Giostra della Quintana

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The Giostra della Quintana was a historical jousting tournament in Foligno, central Italy. It was revived as a modern festival in 1946.

The challenges takes place in June (1st Challenge) during a Saturday night and September (the counter-challenge) the 2nd or 3rd Sunday of September.

Historical[edit]

The definition of Quintana comes from the 5th road of the Roman military camps, where the soldiers were trained to the lance fighting. They would run against a dummy-soldier, trying to catch a ring hanging from an arm of the dummy. Here the origin of the tournament's name, but the first definition and documented "Quintana" as a knights' jousting tournament during a festival, dates back to 1448. In 1613 the priors included the Quintana in the events of carnival festivals, and all has been historically documented.

Modern[edit]

In 1946 the actual "Giostra della Quintana" was reborn. Actually the knights are 10, each representing a quarter of the Town. Rushing at gallop, they have to spear 3 rings having smaller size at each carousel. The rings are hanging from a rotating statue representing Mars the "Lord of War" from the ancient classic memories. The statue is in oak, the original dates back to 1613 (17th century), it holds a shield with the symbol of Foligno and on the straight arm are hanging the rings to spear.

During the events period, a number of happenings involve the whole town. A parade takes place with 800 characters dressed in original-like precious dresses: a historically documented walk in the town during the day before the Ring Joust.