La Giostra di Cavalleresca di Sulmona – Don’t Miss It!

Guess who scored a press pass to La Giostra di Cavalleresca di Sulmona?

That would be lucky, lucky yours truly, thanks to Saint Novelia, my dear friend and “partner in crime” (when we get together we cook up all sorts of good trouble!). Yes, I had a front row seat to this incredible event! And, I was ready with my best equipment.

This event is held the last weekend in July every year.

La Giostra di Cavalleresca became an annual event in Sulmona starting in 1994. It pays tribute to jousting events from centuries ago and Abruzzo’s rich noble heritage.

On Saturday and Sunday, around four in the afternoon, a long, seemingly endless procession of people dressed in exquisite Medieval garb makes its way up the Corso to Piazza Garibaldi, Sulmona’s main square.

I don’t know how they do this each year, but the piazza is transformed into a giant figure-eight horse track where the big event for La Giostra di Cavalleresca is held.

Watch the following video and find yourself in the middle of the action!

Rather than going into a lengthy explanation, I urge you to watch the YouTube video I created below. Hopefully, you’ll find yourself right in the middle of the action!

If you enjoy the video, you’d be doing me a huge favor by liking it on YouTube and subscribing to my channel (you’ll get notifications as soon as I upload new videos!). 

The following week, jousting events continue featuring other countries.

La Giostra di Cavallersca doesn’t end after the last weekend in July. The festivities continue and jockeys from all over the world come to compete in country-themed events.

Learn more about the entire event here (an English language option is available).



By |2019-06-18T19:54:55+02:00October 11th, 2018|Abruzzo, Events & Festivals|13 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Novelia October 12, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

    My dear Jed, thank you again for loving Sulmona like you do. The video of the Medieval Joust confirms it. It is a while that you are a witness of beautiful events that are celebrated in this city. With your videos, you promote and let your followers know of this part of the country worth visiting. Well done. Novelia

    • Jed October 12, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Novelia, I have you to thank for opening my eyes and heart to this wonderful part of Italy. I know the adventure is only beginning! Jed

  2. Richard DelSignore October 11, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply


    Once again you’ve done a great job showing off Sulmona!


    • Jed October 12, 2018 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Grazie, Rich! It’s so easy to love Sulmona!

  3. Cyndi October 11, 2018 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Wow! I loved everything about this! Thank you!

    • Jed October 11, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad you liked this, Cyndi! Grazie!

  4. Gloria October 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Well done Jed! I really enjoyed the video. There are so many wonderful cultural events in all of Italy you could shoot videos from now til doomsday. I like your commentary too, not too newsy, just a simple take on what you see. Nice job. Keep ‘em coming.

    • Jed October 11, 2018 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Gloria, I’ll keep at it! I love everything about the event. Mainly, I wanted to give people an idea of the energy, excited and color of the event!

  5. Robin Fink October 11, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Hey Jed,
    What a fantastic video!! LOVE!
    Can hardly wait to visit Abruzzo.
    Thanks for sharing.
    XXo Robin

    • Jed October 11, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      It’s a short trip for you guys. When you go, let me know and I’ll help you get hooked up!

  6. Kevin October 11, 2018 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Jed Smith….reporting live! That’s pretty cool all the way around. And how could you not be excited to have a press pass? 🙂

    • Jed October 11, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      I know! I keep pinching myself! All these amazing experiences…

  7. Joe October 11, 2018 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Jed,

    Wow! Loved the jousting and parade video! Nice!

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