All Religious Feasts

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    Festa della Madonna della Salute 2022

    Date: 21 November 2022

    Festa della Madonna della Salute 2022 will take place on Monday, November 21, 2022, in Venice. Festa della Madonna della Salute, commonly known as Festa della Salute, is a religious celebration taking place every year on the day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on November 21, in Venice. The feast, dedicated in particular to the locals and less known by tourists, has a strong religious character, taking the form of a pilgrimage which starts from the San Marco sestiere, from the Church of Santa Maria del Giglio, and ends in Dorsoduro, at the Church of Santa Maria della Salute, crossing the Grand Canal on a votive bridge specially built for this occasion.   SHORT HISTORY Festa della Salute, like many local holidays, commemorates a painful moment in the history of Venice – the bubonic plague epidemic of 1630-1631. The disease was brought from Mantua in June 1630, and spread rapidly throughout the city, killing almost 50,000 Venetians in about a year. In the autumn of 1630, the Venetians organized a three-day procession involving more than 10,000 people, during which Nicolò Contarini, the Doge of Venice, invoked the help of the Virgin Mary and made a solemn vow Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Lucia 2022 - 13 December 2022

    Date: 13 December 2022

    Festa di Santa Lucia 2022 will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, in Syracuse. The octave of the feast will take place on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. Saint Lucia, the patron saint of Syracuse, is celebrated on two occasions. The feast in December commemorates the martyrdom of the saint, while the Feast of Saint Lucia of the Quails (Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie), held on the first two consecutive Sundays in May, recalls the miracle occured in 1646, when the city passed through a serious famine. Lucia of Syracuse was a martyr who died during the time of the Roman Emperor Diocletian and his persecution of Christians. She is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Orthodox churches.   CALENDAR OF EVENTS On Tuesday, December 13, around 3.30 pm, the statue of the Saint will be carried in slow procession from the Cathedral of Syracuse, located on the island of Ortygia, in Piazza Duomo, to the Church of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro, located on the mainland, about 2 kilometers away. The procession will be followed by an 18th-century carriage, with costumed characters in the 18th century style. Many people, holding candles, will make the Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Lucia 2022 - 20 December 2022

    Date: 20 December 2022

    Festa di Santa Lucia 2022 will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, in Syracuse. The octave of the feast will take place on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. Saint Lucia, the patron saint of Syracuse, is celebrated on two occasions. The feast in December commemorates the martyrdom of the saint, while the Feast of Saint Lucia of the Quails (Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie), held on the first two consecutive Sundays in May, recalls the miracle occured in 1646, when the city passed through a serious famine. Lucia of Syracuse was a martyr who died during the time of the Roman Emperor Diocletian and his persecution of Christians. She is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Orthodox churches.   CALENDAR OF EVENTS On Tuesday, December 13, around 3.30 pm, the statue of the Saint will be carried in slow procession from the Cathedral of Syracuse, located on the island of Ortygia, in Piazza Duomo, to the Church of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro, located on the mainland, about 2 kilometers away. The procession will be followed by an 18th-century carriage, with costumed characters in the 18th century style. Many people, holding candles, will make the Read more [...]

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    Cavalcata dei Magi 2023

    Date: 6 January 2023

    Cavalcata dei Magi 2023 will take place on Friday, January 6, 2023, in the beautiful city of Florence. The Cavalcade of the Magi is a religious tradition that recreates the pilgrimage of the three Wise Men for the birth of Jesus, which takes place every year on January 6, on the occasion of the Epiphany. Epiphany is the feast that celebrates the revelation of the Incarnation of God as Jesus Christ, and the visit of the Magi to the Child.   SHORT HISTORY The Cavalcade of the Magi already existed as a tradition in the 15th century, when a company of laymen known as the Holy Magi Kings (Santi Re Magi) organized a festive procession through the streets of Florence. Initially, the procession was held every three years and, starting with 1447, every five years. The cavalcade comprised of three groups of people, who met in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and marched together to the Basilica of San Marco, where they sang hymns and prayers dedicated to Christ. The Medici were also members of this organization, which was prohibited after their exile from Florence, in 1494. In the following centuries, the celebration underwent many changes Read more [...]

