The Battle on the Bridge in Pisa | 24 June 2023

 

General information

DurationDestinationDeparture
3 days and 2 nights
Italy (Pisa)
Italy (Pisa)

Description

Weekend in Pisa for the famous "Gioco del Ponte". But ... what is it ?!
The Gioco del Ponte is a historical re-enactment event that takes place every year in Pisa, divided into two moments: the Historical Parade on the Lungarni (with more than 700 participants), a parade in medieval costumes, and the Battle on the Ponte di Mezzo, where the teams of the neighborhoods belonging to the two rival city factions compete against each other, proving their respective physical power, in a competitive atmosphere. The team that remains owner of the bridge wins the competition, pushing back the trolley (and therefore the opponents) at the opposite end of the sliding rail.

Program

Day 1:
June 23. Friday Arrival in the city of the Leaning Tower, Pisa. After releasing the luggage at the Nh **** hotel or similar (in the city center), the tour begins immediately with our specialized guide who will take us to discover the beauties of the old maritime republic. In about 2 hours we will see Piazza dei Miracoli, with its Cathedral, Baptistery, Cemetery and the Leaning Tower. To go up and see the view, you need to book your ticket in advance. Later, always with our guide, you can take a walk around the bell tower and discover Piazza dei Cavalieri with its Scuola Superiore Normale, the Conte Ugolino tower and many other characteristic churches of the city. Free lunch and in the afternoon some shopping in Corso Italia, full of shops for all needs!
Return in the evening, on foot, and overnight at hotel Nh Pisa **** or similar. Breakfast included.

Day 2:
June 24. Saturday. Today is the day! It's bridge game day! After breakfast at the hotel, in fact, run along the Lungarno to participate at the beginning of the event. This takes place in two significant moments: the Historical Parade on the Lungarni, a sort of very impressive military parade, and the Battle, set on the Ponte di Mezzo, where the teams of the districts belonging to the two city factions (Tramontana and Mezzogiorno) give proof of the respective physical power, in an agonistically compelling atmosphere. It is a very different game and very very fun and relaxing ... obviously for the observers!

Return to the hotel in the evening. Breakfast the day after.

Day 3:
June 26. Sunday. What's more beautiful than spending a beautiful Sunday at the sea? Yes, about twenty minutes by car from Pisa you can have lunch in Marina di Pisa. Coast much praised by the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio and full of restaurants along the promenade. For all tastes and budgets! It is very advisable to book in advance given the numerous bookings that can be made. After lunch, we advise you to eat an excellent ice cream or crepes right along the road and above all to walk to the port of Marina di Pisa. Here, if you are lucky, you will have the honor of seeing various VIP yachts, and why not, Cavalli's one!
Return to your home in the afternoon.

€ 160 per person

Price includes

3 days / 2 nights in Pisa
Bed and breakfast at hotel Nh **** in the center of Pisa
Exclusive city tour with our specialized guide.

Price does not include

Hotel stay taxes
Personal extras

Itinerary

Day Overnight Itinerary highlights
1 4 Stars or similarPisa   Pisa - Pisa
2 4 Stars or similarPisa
3   Pisa - Pisa

Accommodations provided in each place

Place
Pisa4 Stars