When I wrote my blog about the Giostra di Simone, the wonderful summer festival that takes place in my village of Montisi, little did I know that I would be asked to be the Dame in the medieval procession.
Every year each contrada (district) of the village takes part in the procession, a very solemn and regal occasion in full medieval costume, parading through the streets with trumpeters and drummers, down to the field where the jousting takes place, watched and photographed by hordes of visitors.
After spending three hours having my hair expertly pinned and coiffed, I was dressed in a full velvet gown in the red, blue and white colours of my contrada, San Martino. Imagine spending several hours in 40 degrees of August heat in a full length velvet dress and knee high leather boots. I can’t imagine how the women in medieval times managed!
Fortunately the boots were amazingly comfortable – after all they were Italian! And the dress was rather large on me so there was an ample airflow! The hardest part for me was not smiling or indeed being able to acknowledge all the people I knew who had come to watch the proceedings.
It was such fun walking sedately through the village stopping from time to time while the flag throwers performed their routine and feeling so much part of the wonderful community in this beautiful village.
If you would like to see more of this wonderful occasion have a look at this video made by Foodie International Elyse Pasquale
It was a day I shall never forget!