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    Festa di Sant’Agata 2023

    Date: 3 February 2023 - 5 February 2023

    Festa di Sant’Agata 2023 will take place between 3 and 5 February, 2023, in Catania. The celebration is dedicated to Saint Agatha, the patron saint of the city, who was martyred in the year 251 AD, during the persecution of the Roman Emperor Decius. The saint is celebrated in Catania twice a year – the feast held in February commemorates the martyrdom of the Saint, while the Summer Feast of Saint Agatha, held on August 17, celebrates the return of her remains to Catania, after 86 years in which the relics were kept in Constantinople. In February, around one million people come from all over Sicily to attend the feast, which is comparable with the Holy Week in Seville, Spain, or the Feast of Corpus Domini in Cuzco, Peru. For three days, the city forgets about everyday things to focus on the celebration, a mixture of devotion and folklore.   SHORT HISTORY Born in Catania in 231, Agata consecrated her life to the Christian religion. At the age of 15, she made a vow of virginity and rejected the amorous proposals of the Roman prefect Quintianus, who tried numerous times to seduce her. After her refusal, Quintianus persecuted her as Read more [...]

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    Festa di San Corrado 2023 - 19 February 2023

    Date: 19 February 2023

    Festa di San Corrado 2023 will take place on Sunday, February 19, 2023, in the beautiful city of Noto. One of the most beautiful religious celebrations in Sicily, the Feast of Saint Conrad of Piacenza, patron saint of Noto, takes place twice a year, or if we count the octaves of the feast, four times a year. The feast held on February 19 recalls the death of Saint Conrad, while the one held in the last Sunday of August commemorates his beatification on August 28, 1515.   SHORT HISTORY Conrad of Piacenza, born Corrado Confalonieri, was an Italian hermit of the Third Order of Saint Francis, who lived between 1290 and 1351, and is now venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Around 1340, Conrad arrived in Noto and settled in a cave. He performed numerous miracles and when he died, on February 19, 1351, it is said that the bells of the town started ringing on their own.   CALENDAR OF EVENTS On February 19, the silver urn which contains the remains of the saint will be carried in procession through the streets of Noto, on the shoulders of the Bearers (Portatori). The urn will be preceded Read more [...]

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    Festa di San Corrado 2023 - 26 February 2023

    Date: 26 February 2023

    Festa di San Corrado 2023 will take place on Sunday, February 19, 2023, in the beautiful city of Noto. One of the most beautiful religious celebrations in Sicily, the Feast of Saint Conrad of Piacenza, patron saint of Noto, takes place twice a year, or if we count the octaves of the feast, four times a year. The feast held on February 19 recalls the death of Saint Conrad, while the one held in the last Sunday of August commemorates his beatification on August 28, 1515.   SHORT HISTORY Conrad of Piacenza, born Corrado Confalonieri, was an Italian hermit of the Third Order of Saint Francis, who lived between 1290 and 1351, and is now venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Around 1340, Conrad arrived in Noto and settled in a cave. He performed numerous miracles and when he died, on February 19, 1351, it is said that the bells of the town started ringing on their own.   CALENDAR OF EVENTS On February 19, the silver urn which contains the remains of the saint will be carried in procession through the streets of Noto, on the shoulders of the Bearers (Portatori). The urn will be preceded Read more [...]

