We find ourselves
in Tuscany, next to sources of Marecchia river. Each year we go back to the Middle Ages and the Abbey of Sant’Angelo Michele de Tedaldi gives life to black monks, torch-light processions, historical retinues and banquets. Living the “Palio dei Castelli della Badia Tedalda” means going back to our remoter past, which is the moment when our deepest historical traditions become true. This reality lives inside each of us, being part of our genetic patrimony.
Between medieval songs, settings and foods, black monks of Saint Benedict, guided by their Abbot, give life to the glorious and ancient Abbey of Sant’Angelo Michele de Tedaldi, involving the enthusiastic participants in a highly evocative path where liturgical torch-light processions and solemn celebrations alternate to high masses and banquets, after which the Palio dei Castelli of Badia Tedalda takes place. This typical equestrian tournement is held by the most able Knights of the Castles of Badia Tedalda with launches and rings, competing for the prestigious Cloth and the Double-Crossed Plate of S.Angelo Michele. The Palio is therefore a magic historical commemoration of the past, where the present County Town and villages no longer exist, but only the past Abbey and its subject Castles; the Abbot, using his privilege of jus sanguinis, authenticates the documents by St. Christopher’s seal and shows off his own standard, with two red crosses on white field, besides he announces an equestrian tournement or entrusts an important work commission.
procession up to the Slope to the
Castle, Gregorian chants of Benedictine monks, S.Michele
Archangelo Church illuminated with candles like thousand
years ago, the ancient inns, foods, libations and musics,
within the scenery of the medieval village illuminated by
torches, recreate an ancient atmosphere and therefore
provoking an apotheosis of unforgettable emotions. This is
the Palio dei Castelli: a full immersion in our monastic
past life, which takes place every year at Badia Tedalda in
the province of Arezzo on the third weekend of August.
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