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San Ginesio

Medievalia offers a rich programme of events, inspired by life in San Ginesio Castle at the time of its greatest splendour, that for one week takes the town back in time. The event opens with a re-enactment of the Battle of the Baker’s Daughter, that recounts the history of 3 November 1377 when, thanks to the alarm promptly raised by a young baker woman who was on her way to “order the bread”, the people of San Ginesio were able to repel an attack by the troops from Fermo. The Palio then follows, in which the town districts challenge each other in ancient matches that are played in different locations of the town centre. They include a crossbow match, running, sword fighting, archery and ring jousting, and the event comes to an end with the Disputa della Pacca (ancient documents refer to a half-pig that is won by the horseman, riding at full gallop, who manages to hit the Saracen’s shield). The Palio is awarded to the town district that wins the most number of points overall in the five games. In addition, the event sees period costumes, display of trades, medieval dances and food as well as other cultural interludes.