort of Gatteo a Mare and the beautiful coastal oases. Not to miss is also a trip to the river Rubicone in the footstep of Julius Caesar (100-44 BC, Roman statesman, general, and author), who crossed the river with his legions in 50 BC uttering the famous phrase “Alea Iacta est” (“the die is cast”) and starting the Great Roman Civil War (49-45 BC) against the Senate and Pompey (106-48 BC, a Roman military and political leader). Today a bronze bust of Caesar stands on the site of the crossing to commemorate that episode.

The cultural association "Compagnia San Michele" and the municipality of Gatteo organize every year in Summer a great historical festival dedicated to the Age of the Malatesta House. The visitors can relive the time when Castrum Gatthei was born, through historical events and living interpretations, including period dances and music, flag-waving shows, fire-eaters and jugglers performances, falconry and medieval fencing displays. The programme includes as well lectures and exhibitions, archery contests, battle reenactments, the great medieval banquet in the Court of the Malatesta Castle with period cuisine and entertainment, the historical parade of nobles and knights, and a wealth of leisure and educational activities for adults and children. In the main square reenactors and interpreters restage the episode of Lord of Gatteo welcoming Malatesta I, Lord of Rimini, as a pretender to the hand of his daughter, while in the late evening the spectacular siege to the Malatesta castle takes place with the breathtaking final assault and battle between the Malatestas and the papal army. The visitors have also the chance to stroll along the stalls of the medieval arts and crafts market, enjoy guided tours at the authentic medieval camps, or take part at several interactive workshops such as crafts, fencing and archery and medieval games.


The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.


Info & Contact

Festa della Storia – official website
Web: http://www.festadellastoria.netsons.org/

Compagnia di San Michele
Address: Via S. Allende, 49/A, 47043 Sant'Angelo di Gatteo (Forlì-Cesena), Italy
Tel.: +39 389 0159256
Fax: +39 (0)541 818232
E-mail: info@compagniasanmichele.com
Web: http://www.compagniasanmichele.com

Gatteo a Mare Tourist Office / IAT Gatteo a Mare
Address: Piazza della Liberta`, 10 - 47030 Gatteo a Mare (Forlì-Cesena), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)547 86083
Fax: +39 (0)547 85393
E-mail: iat@comune.gatteo.fo.it

Gatteo Town Council / Comune di Gatteo
Address: Piazza Vesi, 6 - 47043 Gatteo (Forlì-Cesena), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)547 86083
Fax: +39 (0)547 85393
E-mail: iat@comune.gatteo.fo.it
E-mail: gatteo@cert.provincia.fc.it
Web: http://www.comunegatteo.it

Credits
Image: Festa della Storia
Text sources: Gatteo Town Council, Emilia Romagna Tourism, Wikipedia, Festa della Storia

 


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