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    Explosion of the Cart 2023

    Date: 9 April 2023

    The Explosion of the Cart 2023 (Scoppio del Carro 2023) will take place on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023, in Piazza del Duomo, in Florence.   SHORT HISTORY The ceremony dates back to 1099, when the First Crusade was launched to free the city of Jerusalem. According to legend, it was a soldier from Florence, Pazzino from the Pazzi family, who climbed first the walls of the Holy City, where he placed a Christian flag. For this act of valor, Godfrey of Bouillon, one of the leaders of the First Crusade, gave him three small pieces from the Holy Sepulcher. After the liberation of Jerusalem, on Saturday, the crusaders gathered in the Church of the Resurrection and, in devout prayer, gave everyone the blessed fire as a symbol of purification. Returning to Florence, Pazzino was celebrated and welcomed with solemn honors. From that moment on, every Saturday, the people of Florence used to go to the cathedral, lit a small torch and carried the purifying flame through the city. The fire was lit with the sparks made by the fragments of the Holy Sepulcher. In time, the carrying of the holy fire was made with a cart and, later, the Read more [...]

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    Festa di San Marco 2023

    Date: 25 April 2023

    Festa di San Marco 2023 will take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in the beautiful city of Venice. The Feast of Saint Mark is a religious celebration dedicated to Saint Mark the Evangelist, the patron saint of Venice, which is held every year on April 25.   SHORT HISTORY In the distant past, the Feast of Saint Mark was celebrated three times a year. The first date of the feast was January 31. According to legend, on this day, in the year 828, the body of Saint Mark was stolen from Alexandria, in Egypt, and brought to Venice by two Venetian merchants, with the help of a servant named Basilio. The second feast dedicated to Saint Mark took place on April 25, on the date of his death and martyrdom. The third day of celebration was June 25, in memory of the discovery of his relics, which, according to tradition, appeared inside a column during the Mass held for the consecration of the Basilica of San Marco, in 1094. The feast on April 25 is the only one remaining and still celebrated today. After the Second World War, the date of April 25 coincided with the anniversary of the Read more [...]

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    Festa di San Nicola 2023

    Date: 7 May 2023 - 9 May 2023

    Festa di San Nicola 2023 will take place between Sunday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in Bari. The Feast of Saint Nicholas is a religious celebration which takes place every year in May, in Bari, for three consecutive days. The feast is dedicated to Nicholas of Myra, also known as Nicholas of Bari, an early Christian bishop of Greek descent who lived between the years 270 and 343. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of children, and his habit of gift-giving gave rise to the tradition of Santa Claus, a character also known outside the Christian world. In Europe, he is celebrated on December 6, the day of his death.   SHORT HISTORY The relics of Saint Nicholas were originally located in the Greek city of Myra, in Lycia. After the city had fallen into Muslim hands, in the Western world arose the desire to bring them to safety. The relics were transported to Bari and Venice in the 11th century, following two separate robberies. The first translation was carried out by 66 sailors from Bari, including the priests Lupo and Grimoldo, who left with three ships. The remains of the Saint arrived in Bari on May 9, Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie 2023 - 7 May 2023

    Date: 7 May 2023

    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie 2023, also known as the Patronage of Saint Lucia, will take place on Sunday, May 7, in Syracuse. The octave of the feast will take place on the next Sunday, May 14. Saint Lucia, the patron saint of Syracuse, is celebrated twice a year. The Feast of Saint Lucia of the Quails recalls the miracle occured in 1646, while the feast held in December commemorates the martyrdom of the Saint. Lucia of Syracuse was a martyr who died during the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian and his persecution of Christians. She is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Orthodox churches.   SHORT HISTORY The May celebration recalls the miracle occured in 1646, when the city passed through a serious famine, and ships loaded with grain arrived in the harbour at the right moment, saving the city from calamity. According to legend, a quail, symbol of the Holy Spirit, flew inside the Cathedral to announce the miracle.   CALENDAR OF EVENTS On May 7, around 9.30 am, a historical parade with people in period costumes will start from the Santa Lucia Quay (Sbarcadero Santa Lucia), located in the Borgata Read more [...]

