“Ludus balistaris” – Crossbowmen Contest | Volterra
21 August 2021 - 22 August 2021
ore: 18:00 - 21:00
Centro storico Volterra
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The Contest takes place in Piazza dei Priori, generally the last Sunday of May, among the historic quarters (called “contrade”) of Volterra. Two crossbowmen for each quarter challenge each other throwing the darts from a 36meters distance in order to win the ambitious award.
The Crossbowmen of Volterra (balestrieri) participate in Historical Re-enactment events and shooting demonstrations in Italy and Europe , such as the “Peter and Paul Fest” in Bretten (Germany), and the “Reichsteid Fest” in Heidelsheim (Germany). The symbol of the group is a red and white rag bipartite vertically by a crossbow, with in the middle a coat of arms representing the dragon and the snake, the City of Volterra coat of arms.