Would the governator like this

Barbarian warriors patrolling the streets of Castel Rigone

Barbarian warriors patrolling the streets of Castel Rigone

It happens every summer during the first days of August in a little mountain village in Italy…

Normally peaceful villagers take up swords, shields and battleaxes…

They dress in fur tunics and helmets decorated with big cow horns and celebrate the

“Invasion of the Barbarians”,     “La Calata degli Barbari”

Look-alikes of Conan are populating the street hoarse shouts and ringing of steel on steel can be heard everywhere

Warriors on battle horses are parading in the street hailing their captain.

Of course there´s a campsite, wagons, tents, campfires with big cauldrons of barbarian food…

We are at Castel Rigone in Umbria at the Lago Trasimeno, not far from the place where the Romans were utterly defeated by Hannibal.

The special thing about Castel Rigone however is that it is no Roman or Etruscan foundation as you might expect in this part of the world…

Indeed Castel Rigone has been founded by Arrigo Rigone (who gave castle and town its name) a lieutenant of the Ostrogoth king Theoderich.

In remembrance of that historic eventthe only one in Italy so far the inhabitants of Castel Rigone are celebrating the “Invasion of the Barbarians” and visitors come from far to participate or simply watch the spectacle.

Oh, and of course we think the governator might like it.

Arrival of the Barbarians

Arrival of the Barbarians

P.S. As we are in Italy the “barbarian” women of the village never deign themselves to wear stinky old fur. A certain style must be maintained of course. And thus our barbarian ladies definitely prefer silk and jewels.

Italian "barbarian" ladies prefer silk and jewels

Italian "barbarian" ladies prefer silk and jewels

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