9, 10, 11 September2011
There is a date with history from September 9th – 11th at Serra Sant’Abbondio, in the province of Pesaro-Urbino. In this great centre of the Italian Renaissance there is a chance to see a re-enactment of the famous traditions of the Dukedom of the Montefeltros.In the amazing “corsa delle oche” (goose race), a very popular game during Mediaeval and Renaissance times, the three villages and castles compete against each other for the Palio della Rocca (prize of the fortress), which portrays the sacred image of Saint Abbondio. For a period of three days, the appearance of the village completely changes and instead takes on a truly mediaeval aspect. The old taverns are reopened, including the famous inn known as the Hostaria di Sant’Honda, whose historical existence is proved by a document dating back to 1591. The streets and squares of the town are filled with colourful shows, historical re-enactments, street theatre, puppeteers, music, minstrels, story-tellers, dancers and acrobats, giving the whole place an air of magic. However, the most eagerly anticipated moment is when the “ocari” (gooseherds) swear their allegiance and loyalty. This oath marks the start of the contest for the Palio dei Monelli (rascals’ prize), which is followed by the ever-popular Corsa delle Oche to gain the cherished Palio della Rocca. Even the local inhabitants go back in time on this occasion, appearing in mediaeval dress, and old signs take the place of modern notices. There is enough fantasy and entertainment to please all members of the family, and fun is assured with the dance show put on by the “Puellae Leggiadre” troupe, which lasts until the sky is filled with the magic of exploding fireworks.For a detailed copy of the programme, you can contact the Serra Sant’Abbondio Events Office, either by phone or Fax at: (+39) 0721 730657.…And may the best man win!