Category: Arezzo

Fly Trought The Future

This shop window in Arezzo was too good to be true when Lili pointed it out to us yesterday.

I don’t envy the Italians trying to spell English. I do wonder what it would mean, however, to Fly Through The Future. And how the mannequins might help with that.

Maybe they’ve jumped off the brutalist architecture like Don Draper.

Much to Ponder.

But wait… Now there’s more!

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La Giostra del Saracino

Two weeks ago we traveled to Arezzo to visit our friends and to witness the 126th “Giostra del Saracino” – “Joust of the Saracen.” The joust takes place twice a year in Arezzo, on the last Saturday in June and the first Sunday in September. Each of the four quarters of the old city is represented by two knights, but they do not compete directly against one another. Rather, the object of the joust is a large, armored, swinging mannequin that holds a target in one hand and cat-o-nine tails in the other. This ‘automaton’ is fashioned as “Buratto, King of the Indies”, i.e. the Saracen. One might think that this tradition goes back to the Crusades, but unlike the Palio in Siena, which has been running continuously since 1644, Arezzo’s joust was ‘restored’ in 1931.

On this particular weekend, the joust coincided with the monthly Antiques Market in Arezzo. Shopping and knights, what more could our family ask for…

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