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Giostra dell'Orso

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Arundel, United...
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Giostra dell'Orso


I will be staying at Bagni du Lucca for 2 weeks from 19th July. Looking at the various events and festivals that go on in the area I cam accross one called the Giostra dell'Orso which happens in Pistoia. From what I can make out, this take place every July 25th and is a jousting competition in the main square.

Arundel, United...
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1. Re: Giostra dell'Orso

As I hit my enter key by mistake, the question I meant to ask in the above post is; can anyone confirm that the Giostra dell'Orso is happening this year on July 25th, what time of day is it on and does it get very crowded ( my wife is demophobic )

Thanks, Tony

Toronto, ON
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2. Re: Giostra dell'Orso

I also want to know the same thing. I will be in the area on that date.

Castellina in...
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3. Re: Giostra dell'Orso

Yes, 25th July http://www.festivals-of-tuscany.com/ It will be VERY crowded - it's a major event for the Pistoiese. You might be able to see the procession from a less crowded part of the route.

Burke, Virginia
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4. Re: Giostra dell'Orso

We will be in the area also and were wondering about this event. I read somewhere that it takes place around 9 pm at night. Is this true? Are there activities in the town during the day? We are 3 families- 6 adults and 4 children ages 7-15. Any info would be helpful.

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5. Re: Giostra dell'Orso

Hello again ttif,

If you want something less crowded but still with a medieval theme you could go to Medievo in Val di Lima on evening of July 26th in the hill village of Casoli which is one of the Bagni di Lucca villages. We went last year, lovely evening. As with many of the medieval festa evenings you pay an entry fee to the village and are given a map, you follow the route eating and drinking traditional local foods along the way. There are various medieval themed entertainments and plenty of people dressed in costume. There are lots of these sort of events around Bagni di Lucca through the summer, though this one fits with your dates. Check with the tourist information office at the former Royal Casino in Ponte a Serraglio, the lady who runs it is very helpful and can tell you what's on. Also pick up the leaflet 'Bagni d'Estate' which list summer events. Often though posters and publicity here only appear literally days before an event! Keep your eyes open! There is also the Palio di San Jacopo at Gallicano, which is about 15mins north of Bagni di Lucca, July 25th flag throwing and floats, evening I think.

Caroline, Villa Rosalena.

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