Umbrian medieval festivals




Assisi, May 1-4, 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.

Festival program

…And May Day 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

Festival programme
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

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