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This year a Medieval style wedding will open the tenth edition of the historical re-enactment ‘Memoriae et Historiae de Semifonte’, the festival organised by the Unione Comunale del Chianti Fiorentino and the non-profit association Happy Days.
The festival takes place in the historic heart of Barberino, a town that boasts the “Bandiera Arancione” tourist award. During these two days you’ll be travelling back to the year 1000.
The spectacular parade through the streets and squares of Barberino is scheduled for Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September, and will open with a real wedding.
A foreign couple, who took part and loved the past editions of this medieval festival, has chosen Barberino Val d’Elsa to celebrate their wedding in Medieval style. On their big day they’ll be surrounded by dozens of people attired in period costume, a sight that gives life to the Barberino festival.
The municipality and those organising the event, curated by the president of the association Anna Brancaccio, welcomed their request with great enthusiasm. The wedding will be accompanied by nobles and commoners that are part of this colourful and lively historical parade that makes the town proud.
The historical re-enactment is curated by the Compagnia Tealtro, theatre company by Francesco Mattonai. For the entire weekend Medieval-style entertainment will bring colour to the historic centre: music performances, dance shows and street art, jugglers, stilt-walkers, musicians and poets, fire dances and military duels.
You’ll also find various games and Medieval performances such as archery and knife throwing acts. The event is artistically directed by Leonardo Ieva.
Among the participants, there will be the medieval camp of the Compagnia delle Terre d’Elsa and the Circa Teatro association with their performances. The festival is organised with the help of a subsidy from the Banca di Cambiano.
Free admission and free parking. The shuttle bus is available on Sunday 16th thanks to the volunteers of the Auser Tavarnelle Barberino association. Opening hours: from 5pm to midnight.