Sansepolcro, Crossbow Palio

Crossbow Palio
Palio della Balestra
Sansepolcro (Arezzo, Toscana region)

The Event

Sansepolcro, located at the foot of the Tuscan Apennines, along river Tiber, is famous for being the birthplace of Piero della Francesca (Italian mathematician and artist of the Early Renaissance), as well as one of the most fascinating artistic Renaissance towns thanks to the elegance and the sophistication of its architectures.

Every year in September, when the crossbowmen of Sansepolcro renew the challenge to their friends and rivals from Gubbio, Sansepolcro relives the traditions and the prestigious atmosphere, the arts and the crafts of the glorious Renaissance Age, wearing the colours of Piero della Francesca's masterpieces, and recalling its proud past of free city, constantly engaged in defending against attacks from the nearby Lords. Just from the military exercises to keep trained the town militia has originated the shooting challenge with the old Italian crossbow. Sitting on benches set at a distance of 36 meters, the crossbowmen try to shoot the target, while many historical characters dressed in period costumes follow the contest, and the flag-wavers throw their coloured flags high in the sky.

The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Società Balestrieri Sansepolcro
Address: Via della Fonte, 5 - 52037 Sansepolcro (Arezzo), Italy
Tel./Fax: +39 (0)575 736360

Sansepolcro Town Council / Comune di Sansepolcro
Address: Via Matteotti ,1 - 52037 Sansepolcro (Arezzo), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)575 7321 – Fax: +39 (0)575 732263
Ufficio Cultura Tel.: +39 (0)575 732283
Ufficio Turistico Tel.: +39 (0)575 740536

Image: Società Balestrieri Sansepolcro
Text sources: Società Balestrieri Sansepolcro, Sansepolcro Town Council, Wikipedia


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