This lovely little castle in the middle of the countryside near Padua, is a little time machine, where people can eat medieval food, learn how stuff was done without electricity, watch a battle which took place 800 years ago and see the castle set on fire.
Every year people living around the sweet Colli Euganei, in the Padua countryside, gather in the area of the castle the last weekend of July to revive the event. The fairy-tail forest around the castello looks like it was 800 years ago, with people in ancient costumes baking bread in stone ovens, soldiers in armours preparing for the battle, women cooking traditional food and brewers serving beer or wine.
At the exclusive supper inside the castle, open to 50 people only (I was lucky enough to be invited ;)) were served medieval traditional dishes and entertainment. It was a great chance to see and taste what rich people ate back then. Poor people, well… they did not eat at all.
- Fruit with ricotta cheese and honey on black bread
- Ravioli stuffed with mint and cheese
- Barley with black olives
- Quail stuffed with almonds and dry prunes
- Boar stew served on platter made of white bread with dry fruits
- biscuits with sweet white wine
The menu was arranged to keep the original recipes and there was no fork or towels, because they did not exist back then. We had to eat with hands and a wooden spoon and clean hands on the table cloth. Terracotta plates and cups gave the wine a unique taste and kept it cool on a really warm Italian evening.
Our hosts dressed in traditional clothes, speaking a vernacular ancient Italian. They were very entertaining, and introduced shows typical of the middle ages like knight fighting with real iron swords (that was scary!), fire eaters, jugglers and the famous “sbandieratori”, the flag-wavers who traditionally warmed up the troopers before going to battle.