The tiny town of Pontelandolfo is notable for an unusual tournament known as the Ruzzola del Formaggio (here and here) that takes place during Carnevale. Ruzzolare means to tumble, and what is tumbled here are large forms of cheese!
A long time ago in the Middle Ages, the wealthy Baron of Pontelandolfo had a passion for gambling and would find any pretext for a good game as long as it was loaded with substantial stakes.
On the last Sunday of Carnevale he was having a late-night card game with his farmhand Pasquale: it was a tense competition with victory often changing sides. Dawn saw Pasquale the victor, who won extensive pastures and two farms.
Taking no notice of the change of ownership, the Baron allowed his cows to continue grazing on what had become Pasquale’s land. Pasquale protested to the Baron saying, “If I’m feeding your cows, I should be entitled to a share of the cheese from their milk!”
The townsfolk of Pontelandolfo could now look forward to a good, heated battle between the two factions. The farmer, furious but clever and not wanting to foment turmoil, challenged his opponent by saying, “What began as a game should be resolved with one: I shall wait for you tomorrow in the square!”
The following morning, surrounded by a shouting crowd, the two men started what was to be a decisive cheese-tumbling tournament. According to the legend the game never ended and it is said that their ghosts appear in the nights of Carnevale, still playing!