|Ancient wall around the square in Marostica|
This interesting event began when members of the local chess club who played chess in the main square decided to play a game using people as the gamepieces. After World War II, the comedy writer Vucetich Mirko wrote a play in which, "Two noblemen, Renaldo D'Anganaro and Vieri da Vallanora, fell in love with the beautiful Lionora, a daughter of Taddeo Parisio, the local lord. The custom of that time was to challenge each other to a duel. Which is what the men did to win the hand of Lionora. The Lord of Marostica, not wanting to make an enemy of either suitor or lose either in a duel, prohibited the duel. He decreed the suitors would play a game of chess. The victor would win the hand of his daughter, Lionora. The loser would marry his younger daughter, Oldrada.
According to Wikipedia:
During the play the game takes place on the square in front of the Lower Castle with supporters carrying the noble ensigns of Whites and Blacks, in the presence of the Lord, his noble daughter, the Lords of Angarano and Vallonara, the court and the entire town population. The Lord also decides the challenge would be honoured by an exhibition of armed men, foot-soldiers and knights, with fireworks and dances and music". Needless to say, this literary account has nothing to do with factual history and the chess square in the city was built after the Second World War and after the writing of Vucetich's play. This fictional story is now re-enacted in the main square of Marostica every second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of September of even-numbered years. The orders are still given to the cast today in the local Language (Venetian) of the "Most Serene Republic of Venice".
Here is a short video of the beginning of the Chess Game.
|Walked along the route to the square. Beautiful homes with ivy covered fences and lush bushes. Grandson walked with me most of the way. :)|
|Gate into the square. Another arch!|
|Knocker on gate of a house along the path to the square|
|Giant Chess Board in the Square|
|Me and hubby in Marostica square|
|Castle with chess board in center|
|Castle on hill with walls following sides of mountain|
Wouldn't this place be a wonderful setting for a romance novel?