They are the oldest military-type formation in the Republic. As far back as the 14th century, in fact, there is evidence of the presence of a corps of crossbowmen whose task was to defend the city walls and public order.
Since 1965 the crossbowmen have been training in the Crossbowmen’s Quarry, and the following year, 1966, the San Marino Crossbowmen’s Federation was born, which is part of the Italian Crossbowmen’s Federation along with the famous formations of Gubbio, San Sepolcro, Massa Marittima and Lucca.
Today, the Crossbowmen are part of a strong folkloric tradition that lives again not only in San Marino but is also recognized beyond the borders, thanks to the numerous titles and awards obtained.
Currently, the Crossbowmen’s Corps has over 70 full members, who perform each year in numerous competitions and demonstrations both in San Marino and abroad. Their folkloric activities are also supported by a group of flag-wavers. Also part of the San Marino Crossbowmen’s Federation are the Musicians (drums and clarions that accompany the procession or competitions), the Historical Procession (two banner-bearers, the sign-bearers of the Castles, notables and ladies) and the Master Craftsmen (the makers of crossbows).
More information can be found on the official website of the Federation at www.federazionebalestrieri.sm