Paola Giacomini is the protagonist of an incredible journey, from Kharakorin, ancient capital of Mongolia, to Krakow, 8000 kilometers alone with her two horses, to carry an arrow as a symbol of peace…
In the 13th century, the Mongol invasion of Europe involved, among others, the city of Krakow. In 1241, in particular, a Mongolian arrow struck a trumpeter in the polish city who, noticing the dust raised by the incoming Mongolian hordes, desperately tried to alert his fellow citizens: wounded to the throat, he repeated several times the Anthem to Our Lady that was played normally at every opening and closing of the gates of the city, thus attracting their attention and allowing them to prepare for the assault, which they resisted.
The precise Mongolian arrow had broken his ‘voice’ forever: however, since then, every day, a trumpeter (today of the local fire department) repeats the same anthem and breaks as then on the last note played eight centuries ago.
Paola wanted to bring back another arrow to Krakow, to mend that ancient wound. After receiving it in the city of Kharakorin, she crossed the steppes and plains of Russia and Kazakhstan with her faithful companions Tgegheré and Custode, retracing the footsteps of the ancient Mongol armies. A journey that lasted 18 months, with unimaginable hardness and danger.
At her side, ideally, Vittorio Rabboni, a dear friend who, in light of his well-known love for horses and equestrian “trekking”, provided Paola with the resources to complete this incredible adventure. Paola, before returning to her native Turin, wanted to stop in Cacciola, at the facilities of Rabboni Performance Horses, to embrace Vittorio and thank him for all the help received