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    Festa di San Fortunato 2023

    Date: 13 May 2023

    Festa di San Fortunato 2023 will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2023, in the beautiful town of Camogli. On the next day, Sunday, Sagra del Pesce, a fish festival dedicated to the same saint, will be held. Festa di San Fortunato (Feast of Saint Fortunatus) is a religious event held every year in Camogli, on the second Saturday of May, in honor of San Fortunato (Saint Fortunatus), patron saint of fishermen and sailors.   SHORT HISTORY At the beginning of the 18th century, Camogli lived only on fishing, and the inhabitants spent long periods, between May and September, on the open sea. Often, they encountered bad weather, and for this they invoked the protection of the Madonna del Boschetto, one of the patron saints of the town. Therefore, was born the need for a saint dedicated to fishermen and sailors, so the parish priest of the time, father Pellegrino de Negri, asked Pope Clement XI to identify one. The pontiff pointed to an unnamed Roman legionary converted to Christianity, and killed in the arena by his own comrades. According to legend, in 1710, the sailors from Camogli left for Civitavecchia aboard a galley to bring the remains of the Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie 2023 - 14 May 2023

    Date: 14 May 2023

    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie 2023, also known as the Patronage of Saint Lucia, will take place on Sunday, May 7, in Syracuse. The octave of the feast will take place on the next Sunday, May 14. Saint Lucia, the patron saint of Syracuse, is celebrated twice a year. The Feast of Saint Lucia of the Quails recalls the miracle occured in 1646, while the feast held in December commemorates the martyrdom of the Saint. Lucia of Syracuse was a martyr who died during the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian and his persecution of Christians. She is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Orthodox churches.   SHORT HISTORY The May celebration recalls the miracle occured in 1646, when the city passed through a serious famine, and ships loaded with grain arrived in the harbour at the right moment, saving the city from calamity. According to legend, a quail, symbol of the Holy Spirit, flew inside the Cathedral to announce the miracle.   CALENDAR OF EVENTS On May 7, around 9.30 am, a historical parade with people in period costumes will start from the Santa Lucia Quay (Sbarcadero Santa Lucia), located in the Borgata Read more [...]

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    Festa della Sensa 2023

    Date: 20 May 2023 - 21 May 2023

    Festa della Sensa 2023 will take place on the weekend of May 20 and 21, 2023, in the beautiful city of Venice. The Feast of the Ascension is one of the most evocative Venetian traditions, which recalls important moments in the history of the Republic of Venice, through the ceremony of Marriage of the Sea (Sposalizio del Mare). On this occasion, various regattas are held in the Venetian Lagoon. The Ascension Day Feast is, without doubt, one of the most anticipated and appreciated events in the Venetian calendar, not only by locals, but also by tourists.   SHORT HISTORY Festa della Sensa was born on the day of the Ascension of Christ, to commemorate two very important moments in the history of Venice. The first event occurred on May 9, in the year 1000, when the Doge Pietro Orseolo defeated the Slavs who threatened Dalmatia, allowing Venice to become the absolute power of the Adriatic Sea. The second event recalls the peace treaty signed in Venice in 1177, between the Doge Sebastiano Ziani, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Alessandro III, which marked the end of a centuries-old conflict between the Empire and the Papacy. On this occasion, the Doge received Read more [...]

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    Pisan June 2023

    Date: 28 May 2023 - 6 July 2023

    Time: 12:00 am to 12:00 am

    The Pisan June 2023 (Giugno Pisano 2023) will take place during the month of June, 2023, in the beautiful city of Pisa. The Pisan June is a series of events that take place every year during the month of June, in Pisa. The climax of the festival is represented by the celebrations held in honor of San Ranieri (Saint Rainerius), the patron saint of the city, on June 17.   SHORT HISTORY Originally, Giugno Pisano included only the Luminara of Saint Rainerius, held on June 16, and the Palio of Saint Rainerius, held on the day of the saint, on June 17. In order to create a month of interesting events, the Battle of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte) was also moved to June, on the last Saturday of the month. Over time, many other events were initiated, more or less linked to the patron saint of Pisa. Noteworthy are the recovered traditions of Mazzascudo, which takes place every year on May 28, in Piazza dei Cavalieri, and the Marriage with the Sea, which is held at the beginning of July. Although placed on different months, the two events usually open and close the Pisan June. Once every four years, Read more [...]

