I’m a bit of a sucker for medieval fayres. Not sure why, as all the luxuriant beards and local artisans make it look a bit like history for hipsters. But it’s certainly photogenic, and the Italians do that aspect better than most. On a recent trip to Tuscany we stopped for a couple of nights in Volterra, in time for a two-day event called Volterra AD 1398.
We started in the main square, watching some very energetic flag-twirling displays.
Video, so you can better appreciate the twirliness:
Other parts look more like a BDSM convention.
Love the curly beard – chain mail combo.
The food’s usually good too, as long as you’re happy looking it in the face while you eat it.
I opted for a cheesey sausage sandwich. The cheese melting technique was low tech but efficient.
I had to pay with “grossi”. The exchange rate was one grosso to the Euro.
Authentic 14th century doughnuts were also available.
In addition to artisans, stallholders and performers there were plenty of people just wandering around in costume. Although maybe that was considered a kind of performance too.
There was also a falconry display, although when I passed by all the raptors were resting.
At first glance I thought this manuscript illuminator had an iPhone, but it turned out to be his palette.
Others just sit there and soak up the attention.
One thing seems sure: being medieval is really tiring.