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Matildic Parade. Quattro Castella makes history

Historic parade in traditional old costumes. 57th Edition.

May 26-28, 2023

The event takes place In the town centre and at the Bianello Castle, via Bianello.

Every year Quattro Castella celebrates an important episode in the European history that took place at Bianello between May 6 and 11, 1111; Emperor Henry V, son of Henry IV who obtained in January 1077 the famous pardon of Canossa from Pope Gregory VII through the mediation of Countess Matilda, came to Bianello and appointed Countess Matilda as Vice-Queen of Italy.

Donizone, writer of that time, remarks that this was the first step toward the Agreements of Worms (1122); the ceremony took place on the church square near the area where the current event takes place.

The Matildic Historic Parade takes its name from the final parade of over 1,000 extras dressed in vintage dresses in the streets of Quattro Castella. The show consists of the theatrical re-enactment of the historical episode, with Matilda and Henry V usually interpreted by well-known figures of entertainment, culture and sport.


Parades and performances by flag-wavers and musicians.

Quintana dell'Anello: game of skill for knights. Participants must be able to thread rings with the spear during the ride.

Gran Passo d'Armi, known as "Bridge Game" or Bridge Fight": two teams made up of 7 wrestlers face off in a duel on a wooden bridge. The team that can drop all the members of the opposing team off the bridge wins.

May 28: Medieval Dinner.

May 27: taverns, markets, shows, guided tours.

May 28: Matildic Historic Parade.


May 26: 8.30 - 11.00 p.m.
May 27: 3.00 - 11.00 p.m.
May 28: 9.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m. Matildic Historical Parade - 6.00 p.m.


Euros 5.00; free entrance for children under 12.


Municipality of Quattro Castella

Piazza Dante, 1 42020 Quattro Castella (RE)

Associazione Comitato Matildico

Via Prampolini, 49 42020 Quattro Castella (RE)

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