Friday, May 6, 2011

Calendimaggio ... beam me up!!!

I can't believe it's been a whole year! If I could pull a Star Trek and get beamed anywhere this weekend, it would be to Assisi, for the Calendimaggio festival! Those Italians sure know how to put on a festival!

During Calendimaggio, upper and lower Assisi battle it out to see who can put on the most amazing medieval festival, with grand processions, music, costume dramas, archery and other medieval games. It's incredible! If you were were on my blog last year you might remember my enthusiasm for this unbelievable event that goes on for three days!

Calendimaggio 2010

If you are able to travel and can ever find a way to get there ... GET THERE! Steal your family member's airline miles and go! Seriously!

It is one of those experiences you should have in your life, if you are a traveler, love history, Italy or all of the above. It's the first weekend of May every year. Well... the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday so it depends on how it hits on the calendar.

When these banners (below) shot across, over the piazza, it was like magic. I wanted to burst into tears. There was no more enchanting and wonderful place to be than Assisi.

It was beautiful!

This is just a mini sampling of last years festivities but if you want to check out some aMAZing costumes and incredible moments from their productions last year, click right HERE.

I am rooting for the Parte de Sopra (upper Assisi) again this year. They have lost three years in a row! Think good thoughts for them this weekend. They work on this festival the entire year!

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

~John Keats

Have a great weekend!



PoetessWug said...

WOW! Talk about a production!! :-)

KathyA said...

How exciting. Would love, one year, to be there!

Tammie Lee said...

this looks like a wonderful festival. Cheers to your wonderful memories.

Craftsman of light said...

i'll be going sometime of this year, maybe at the end of summer!
Have'nt yet fixed any dates....

who knows, i might run into!

Everytime you speak of Assisi something indescribable takes place within me!

Cobalt Violet said...

Thanks for the comments! I just found out Sopra finally won this year! Yay!!!

turidis said...

I'm really happy to read Your enthusiastic reports on the "Italian Life" and as an italian fan, I'm glad in suggesting to You for visiting my beautiful island!...from Sicily, Ciao! Sal

Ola said...

I always liked southern celebrations:)

softearthart said...

Oh the magic of it all, just beautiful, cheers Marie

jgy said...

It looks amazing. Lucky you to have been there!
Speaking of magical:))

ruthie said...

Wow it has come round quickly! It looks so wonderful, such amazing costumes, so much inspiration. One day i should love to be there to see it all! x Just wanted to say such a huge big thank you for your comments on 5 precious, the whole blogging issue & consequent posts rolling around out there really struck a chord with so many, what a way to share x x your such a sweetie. x hugs

JM said...

I have never been there but I believe you, it will surely be worth it. Great photos! Bacchus looks very funny. :-)