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Joust of the Chiaramonte

Since 1996, the year of the "7 centenary of the Birth of the County", the Municipality of Modica, to revive a tradition documented in the seventeenth century and referring to the tournaments played by noble knights in honor of the Madonna delle Grazie, announces and organizes in the period of August a skill contest between knights representing both the eight City Quarters and the County towns

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Intangible Heritage Register

N. Prog. 39
Well: Joust of the Chiaramonte
Book: REI - Book of celebrations
Approval date: 08-05-2006
Category: Performance / Entertainment
Province: Ragusa 
Municipality: Modica
 
Chronological News
The Giostra dei Chiaramonte is a historical re-enactment of the celebrations held in the County of Modica in 1315 on the occasion of the marriage between Francesco I Ventimiglia, count of Geraci, and Costanza Chiaramonte, countess of Modica, daughter of Manfredi I Chiaramonte.
The event takes place since 1996, the year of the VII centenary of the birth of the County, on this occasion the Municipality of Modica decided to organize, in August, a skill competition between knights representing both the eight districts of the city that of the cities of the County, to revive a tradition documented in the seventeenth century and referring to the tournaments played by noble knights in a space, called "Campo di Marte", or the large space that is currently the churchyard of the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie.
Recurrence: Annual
Date: Month of August
 
Function: Celebratory
Actors: Knights participating in the Joust, representing of the eight districts and cities once falling within the territory of the former County of Modica.
Participants in the historical parade.
Participants: Local community, tourists
Description
The Giostra dei Chiaramonte is a historical re-enactment, considered like many other knightly events that are disputed with more or less similar characteristics in hundreds of Italian cities, which boast a remarkable history in medieval times. It is a competition of skill and dexterity where knights representing the eight districts compete for the "Palio dei Quartieri" and other knights representing cities once falling within the territory of the former County of Modica to compete in the "Palio della Contea".
Before the joust takes place, there is a historical procession in which numerous figures take part, dressed in period costumes, which parade following the Count and Countess of Modica along some of the most characteristic streets of the ancient County.
Immediately before the joust begins, the representation of the marriage between Count Francesco I Ventimiglia, Count of Geraci, and Costanza Chiaramonte, Countess of Modica, daughter of Manfredi I Chiaramonte, takes place with delivery of the keys to the city by Manfredi I. The event takes place in front of the Cathedral of San Giorgio, which with its splendid facade represented an appropriate setting during the presentation of the rulers to the public. The carousel takes place immediately afterwards: the winner will win both a cash prize and the carousel prize.
References
Melfi, Corrado. 1913. The Chiaramonte family. Counts of Modica. Rome: Tip. Union Ed.
 
Morando, Gianni. 2000. Medieval Chiaramonte and the Modica County. Palermo: Flaccovio Editions.
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 Author Profile: Maria Rosaria Paterno '
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