The Ancient Via Valeriana relives
Rivive l'Antica Via Valeriana
Next edition dates to be announced (the event was last held in 2015)
Maspiano, Sale Marasino (Brescia, Lombardy region)
the Ancient Via Valeriana comes back to life in Maspiano along the shores of a charming and picturesque Northern Italian lake...
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Sale Marasino lies in a vast natural amphitheatre overlooking the eastern shore of Lake Iseo (a beautiful narrow lake sheltered by mountains between the larger and more famous lakes Garda and Como), at about 35 km from Brescia and 90 km from Milano, in Lombardy region of Northern Italy. The town, surrounded by vineyards, and thick chestnut and olive groves, originated from the merging of two former villages: Sale, which is located along the lake shore, and grew during the Middle Ages thanks to the drainage of the marshy coast by the Benedictine Monks; Marasino, atop a hill and already inhabited during the Ancient Rome Age.
Event description and programme
Every year the medieval charm and atmosphere relive in the picturesque village of Maspiano, a hamlet of Sale Marasino, and along a stretch of the ancient “Valeriana” Route, carved halfway into the hill in a beautiful natural scenery with an amazing panorama over the lake and characterized today by cobbled streets and stonewalls still well preserved. During the Middle Ages the road, regularly travelled by merchants and pilgrims, linked the Franciacorta (a hilly area between Brescia city and the southern end of Lake Iseo, home to excellent wines) and Valle Camonica (one of the largest valleys of the central Alps, in eastern Lombardy, crossed by river Oglio and famous for the remarkable rock-carvings covering thousands of years, from prehistory to the Roman conquest).
The audience will enjoy the chance of a deep insight into the 13th and 14th Centuries AD rural daily life through characters, objects and tools, rites and customs of the period. The programme includes historical camp, entertainment and workshops for adults and children, flag-throwing shows, archery and falconry displays, knights tournaments and joust, exhibitions, food stands with historical and local cuisine, the medieval murder mystery dinner with theatre actors helping the audience in revealing a murderous plot, and more the historical parade, the ancient Gregorian mass, the medieval crafts market, and finally in Maspiano, the reenactment of a medieval banquet at torch and candlelight served by historical characters and cheered by musicians and jugglers.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Gruppo Scenografico di Sale Marasino
Sale Marasino Town Council / Comune di Sale Marasino
Address: Via Mazzini, 75 – 25057 Sale Marasino (Brescia), Italy
Tel: +39 030 9820921 | Fax: +39 030 9824104
Ufficio Turismo Tel.: +39 030 9820969
Image: Gruppo Scenografico di Sale Marasino
Text: Gruppo Scenografico di Sale Marasino, Wikipedia, Sale Marasino Town Council
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