FALCONER FOR A DAY
FRIDAY 8.07, 29.07, 5/08, 26/08
For the falconer the practice of art, in its purest sense is not a pastime but a lifestyle: "The falconer does not neglect art and technical exercise, but is passionate and persevered in it so that, even when he becomes old, he does not devote less to this art because everything will proceed from that love that he will have towards it".
(De arte venandi cum avibus)
Falconry, hunting art, has a very ancient history. Both in Mesopotamia and in ancient China, we have evidence of hunting using a hawk. Important commercial links facilitated its diffusion on several routes: the Arab world, Kazakhstan, Russia, and from here up to Czechoslovakia, Austria, Germany, Italy, France and Spain.
Europe is reached above all with the Germanic migrations just before the end of the 4th century BC.
It was during the Middle Ages that falconry reached its maximum diffusion, so much so that it was practiced by some rulers, such as Charlemagne, who often cites it in his capitularies, as well as Henry I of Germany, called the Fowler, for his hunting passion.
During the thirteenth century, in particular at the court of Frederick II, in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, falconry became a real science. Today it is practiced more as a hobby than as a hunting sport. For a day experience the emotion of a centuries-old tradition and let yourself be lulled by an ancient medieval dream.
Meeting point at 10.00 am at Ciampedie
In case of rain, the event will take place at the tent events in Vigo di Fassa.