San Gemini, one of I Borghi più belli d'Italia (The most beautiful Villages of Italy), is about to re-dress the colors of the two Rioni (districts), Rocca and Piazza, for the 39th Giostra dell'Arme (Joust of the Arms), from September 29th to October 14th, 2012.
The event is inspired by the Statuti comunali (municipal Statutes) of the fourteenth century, where there is already trace of the equestrian competitions in the name of Santo Gemine (is celebrated on October 9th, ed), the Patron Saint of the medieval village. The Giostra, Sunday, October 14th, 2012 starting from 16:00 at Campo de li Giochi, is a tournament consisting of six knights, three for each Rione. Riding their horses the knights must pierce with a spear a ring of 5 cm. and then throw it against a target, the Arme, a gentilizio coat of arms, that is divided into bands of different colors and shapes, and with different scores. Each rider has at his disposal 3 rounds, and the Rione that scores the most points wins the Palio, a banner of red velvet.
The two Districts will compete also in historical reenactments, real shows: for example on October 1st, 2012 by the Rione Piazza “La Guerra dei Falchi" - La magia del volo della Falconeria ("The War of the Hawks" - The Magic of Flight of Falconry, from 21:30, Piazza San Francesco); the following day, October 2nd, 2012 and again starting from 21:30 but at the square of Palazzo Vecchio "Te Tingo Honoris Nomine" - Transmit and enhance the value and significance of the Faith in their own rione. Following animation for children with puppets: a dragon, a castle and a princess to save. By Rione Rocca.
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at the 2012 Giostra dell'Arme there will be an interfaith gathering starring the Jewish communities of Viterbo and Rome, the Italian Islamic Consult and the Community of Sant'Egidio.
For the duration of the Joust will reopen the old shops and ateliers and the "Taberne" (taverns), with traditional dishes. Always carried out by the two districts there will also be other theater scenes of medieval life, meetings and concerts.
Certainly not fail the historical pageant, Saturday, October 13th, 2012, starting at 22:00 from Piazza San Francesco. Also you can visit numerous exhibitions, among which stand out that of Ascoli sculptor Pericle Fazzini (author, among others, of the sculpture "La Resurrezione" of the Aula Palo VI, Sala Nervi, of the Vatican), entitled "Lo spirito della Materia" ("The spirit of the Matter"), who received the Medal of the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano.
The complete programme of the 2012 Joust of the Arms will be formalized in a few days, after the press conference. For more information, please refer to the website of the Pro Loco of San Gemini prosangemini.it.