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I have read about the jousting tournament held in September. At some point I had read about a similar one (on a smaller scale perhaps) in June. Since then I have been unable to find anything about it. I believe it was held in the third week in June, with various events during the week. Can anyone shed some light for me? Thanks.

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http://www.festivals-of-tuscany.com/ La Giostra del Saracino, Arezzo

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Yes, there are two tournaments of equal scale in both June and September. This year the actual Giostra takes place Saturday, June 21st with all sorts of events going on in the week leading up to the big event. It starts somewhat late, around 8:30 pm or so. Last year I think it started around 9pm....There is a huge parade down the Corso Italia that take place first and then everybody ends up in the Piazza Grande for the competition. It is quite the spectacle!

Here is their official website. http://giostradelsaracino.arezzo.it

Unfortunately it is all in Italian but maybe you can use something like Google Translate to help out with the translation. Click first on " La Giostra oggi" on the lefthand side (The joust today) and then click on "L'edizione di Giugno" - this is for the June festival. There will be 2 options - one for looking at the schedule of events the day of the joust and then the other is a schedule for the entire week.

Tickets must be purchased and range from I believe 6 euros for standing to 60 euros for prime seating.

The four quarters or neighborhoods of Arezzo compete for the "Lance d'oro" - the golden lance - in the festival each wearing their quarters colors. A sagra or dinner is held the night before in each quarter - you can attend one of these as well and you simply pay and purchase for your meal there (no advance reservations needed).

Last year a huge fight erupted at the end of the competition when one of the losing teams broke the Lance'd'oro of the winners. It was quite crazy and people that had the colors of the two teams involved in the fight, immediately were removing their colored scarves (worn to support your quarter's team) so that they would not get pulled into the brawl. The polizia broke it up, nobody was hurt and it was all fine in the end. Sometimes I am not sure how much is simply posturing for the crowds and how much is real.

Let me know if you need more information. I realize I have given you June's information, but I was assuming from your post that this was the date you were interested in.

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In one book we read the Giostra del Saracino was last sunday in June and Last in September...Another book noted first week in September, do you have any idea about September?

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Use the link to the official web site in reply #2.

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