Every year, a particular type of race is held in Assisi which draws on a medieval tradition. At that time, the entire city was surrounded by fortified walls and had eight entrances secured by large wooden doors. Every night, guards would close each door to secure the city.
The current race, “la Marcia delle 8 Porte,” is an homage to this tradition where the runners mark each entryway before reaching the finish line. The winners receive prizes, live music is played, and food served at the small festival.
#ARTMOMENT: An interpretation of Italian culture and history through the mind of an American.