So every year at the end of May, Ferrara holds a Palio, which is basically a horse race around a circle (the most famous is in Siena).  It is something that comes from the ancient ages and, in Ferrara, also includes people role-playing the royal court and the various families.  There was a parade of the costumes for the families the other week, and a little “show” that was held as well.  I got to see several medieval dances, an actual sword fight! (of course it was choreographed but it was with real, knight swords – it was so cool!), and the sbandieratori (flag throwers) also performed.  It was extremely exciting.  My host sister is involved with the court – she is in the last picture (in the rich blue dress).  (taken 19.4.2015)