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Randomly in the streets of Lucca, the Palio della Balestra Antica

Yesterday afternoon, while I was just strolling through Lucca a ice in my hand, I discovered a poster announcing the Palio della Balestra Antica. I know the Palio of Siena, these demonstrations on horseback followed by parades and a big traditional festival. Word palio So intrigued me and I came back on time for the biggest surprise!

What show! I learned later that the Crossbow Palio features the crossbow rather than the horse, although this part comes only after a good hour of parade through the streets of the town, drumming and demonstrations of flag talent. You may have seen this performance in the movie Under the Tuscan sun, when the Polish lover is ready to play. It marked me and I had the chance to see her live.

It goes without saying that this tournament is ancestral, because it dates back to the 15th century and although that of Lucca seems to have been forgotten a few years, it is back in force!

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The party remains formal, with the extras in period clothes, the standard bearers and the drummers who parade and enter the main square. Here, Piazza San Michele, at the foot of one of Lucca’s most beautiful attractions, the Church of San Michele in Foro. The images describe better than I the time I spent savoring the Palio della Balestra Antica in onore de Santa Croce.

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Fabulous, isn’t it? A typical Italian moment crunched on the spot, while I was walking quietly. Successful surprise!

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Palio de Lucca, Italy Palio della Balesta Antica in Lucca, Italy

In regards to Jennifer Doré Dallas

Jennifer Doré Dallas is behind the travel blog Moi, mes shoes, but she is also a content marketing consultant, presents travel conferences, does freelance writing and is the author of a dozen Lonely Planet guides and Ulysses. When she’s not exploring the planet on the lookout for new experiences, she travels to Quebec, to the four corners of her native province of Canada, to discover the land and the best places to sleep, eat and visit, from the Magdalen Islands to the North Shore via Montreal, the Laurentians, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Montérégie where she lives, to name a few! She loves to make those who don’t dare yet want to leave! Its philosophy or slogan: save where possible, spend where it matters most, regardless of your travel budget. In short, travel better, for less, more often or for a long time! Jennifer loves hostels as much as the occasional luxury, but the most important thing for her is getting the best value for her money while meeting great people! Obsessed with Ziploc bags and her SteriPen, she wholeheartedly hates umbrellas. The objects from which she cannot separate? His travel journal and his camera. His economical hobby: markets and grocery stores. She is also the founder of the community of 6 to 8 travel, of Voyage numériQC, specializing in content and networking between influencers and tourism companies and Chasing Poutine, an English travel blog about vacations in Quebec.

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