The tournament is held in Piazza Grande, the heart of the city and one of the shooting locations of the Oscar-winning Life is beautiful by Roberto Benigni.
The rules have remained virtually unchanged since the 17th century.
The four neighborhoods in which the city is divided - each one represented by two knights wearing the quarter’s colors - compete to win the Golden Lance.
When it’s their turn, the jouster gallops across the sloping track in Piazza Grande and charge a dummy (called buratto) representing a Saracen that holds a flail and a shield divided into nine sections. Each section grants from 1 to 5 points when hit. After being struck, the dummy spins around - the knight must avoid the balls of the whip!