“Il Balestro del Girifalco” of Massa Marittima is held twice a year.
The 4th Sunday of May is in honor of San Bernardino degli Albizzeschi (co-patron of Massa Marittima),
while that of August 14th recalls the establishment of the Free Commune which took place on July 31st 1225.
The race is preceded by a historical procession of over 150 people, meticulously cared for, in the clothes and instruments challenged by crossbowmen and figures.
The evocative group that descends from the upper town to the center includes musicians, sign holders, ladies of every third party and the 24 shooters.
At the end of the parade, the now-famous group of Sbandieratori of Massa Marittima in Italy, performs in high-impact vaults and choreographies.
Then the competition between the Crossbowmen begins:
the arrow of the one who hits the target corner closest to the center gives his third part the victory represented by the coveted hand-painted silk cloth called “palio”.