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Gioco del Ponte parade - VIP

General information

Pisa, Italy6 hoursAttractions/Entertainment

Program details

June 29, 2024

The Game of the Bridge is a historical reenactment event that takes place on the last Saturday of June and consists in two basic moments: the historical parade along the Lungarni and the battle on the Ponte di Mezzo.

It begins with the historical parade and then continues with the Game of the Bridge, which involves a battle between the city's two historical teams: Tramontana and Mezzogiorno.

The Tramontana team represents the neighborhoods of: Santa Maria, San Francesco, San Michele, Mattaccini, Calci and Sartiri. That of Mezzogiorno, on the other hand, the neighborhoods of: St. Anthony, St. Martin, St. Mark, Lions, Dragoons and Dolphins.

The victory goes to the team that, by pushing the opponents' cart to the opposite end of the running rail, remains master of the bridge.

Our tour will begin in the morning, ready to discover the city of Pisa, which will be adorned with banners and decorations for this event.

Our guide will impart to you all his knowledge and insight into the city's main attractions. You will have the opportunity to admire the jewels of the Piazza dei Miracoli and the iconic Leaning Tower and the adjacent Piazza dei Cavalieri, which houses the Palazzo della Carovana, formerly the Palazzo degli Anziani now home to the prestigious Scuola Normale Superiore, the Palazzo dell'Orologio and the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri.

At the end of the visit, your guide will drop you off directly at the restaurant we have chosen for you, where a rich menu of dishes related to the Pisan culinary tradition awaits you, accompanied by excellent local wines.

The afternoon will be at your entire disposal to enjoy the atmosphere of the Gioco del Ponte.

At 6 p.m., the historical procession is scheduled to start from Guerrazzi Square (Mezzogiorno) and Largo Parlascio (Tramontana) with the arrival on the Middle Bridge.

This will be followed by the declaration of intent by the ambassadors of the two Parties and the blessing of the ranks and insignia. The figures will then return to their respective quartering grounds. As per tradition, the municipal palaces, Gambacorti and Pretorio, and the Ponte di Mezzo will be adorned with renewed scenic decorations.

At 7 p.m. the Battle on the Bridge contested between the two teams will begin, the objective of which is to advance until the enemy faction's flag falls.

When making reservations, please indicate in the notes the grandstand to attend the event.

After booking, you will receive your voucher, which must then be converted into an event ticket.
We will inform you of the place and time when the conversion will take place a few days before the event, at the e-mail address you provided during registration.

€ 120,00 per person

Price includes:
Entry ticket of the event with a seat in the stands
Guided tour of 3 hours
Lunch in tipical restaurant

Price does not include:
Meals not listed in the program
Anything else not expressly described in the section "Price includes"