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Volterra AD 1398 14th of August
14 August 2022
Volterra has not only vestiges of its Etruscan and Roman past, which can be admired in its walls and theatre, but also a widespread heritage of churches and parish churches dating back to the Middle Ages. On August 14th and 22nd, the whole town takes a step back more than 600 years and turns into ‘Volterra AD 1398’.
The streets of the town will be the backdrop for artisan and merchant stalls, parades of commoners and nobles, and juggling shows.
In the Parco di Castello, at the foot of the imposing Medici Fortress, ladies and knights, flag wavers and crossbowmen will demonstrate their dexterity, and musicians will entertain the crowds. Strolling slowly down steep, uphill streets, the tourists of 2000 mingle with the people of Volterra in 1398.
A perfectly reconstructed world: the re-enactment is so faithful that the Euro will be replaced by the Grosso, a copper or gold coin available at the Exchange Office. It can be used to buy everything on offer at the banquets, from food and wine delicacies to handicrafts. A medieval dinner is also organised during the festival, with a menu featuring tasty traditional dishes given an original twist.