Narni, Ring Race AD 1371, May

Corsa all'Anello - il Gusto di vivere la Storia AD 1371
The Ring Race - the Taste of living the History AD 1371
24.04 - 13.05.2018
Narni, Terni (Umbria region)

one of the most charming and touching historical reenactment of Umbria region of central Italy. Two weeks of celebrations and historical reenactments with at the heart the ring race between the three ancient districts of the ancient hilltown that inspired C.S. Lewis’ Narnia…

The Event

The event takes palce in Narni, a charming medieval town located atop a hill on a rocky spur overlooking the beautiful valley of the river Nera, about 15km from Terni, in Umbria region, in a strategic location very close to the Geographic center of Italy and along the ancient “Via Flaminia” once linking Rome to the Adriatic Sea. The town boasts a rich artistic heritage and a very ancient history. The territory was already inhabited in the Palaeolithic and Neolithic Ages, while the town was founded by the ancient Umbrians and called Nequinum, and became then a flourishing Roman municipium by name Narnia before reaching its zenith during the Middle Ages. The Irish novelist C. S. Lewis is said to have named the imaginary land of Narnia after Narni noticing the latin name in an atlas during his childhood.


Event description and programme

Every year from late April to the second Sunday of May, Narni is home to the "Corsa all’Anello", the historical reenactment of the medieval joust among the knights of the three historical town districts (called Terzieri) which has been taking place in honor of St. Juvenal, first bishop and Patron Saint of Narni, on his feast-day, since the 14th century. On May 3rd, the feast-day of St. Juvenal, in front of the Town Hall takes place the historical “Corsa all’Anello” with the knights trying to take with a pole a silver ring hanging at a certain height from the soil through two soft strings. While the second Sunday of May at the town stadium takes place the modern “Corsa all’Anello”: the knights galloping in opposite directions along an elliptical path try to take with their pole the hanging ring while an electronic device automatically releases the opponent ring when the other is taken. Winner of the joust is the Terziere which manages to collect three rings in the quickest time. The prize is the silver ring to be kept for a year long. The rich programme includes the great torchlight parade with 600 historical characters in faithful period dresses in the downtown Narni decorated with colourful flags and banners, the evocative ceremony of the offer of the candles in the Cathedral, art exhibitions, leisure and educational activities for children, street theatre and flag-throwing performances, medieval market, dance and music shows, historical banquets, guided tours, conferences, lectures, and the "Hostarie" where to taste medieval and traditional cuisine.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Ente Corsa all'Anello
Address: Via Garibaldi, 22 - 05035 Narni (Terni), Italy
Tel./Fax: +39 0744 726233 | Mob.: +39 3401580325
E- mail:

Narni Town Council
Address: Piazza dei Priori, 1 - 05035 Narni (Terni), Italy
Tel.: +39 0744 7471 | Fax: +39 0744 715270

Narni Tourist Office / Ufficio Informazioni e Accoglienza Turistica
IAT del Comprensorio Ternano
Address: via Cassian Bon, 4 - 05100 Terni, Italy
Tel.: +39 0744 423047 | Fax: +39 0744 427259

Image: Ente Corsa all'Anello
Text: Ente Corsa all'Anello, Narni Town Council, Wikipedia

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