Montecchio is a village in Tuscany on the road between Castiglion Fiorentino and Cortona. As a village, you’d drive through it without noticing it, but up on a hill behind is a medieval castle that opens its doors once a year in September for a medieval pageant lasting two days. It’s a very local affair, attracting people from all over the surrounding area. As well as the main players such as members of the procession, knights, maidens, flag throwers, trumpters etc, there are stall-holders also dressed up in medieval costume preparing traditional doughs as well as the ubiquitous pastas.
This beautiful maiden was part of the main procession that wound its way up from outside the castle and through the grounds, passing trumpeters blowing fanfares, and culminating in a formal ceremony prior to jousts and flag throwing. The wonderful thing about Tuscany is that when the people dress up in the costumes of 500 years ago, they are look like they have stepped out of a renaissance fresco – all the facial features are there.

Canon 1DMkII with Canon 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 190mm; ISO 200 f4.5 1/500

Uploaded 21 November 2009
Number of views on 20 May 2011: 161

Montecchio Pageant 1

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Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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  • itsallgoodamanda
    itsallgoodamandaabout 5 years ago

    Isn’t she a darling ! nice pic too

  • Thanks very much Amanda – unfortunately I failed to get her phone number!

    – David Clarke

  • Olga Zvereva
    Olga Zverevaabout 5 years ago

    She is beautiful… Great image, David.

  • You’re right, Olga, she’s stunning. Thanks very much for your comment:))

    – David Clarke

  • coseven
    cosevenabout 5 years ago

    very nice, david … ;-)

  • Thanks very much, Corinna, good to hear from you:))

    – David Clarke

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 5 years ago

    Lovely portrait, well captured

  • Many thanks, Robert.

    – David Clarke

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliabout 5 years ago

    OMG! Such a beauty! Such a shot! WOW! PS:Hope U are doing fine! ;-) Daniela

  • Grazie, Daniela!! She was a very pretty girl!! I’m good – currently in Phuket for 3 months – Mali and her folks arrive next week – can’t wait!!

    – David Clarke

    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thanks very much, Justart:))

    – David Clarke

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...about 5 years ago

  • Ti ringrazio molto, Luisa!! I’m delighted!!:))

    – David Clarke

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...almost 5 years ago

    You might consider adding this to our Buone Feste challenge……… I think it would make a great entry!! -Luisa

  • Thanks Luisa, I’ve found one I prefer for this challenge and entered it already Hope you like it! :))

    – David Clarke

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarellialmost 5 years ago

    Just Featured in “I LOVE ITALY” Group – “ITALIAN PEOPLE” Series

  • Grazie mille, Daniela!!

    – David Clarke

  • MaluC
    MaluCalmost 5 years ago

    Great portrait. Congrats on your feature!

  • Many thanks, Malu:))

    – David Clarke

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