Lonely Planet Writer

Tuscan town to host the first Quidditch European Championships

The town of Sarteano, near Siena in Tuscany, is to become a ‘mini Hogwarts’ this weekend, as it hosts the inaugural European Championships of Quidditch, a game made famous by JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

Sarteano, Tuscany.
Sarteano, Tuscany. Image by Dennis Kleine / CC BY-SA 2.0

Although they are unable to fly like the wizards in the book, the players must hold a broomstick between their legs at all times as they attempt to score goals and catch the ‘snitch’ (a tennis ball in a sock suspended between a player’s legs). Invented in Vermont in 2005, the real-life version of the game has around 100,000 players worldwide and the Tuscan tournament will feature 12 international teams. Read more: telegraph.co.uk