Local Tradition


  • Ancient tradition celebrates the arrival of spring
  • Medieval costumes, parades, and performances
  • First Thursday to Saturday of May
  • Medieval games, parades, and songs
Stage 14: Valfabbrica to Assisi
06081, Province of Perugia, Italy

First Thursday to Saturday of May

Admission Fees:



Calendimaggio is a lively, annual event that takes place in the enchanting town of Assisi, Italy. Celebrating the arrival of spring, this unique festival immerses attendees in the region’s rich medieval history through a series of engaging activities.

The town is divided into two parts—Magnifica Parte de Sotto (Magnificent Lower Part) and Nobilissima Parte de Sopra (Noble Upper Part)—which compete against each other in various events, including medieval costume parades, reenactments of medieval life, and musical performances.

A jury of internationally renowned experts selects the winner for each edition. This multi-day event offers something for everyone, with a festive atmosphere and a focus on the traditions and customs of the past.

Event Schedule

Day 1: Blessing of banners, key handover, Palio restitution, challenge reading

Day 2: Medieval games, Madonna Primavera election

Day 3: Tambourine challenge, night parades

Day 4: Daytime parades, singing challenge, Palio assignment


Calendimaggio has deep roots that can be traced back to ancient pagan customs celebrating the return of spring and the renewal of life.

These customs were practiced by various ancient populations, including the Celts, Etruscans, Ligures, and Ancient Umbrians.

In the 14th century, Assisi was divided into two parts: the Guelph-supporting Parte de Sotto, which belonged to the Fiumi family, and the Ghibelline-supporting Parte de Sopra, which belonged to the Nepis family.

The tradition of celebrating spring persisted despite this division, and it was later revitalized in 1927 by Mayor Arnaldo Fortini. Today, Calendimaggio offers a unique opportunity to experience the authentic medieval history and culture of Assisi.