Volo del CiucoFrom 5 to 20 June 2022

Empoli, Piazza Farinata degli Uberti

The traditional festival of the Flight of the Donkey has taken place for over 5 centuries in the suggestive frame of piazza Farinata degli Uberti, to commemorate the celebrations of the Empoli townspeople following the legendary “conquest of San Miniato”, which took place with an army of foot soldiers and goats. The historic procession with the donkey, townsfolk from Empoli, Pontorme and Monterappoli, together with drummers from the Saint Andrea Company and the flag carriers of Cerreto Guidi and the drummers of Carmignano,  takes place the day before the Feast of Corpus Christi.

To note: in 1861 the festival, which was to include the “flight” of a real live donkey, was forbidden by law due to the extreme cruelty inflicted on the animal.

The celebrations were only reinstated in 1981, substituting the donkey with a dummy.