Medieval archery in Bagni di Lucca

On Sunday 17 th June the annual Palio Della Balestra was held in La Villa. The archery competition took place in the grounds of the beautiful Villa Ada, up the hill behind the village of La Villa.

It is a good excuse for people to dress up in gorgeous medieval costumes and shoot arrows at targets…..or just watch other people shoot arrows at targets. Lots of fun was had by all.

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One of the handsome young knights had trouble doing his hair given that he was wearing rather large gloves. Fortunately one of his mates helped out.

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That is much easier to fit under a helmet.

There were some serious archers.

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Arrows were checked and removed from the targets.

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Scores were discussed.

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There were flowers to be presented to winners.

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There was a display of medieval food preparation.

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There were weapons to be discussed.

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Meanwhile there was a little market in La Villa.

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After the first round of the competition the participants were joined by drummers and other musicians for a parade into town.

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The drummers were excellent.

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Look at this gorgeous young drummer.

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Actually they were all gorgeous.

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There were also bagpipes.

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Here is a last look at the handsome young knight.

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Then it was time for lunch before the next round of competition……but by then it was hot and I went home.

When you visit and town or village make sure you check with the information centre to see what festivals are on….you wouldn’t want to miss one.

Thank you to Ilario (see comments below) for letting me know that Bagni di Lucca’s crossbow team is the champion team in Italy. I told you there were some serious archers there.

Click here to see the 2013 event.

37 thoughts on “Medieval archery in Bagni di Lucca

  1. Wow! Looks amazing. Is this the annual Mediaeval Festival held in the park in Bagni di Lucca? I didn’t know about the archery competition.
    Oh! I so want to be there. We arrive on 31st July this year instead of the usual mid May. We’ll miss out on lots of things but I guess we’ll catch a whole lot of extras by staying until the end of October.
    Thanks for the lovely photos Debbra.
    All the best,
    Cheryl

      • Debra – assume you mean the tourist information centre at BdL – we’re visiting from the 30th June but only for a week (then heading north) and so feel I need to get to the right place straight away. Have been following the blog so feel like I’ve got lots of good pointers.

        Thanks

        Anna

  2. I have attended this event a couple of times in the past and it is great to see that the number of people in costumes keeps on increasing. It is great for the town not to loose these traditions. Also the quality of the costumes gets better and better. Great photos!

  3. Fantastic photos…I so enjoy that you share all the wonderful festivals with us. I love that Italy carries on so many traditions especially with all the clothing that keeps history alive.

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