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Tournament of Niballo

The Niballo is one of the oldest and best-known medieval jousting that takes place every year on the 4th Sunday in June at the Stadium “Bruno Neri” The challenge iinvolves the knights of the 5 historic districts in Faenza: White (Borgo Durbecco), Yellow (Porta Ponte), Black (Porta Ravegnana), Red (Porta  Imola), Green (Porta Montanara.) The tournament is a horse race at gallop during which knights must hit with a spear the target  placed at the end of the two arms of a puppet called Niballo.

The first official news of the Niballo Tournament dates back to February 13, 1596. Some documents confirm that this competition was held until 1796. The first edition of the Tournament  in its modern version, was held  on Sunday, June 28, 1959, the eve of the patronal feast of St. Peter.

This historical festival is taking place every 4th Sunday of June in Faenza, Emilia Romagna, Italy and is suitable for people of all ages.


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The public has free acess to the rehearsal s of the tournament  that are held during the days before the event.  The tournament is preceded by a historical pageant in which  take part  more than 400 participants representing the five districts  of Faenza.

For more information, please visit

Tourist Information Center:
I.A.T. Faenza – Voltone della Molinella, 2 – Faenza
Phone: +39 0546 25231