The Dragon Archers of Campiglia Marittima

June 24, 2014 / Events
Campiglia Marittima, Tuscany

On April 25 almost 200 archers arrived in Campiglia Marittima. They gathered first in the central Piazza then made the steep climb up to La Rocca, which was one of the medieval seats of the Gheradesca family to compete for the prizes (salami, wine and olive oil), later to be awarded back in the Piazza.

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They were cheered on by the crowds and heralded by the drums and trumpets of the band costumed in brilliant red. Each squad of Archers has a flag from their home territory with an animal symbol such as wild boar, dog, etc. The symbol of the Campiglia group is the dragon.

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Time seemed to have morphed back to 1044 when the Rocca was built and one was reminded of a thousand years of the traditions and skills of the Archers. Today there were many children competitors and the ongoing dedication of the teachers to continue the traditions is rewarded by the enthusiasm of the young archers.

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Campiglia boasts their champions, Giovanna Tardei has been the reigning woman Archer of Tuscany for two years. The powerful squad, establishing family traditions includes her husband, Gabiello Nunes, daughter Damiana and sister, Alessandra and their club President, Claudio Burratelli and wife, Franca who were hard at work organizing the competition as well as competing.

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Not enough to excel as Archers, the day before was spent preparing the Tuscan specialties for the evening feast offered to the competitors and their accompaniers.

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Local hospitality was also offered by the Bacco Bar and La Panca, and Campiglia shops joined the generous hospitality by offering prizes and appreciation.

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One feels secure that the Archery traditions will be continuing for some time!

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Pat Carney

by Pat Carney

Pat Carney-Ceccarelli (www.campigliaworkshop.com) happily divides her time between Campiglia Marittima and Cambridge, UK.

9 Responses to “The Dragon Archers of Campiglia Marittima”

  1. Nino Russo

    I absolutely love this its beautiful keep traditions it reminds of where you come from.

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  2. louise

    Marvelous, Pat! Must somehow get to Campiglia in April one year. What a full blown experience. Good for them all to keep the tradition going.

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  3. Time travel is still possible, your article just proved that. I hope all my pieces are back in the right place. Keep writing, love your stuff.

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  4. Ah the splendor and the wonder, and all of the connections. Archery in Campiglia!
    meraviglioso.

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  5. Joy Huffines

    How wonderful! I loved looking at the costumes, and realized that some very dedicated people spent hours and hours preparing for this event every year. Our thanks to them and their talent, and for sharing it with us through your spectacular pictures. Grazie.

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  6. CeciliaBelenardo

    I loved that these people carry on their traditions.They are champions! Very interesting information,enjoyed it very much.

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  7. Great to read this the day after returning home from a wonderful break in Campiglia. Thank you for the article and everything else Pat. x

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  8. Marianna Raccuglia

    So interesting! Wish I had been there to watch all these wonderful archers.

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