feste medioevali




Montefalco, 4-19 August 2023

The August Montefalchese is back, the event that will enliven the summer nights of the Umbrian railing for a month.

The 2022 edition is confirmed as full of events linked to local history and traditions with music, shows and historical re-enactments in the streets and squares of the evocative city of Montefalco.

The review will open on August 4 at 20.00 with the extraordinary Renaissance Banquet in Piazza del Comune. An evening in which the four districts of the city participate, Sant’Agostino, San Bartolomeo, San Fortunato and San Francesco, and which is accompanied by the commemorative ceremony for the fiftieth anniversary of the Escape of the ox: a historical re-enactment that will enliven the streets of the city with a procession of over 400 extras, games and competitions to arrive in the historic site of the Viale della Vittoria car park, with the race of the oxen. At the conclusion of the event and based on the result of the four competitions between the districts, the highly sought-after Falco d’oro will be awarded. The ceremony will take place on the loggia of the town hall and admission is free.

There will also be Tavernas, adorned with the colors and signs of each of the districts, which will come alive in the most evocative places of the city among fifteenth-century cloisters and panoramic terraces to taste the ancient smells and flavors of the local gastronomy, savor the fragrance of the prestigious wines of Montefalco




Assisi, 21 April – 11 May, 2024

The Calendimaggio of Assisi (sometimes also transcribed Kalendimaggio) is a festival that is celebrated every first Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday after May 1st of every year, to greet the arrival of spring. The two Parts into which the city is divided, the Nobilissima Parte de Sopra and the Magnifica Parte de Sotto, compete for the conquest of the palio, through the development of processions in medieval costumes (about 13th century – mid 15th century), scenes recitations of re-enactment of medieval life in the alleys of the city and musical performances: the winning Party is decided by a jury, made up of internationally renowned experts, that is, a historian, a musicologist and a personality from the world of entertainment.

During the days of Calendimaggio, through the alleys of Assisi, you can relive the atmosphere of the typical medieval festival, with songs, music and jousting; the festival has ancient origins, dating back to the ancient tradition of the Umbrian people to greet the arrival of spring.

In these days, the people of Assisi wear traditional medieval clothes and follow a series of initiatives, including the suggestive Palio del Calendimaggio.

…And Calendimaggio is coming

…E Vien Calendimaggio
Sunday 21 April

Piazza Santa Chiara
Selection competition between the Crossbowmen of the Parties

Monday 22 April
10:00 a.m.

Town Hall Square
Conciliation Hall
29th ‘Carlo Lampone’ Prize

Thursday 25 April
7:30 p.m.

Town Hall Square
Hall of the Vaults
Opening of the Calendimaggio Tavern

Saturday 27 April
12:00 p.m.

Piazza del Comune
Sala della Conciliazione
Presentation of the Jury “Edition 2024

Tuesday 30 April
4.00 p.m.

New Church Square
Presentation of Madonne Primavera*
Singing tribute by the “Cantori di Assisi” (Assisi Singers)

8:30 p.m.

Propiziatory dinners in the Rioni delle Parti districts

Wednesday 1 May
2:30 pm

Piazza Santa Chiara
Performance by the “Compagnia Balestrieri di Assisi” (Crossbowmen Company of Assisi)

5:00 p.m.

Show of the “Gruppo Sbandieratori di Assisi” (Assisi flag-wavers group)

Monday 6 May
9:30 p.m.

Vicoli Parte de Sotto
Open scenes in costume

Tuesday 7 May
9:30 pm

Alleys of Parte de Sopra
Open Scenes in Costume

*in case of bad weather, the presentation of the Madonne Primavera will take place in the Sala della Conciliazione of the Municipal Palace



Wednesday 8 May – “Delivery of the Keys”

Parte de Sotto – Blessing of the banners in the Upper Basilica of San Francesco
Part of Above – Blessing of the banners in the Cathedral of San Rufino


Sound of the Bell of Laudi
Piazza Santa Chiara
Departure of the Calendimaggio parade


Town Hall Square
Choir of the Parties – Performance of the Curfew Hymn
The Field Master assumes sovereign powers
Entrance of the processions. Return of the Palio.
Greetings from the President-Magistrate – Presentation of the Jurors.
Reading of the challenge notices
Exit of the processions along Corso Mazzini and Piazza Santa Chiara


Part of Below: Re-enactments of medieval life*

Thursday 9 May – “Madonna Primavera”

Town Hall Square
Sound of the Bell of Laudi
Entrance of the processions. Challenge games between the Parties:
Crossbowmen shooting competition, trege race, tug of war
for the proclamation of Madonna Primavera.
Madonna Primavera parade.
Exit of the processions along Corso Mazzini and Piazza Santa Chiara.


Part of Above: Re-enactments of medieval life*

Friday 10 May – “The Show”

Town Hall Square
Show by the Flag-waving Group of Assisi
Children's May Day

Evening Procession – “La Tenzone”

Sound of the Bell of Laudi
Entrance to the Evening Processions

Saturday 11 May – “The Challenge”

Town Hall Square
Sound of the Bell of Laudi
Entrance of the historical processions
Exit of the processions along Corso Mazzini and Piazza Santa Chiara

"The singing"

Sound of the Bell of Laudi
Singing challenge
Assignment of the Palio

* The event is screened in the Sala delle Volte (Taverna) and in the former Pinacoteca room.

Wednesday 8 May – “Delivery of the Keys
3 pm

Parte de Sotto – Blessing of the banners in the Upper Basilica of San Francesco
Parte de Sopra – Blessing of the banners in the Cathedral of San Rufino

3:45 p.m.

Ringing of the Bell of Lauds
Piazza Santa Chiara

4:00 p.m.

Departure of the Ente Calendimaggio parade
Town Hall Square
Choir of the Parties – Execution of the Curfew Hymn
The Master of the Field in




Bevagna, June 19-30, 2024

The Mercato delle Gaite is inspired by the ancient division of Bevagna (PG) into four districts called Gaite. The administrative organization of the city in medieval times was based on it. The purpose of the event is to reconstruct, with the greatest historical relevance and wealth of details, the daily life of the inhabitants of the village in the period between 1250 and 1350.

For ten days, at the end of June, Bevagna takes a dip in this remote past: the ancient shops of medieval crafts reopen their doors and resume their activities; the streets are populated with bevanati who in period clothes live the daily life of their ancestors by eating, working, playing just like them. Today as then, the city is divided into four Gaite, but today each rivals the others in an attempt to give a historically faithful interpretation of the role it played in the Middle Ages. The spirit of competition is the basis of the animated event and takes the form of participation in 4 competitions: Competition of Professions, Gastronomic Competition, Market Competition and Archery Competition. With a complex system of points, assigned by scholars and experts in various fields and called to judge the historical relevance of the reconstructions, the winner is declared on the last day of the event and receives the Palio della Vittoria as a gift. The strong spirit of belonging to one’s own Gaita makes the competitions very interesting and stimulates a continuous improvement of the Gaite proposals in the various sectors, with a clear advantage of the general quality of the Festival. The Mercato delle Gaite is now counted among the most important historical events in Umbria and is part of the Regional Association of Historical Events.