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The Saracino Joust

The Saracen Joust is not just an event, it is a tradition passed from generation to generation. The origins of the Joust date back to the Middle Ages, but its current form dates back to 1931, when it was reinstated to strengthen Arezzo's sense of identity and community. Since then, the Joust has become a fundamental part of Arezzo's life, an occasion to celebrate and share the city's history and culture.
la giostra del saracino - the saracino joust

Discover the Saracino Joust

We welcome you to Arezzo, a place where history meets today in a kaleidoscope of colors, customs and knights. Imagine traveling back in time to medieval times when knights fought for glory and honor. This is the experience that awaits you in Arezzo during the Joust of the Saracen-or simply “al Saracino”-a historical celebration that unites the city in a feast of pride and tradition. Whether you are a fan of historical reenactments, costume shows, equestrian competitions, or simply curious, we assure you that you will be enchanted by this unique event. And where to attend this extraordinary event? AnticheMura is the answer! Read on to find out why.

Travel back in time with the Joust

Attending the Saracino means not only being a spectator of an event, but experiencing an authentic time jump. This tournament is a return to the 16th century, a battle against the King of the Indies that fills the streets of Arezzo with the sound of trumpets, the sound of horses and the din of competition. The Joust of the Saracen is not just entertainment, it is a real challenge between the city’s districts, each eager to win the golden lance, the tournament’s most coveted prize. So get ready to see passion, pride and competition like you’ve never seen before.

The competition between neighborhoods at the Saracino Joust

The Joust of the Saracen is rooted in the community of Arezzo. Four neighborhoods, or ‘Porte,’ compete: Porta Crucifera, Porta del Foro, Porta Sant’Andrea and Porta Santo Spirito. Each district has its own identity and history, reinforced by the distinctive colors, heraldic coats of arms and rituals they bring to the competition. The intense competitive spirit adds an element of excitement to the Joust that makes it a truly unique event. However, the competition is friendly, a way for the community to come together, celebrate its history and create unforgettable memories.

Arezzo’s Heritage

The Saracen Joust is not just an event, it is a tradition passed from generation to generation. The origins of the Joust date back to the Middle Ages, but its current form dates back to 1931, when it was reinstated to strengthen Arezzo’s sense of identity and community. Since then, the Joust has become a fundamental part of Arezzo’s life, an occasion to celebrate and share the city’s history and culture. As a testament to the city’s connection to this event, in 2011 the Joust of the Saracen was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, further recognition of the importance of this festival to Arezzo and the world.

Watching the Saracino Joust from AnticheMura

From where to enjoy this extraordinary event? We suggest AnticheMura, a place that combines the convenience of modern hospitality with the unique atmosphere of an ancient structure. Located in the heart of Arezzo, AnticheMura offers you a privileged view of the Giostra del Saracino. In addition, our staff is at your complete disposal to make your stay even more enjoyable and memorable. Are you ready to experience the Giostra del Saracino like you’ve never experienced it before? Book your stay at AnticheMura now and become part of Arezzo’s history!

AnticheMura: Your gateway to the Saracino Joust

In addition to offering you an unforgettable experience during the Giostra del Saracino, AnticheMura is your gateway to all that Arezzo has to offer. Discover our city through its ancient streets, beautiful monuments and exquisite cuisine. With AnticheMura, you are in the heart of it all. So, don’t hesitate! Book your stay and discover why Arezzo and AnticheMura are the perfect combination for an unforgettable vacation.

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