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Partita a Scacchi

Partita a Scacchi Review

A human-scale chess game known as Partita a Scacchi is acted out by players in medieval costume on the second weekend in September in even-number years. The game dates from 1454 and originated as a peaceful way of settling a love dispute for the hand of the daughter of the Lord of Marostica Castle. The orders are still given in the local Veneto dialect. A game is presented on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings as well as Sunday afternoon. If you book an evening show and do not have a hotel reservation in Marostica, be sure you have a way of getting back afterward. Buses do not run late in the evening, and taxis, if you can find one, may hike up their prices. Tickets go on sale in February; the tourist office can help with bookings.

Updated: 11-11-2013

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