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Giostra della Quintana of Foligno

A unique and enthralling challenge is the Giostra della Quintana di Foligno, an ancient chivalric tournament between the ten districts of the city: Riding his horse, the knight must navigate a treacherous course, trying to thread his lance through the ring hanging from the arm of the famous Quintana statue, representing the God Mars. The rider who finishes the course without penalty and in the shortest possible time wins the Palio.

In the two weeks leading up to the race, the city comes alive with the opening of the ten district taverns where one can taste typical 17th-century gastronomic dishes, in which everyone faithfully dresses in Baroque-era clothing, giving the visitor a journey back in time that is unparalleled.

To discover this Joust, defined as the Olympiad of Ancient Regime Games, the city of Foligno opens its doors this year on 16 and 17 June 2023 for the first real challenge, returning on 16 and 17 September 2023 for the rematch.

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