The Archidado Joust traces its origins back to the Middle Ages and was officially created in 1397 to celebrate the wedding of Francesco Casali, the Lord of Cortona, and Antonia Salimbeni, a noble woman from Siena. In the city of Cortona, this historical event is recalled every year on the second Sunday of June, when people are lead back to the ancient medieval splendor of the city. The streets are decorated in medieval style, ladies, knights, flag flyers, crossbow shooters, soldiers, pages, civil and religious authorities, all dressed with fine costumes, liven up the city center, which is rich in history and artistic beauties of every time. The Council of Terzieri is really proud of recreating this joyful atmosphere and hopes that the striving competition for winning the golden arrow called “verretta” will emotionally involve not only the five quarters but the whole city, for a moment of genuine joy and funny craziness that makes us coming back to the past.
The Joust has its origins in the Middle Ages, but it is since 1994 that the quartiers of Cortona compete with crossbows, recalling the festivities for the wedding of Francesco Casali and Antonia Salimbeni.
Now in its twentieth edition, the Joust is an event not to be missed, is compelling and exciting for citizens and for tourists, who are lucky to be in Cortona during the medieval week!