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Living history of the province of Lucca
I mestieranti dei Buonvisi
  The workers in 1600   The workers in 1200
In the XVII century in Tuscany from the new world arrives ” chocolate” the food of the gods…sublime food that in a very short times captures the courts of Florence and Lucca.
The workers of the Buonvisi, wanting to narrate and illustrate the story of chocolate and its use inside the noble Lucchesi families, propose an antique chocolate factory where they  produce chocolate as in 1600’s demonstrating antique recepies, including the famous “chocolate with jasmine” that  was Cosimo III Dei Medici and the whole of Tuscany’s favorite, and also shows how  a noble woman of the Marchesi of Buonviso would offer it for tasting in her dinning rooms.

The multi epoch group of the workers of Buonvisi not only represent the art of making chocolate as was in that time, but also show the normal every day life of a noble family during feasts in the villas in that time period and organize buffets and weddings in the style of the first renaissance.
  In this epoch we propose different times of medieval life, representing ancient works, also recreated with care in each detail, each of us has researched and documented on the work to recreate, in such way that its representation becomes explanatory and at the same time didactics, not only showing its job, but explaining the origins and the developments of it. Among the jobs that we represent we highlight the miniaturist that besides showing how the ancient miniatures were created also explain what they represented, the worker will tell the history of the writing in all of its forms between nibs and goose feathers, the Herb Wizard that healed and took care ot the people of the villages grasses, roots and berries, swapping the potions for common groceries or the normal towns woman who can, between grain and old seeds, illustrate how the cultivation and the uses of ancient plants, have held up the economy of our ancestors for centuries and finally the cloth merchant, that between silk and cloths, explains the old methods of measurement and exchanges.
The group with regards to this period, can develop lessons for a scholastic level, can organize banquets, suppers, parties and wedding in medieval style


Living history of the province of Lucca
Celebrations in honor of S.Paolino
Procession historical 11 July 2008
"Palio della balestra" 12 July 2008
The use of the crossbow to Lucca, is remembered for the first time, in a document of the XII century, the city to increase its defenses in 1169 decides to have a group of balestrieri. The 29 giugno1443, the "Suggestion of the Elderly ones" of the Republic of Lucca, after having written the rule L' "Ordo for Balistrari" it organized a tournament of draught with the crossbow. the preserved rule in the file of State, is used today still, to control the Palio, that every year is disputed on the occasion of the celebrations of S. Paolino.


Party of the Region Tuscany
Montepulciano (Siena)
November 25 th 2007
The 30 November of every year the Region Tuscany with her "Party of the Region Tuscany" she wants to remember the Granduca in Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo of Lorena that November 30 th 1786 abolished the death penalty in the "Granducato in Tuscany", the first state in the world to complete this action of civilization that unfortunately many states keep still today on denying
Some historical groups of Lucca you introduce to the historical procession of Montepulciano I Mestieranti dei Buonvisi Sbandieratori di Gallicano
Associazione Contrade di S.Paolino Vicaria di Gallicano


Medieval market of the Saint Cross
In September on the occasion of the celebrations of the Saint Cross, her "Company Balestrieri of Lucca", near their center the Baluardo S.Pietros, organize every year a medieval market, for two days (the Saturday and the Sunday) the medieval artisans, animate the Baluardo and in the lawn to the outside of the boundaries of the city, they organize a competition of draught with the crossbow
The association Balestrieri of Lucca was born in 1970 with the purpose to make to know Lucca and her traditions through the preparation of historical demonstrations. To do this the association with his 400 partners organizes besides the Medieval Market of the Saint Cross, other historical demonstrations of great call the "Palio S.Paolino" and the " Party of the Liberty". The Palio of the crossbows in honor of St. Paolino (the most ancient competition in Europe) he is disputed the evening of 12 July of every year
To know the activity of the historical group, visits,
www.compagniabalestrierilucca.it  or to directly contact the secretary Massimo Baldocchi (338/2371277)
Association Balestrieri di Lucca



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