The Ring Race of Narni

The Ring Race of Narni


Corsa all’Anello is held in honour of Saint Giovenale, Narni’s first Bishop.

The competition was first held in 1371, and was held annually until the early years of the seventeenth century. It was revived in 1968 and respects all of the  historic traditions.

The race is a competition of skill between the young men from the town’s three ancient districts, or “Terzieri” (Fra Porta, Mezule and Santa Maria).
Galloping on horseback and dressed in historical costume, the ‘knights’ aim their lances at the centre a suspended ring.

The Ring Race of Narni

The tournament itself, on the second Sunday in May, is at the heart of two weeks – of excitement and celebrations, during which the whole town dresses up and returns to the 14th century.

On the evening before the race, a large procession of figures in historical costume winds its way through the torch-lit streets decked with flags.
For the period of the festival, Hostarie (taverns) are opened and serve traditional medieval fare

Directions to the Narni Ring Race from Casa Rosa

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