Pisa is famous for its exhibitions that take place in historical places such as Palazzo Blu and Palazzo Lanfranchi both on the Lungarno. However, the town is famous for the “June Pisano” a series of events related to the patron saint of the city San Ranieri. Known and eagerly awaited not only by the inhabitants of the city of the Leaning Tower, but also by tourists and citizens of neighboring towns who come to Pisa every year to attend or attend the famous events among these, the most awaited are the Luminara di San Ranieri, the Regata and the famous “Gioco del Ponte”.
THE LUMINARIA On June 16th, the eve of the patron saint’s day, after sunset, the city lights up with over 70,000 candles and candles placed on the cornices and windows of the buildings along the Arno river. These, reflecting on the calm stream, give life to a truly impressive spectacle of light and color. While not exactly in the central Piazza dei Miracoli also lights up with truly unique light effects.
On the afternoon of June 17, instead, the patron saint celebrations move along the Arno, where the four districts of the city perform a sporting challenge with oars, in honor of the ancient nautical tradition of the city. However it is not only a nautical challenge, in fact, the victory is not determined by the first ship that docks but rather, once docked, a crew member must climb up a pole and take a flag with the color of his ward.
THE GAME OF THE BRIDGE
Another event deeply rooted in the local tradition, which usually takes place on the last Saturday of June is the “Gioco del Ponte”, the event where the game takes place is the Ponte di Mezzo. Here, the districts of the city divided into two teams battle for each other by pushing a trolley mounted on special tracks towards the opposite side. The challenge is experienced in a very agonistic way by the whole city, both by those who actively participate in the competition, and by those who only attend them, also because, despite being held over a single evening, the preparations involve everyone, nobody or few excluded, and last about the entire year.
The challenge, in fact, is preceded by a parade in historical costumes composed of over 700 participants, dressed in typical 16th-century Spanish clothes.
La sfida, infatti, viene preceduta da una sfilata in costumi storici composta da oltre 700 figuranti, vestiti con abiti tipici del 16° secolo spagnolo.