Volterra A.D. 1398 Medieval Festival
Every third and fourth Sunday of August, Volterra in the province of Pisa, steps back eight centuries. The streets and piazzas throng day and night with war horses, armored knights, crossbowmen, jesters, musicians, dancers, falconers, flag wavers, monks, peasants and buxom ladies. Ancient craftsman’s stalls blend with tables set with of medieval foods. Meanwhile the nearby serene Parco Archeologico comes to boisterous animation with the recreation of classical country life. A village with its shepherds, friars, soldiers and flocks and herds of domestic animals, mill about fires cooking savory classic dishes. And of course there are special events for kids: learning archery, jousting and fencing. A must for kids of all ages.