The association “The Knights of Santa Fina” was founded in 1993 with the aim of proposing to the city of San Gimignano ancient events of its medieval history. His name honors Fina dei Ciardi, the young girl who died in the odor of sanctity on 12 March 1253 and became co-patron of San Gimignano.
Every year, San Gimignano commemorates the traditional Ferie Messum, a fertility festival which dates back to 1255. At that time, the whole population took part in the event in which the four “Contrade” (neighborhoods) of the city – San Giovanni, San Matteo, Castello and Piazza – compete against each other in traditional games in honor of fertility. They hoped to obtain abundant harvests through singing, dancing and playing medieval games such as tug of war, archery and the “Giostra dei Bastioni” where the knights competed against each other armed with sticks.
Today, the event takes place on the third weekend of June starting on Friday night, and continuing through Saturday evening and all day Sunday. During these hours, the town takes a step back in time offering a typical medieval and fun atmosphere, recalling the ancient scents and traditions of the time that is sure to please history buffs as well as the common folk