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    Transit of Saint Anthony 2023

    Date: 12 June 2023

    The Transit of Saint Anthony 2023 will take place on Monday, June 12, 2023, in the beautiful city of Padua. The Transit of Saint Anthony (Transito di Sant’Antonio) is both a religious ceremony and a historical reenactment dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, held every year on June 12, in Padua, on the eve of the Feast of Saint Anthony, recalling his last moments on earth.   SHORT HISTORY Born in 1195 in Lisbon, Saint Anthony was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. He is known for his powerful preaching and for his devotion to the poor and sick. In 1231, at the age of 35, sick and aware of his approaching death, Saint Anthony asked to be taken from Camposampiero, a town located about 20 kilometers north of Padua, to his beloved city, where he wanted to be buried. He was taken to Padua in an ox-drawn cart, and once he arrived on the outskirts of the city, in a place called Arcella, his condition deteriorated and he was hospitalized at the Franciscan convent of Santa Maria de’ Cella. He died there peacefully on Friday, June 13, comforted by a vision of Jesus. Saint Anthony Read more [...]

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    Luminara di San Ranieri 2023

    Date: 16 June 2023

    Luminara di San Ranieri 2023 will take place on Friday, June 16, 2023, in Pisa, as part of the series of events entitled Pisan June 2023. Luminara of Saint Rainerius is a candlelight festival dedicated to the patron saint of the city. On this occasion, the city lights up with thousands of candles, creating an evocative and unique atmosphere that seems to bring the visitors back in time. Each year, approximately 100,000 candles placed on wooden frames outline the architectural forms of the palaces, bridges, churches and towers located on the banks of the Arno River. Later in the evening, many of the candles will be placed on the river water, between the Fortezza Bridge and the Citadella Bridge, creating an enchanting play of lights and reflections.   SHORT HISTORY The first official document attesting the tradition of illuminating the city of Pisa with oil lamps dates back to 1337. Before 1688, the feast was held on several occasions. Notable are the 1539 edition, in honor of Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and the wife of Grand Duke Ferdinando II, and the one of June 14, 1662, when the lights were set up in honor of Margherita Luisa, Read more [...]

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    Palio di San Ranieri 2023

    Date: 17 June 2023

    Palio di San Ranieri 2023 will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2023, in Pisa, as part of the series of events entitled Pisan June 2023. Palio of Saint Rainerius (San Ranieri), also known as the Regatta of Saint Rainerius, is actually a rowing race held every year on June 17, along the Arno River, in honor of the patron saint of Pisa.   SHORT HISTORY The first information about a regatta in Pisa dates back to the year 1292, when a palio was held in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. After the Battle of Lepanto of 1571, when the Order of Saint Stephen fought on water against the Ottomans and captured the pennant of the enemy, which is now kept in the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, the palio began to recall this event. Beginning with 1718, the palio was disputed on June 17, for the anniversary of Saint Rainerius.   THE PALIO Palio di San Ranieri is preceded by a historical procession. The palio is disputed among 4 crews representing the 4 historical districts of the city, two of Tramontana and two of Mezzogiorno – San Francesco (yellow boat), San Martino (red boat), Santa Read more [...]

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    Festa della Madonna della Bruna 2023

    Date: 2 July 2023

    Festa della Madonna della Bruna 2023 will take place on Sunday, July 2, 2023, in the beautiful city of Matera. The event, popularly known as Festa della Bruna, is a religious feast held every year since 1389, in honor of the Madonna della Bruna, the patron saint of Matera. The 2023 edition will be the 633 edition of the festival.   SHORT HISTORY The origins of the feast are lost in time. The custom, handed down from one generation to another, was enriched over time by countless variations. According to legend, a farmer, in his way to Matera, took a young lady in his cart. On the outskirts of the city, in the Piccianello district, she got off the cart and asked the peasant to tell the bishop of Matera that she was the Mother of Christ. When he heard that, the bishop, along with the clergy and the townspeople, rushed to welcome the Madonna, but they found a statue in her place. The statue of the Virgin was brought to the town on a decorated triumphal chariot. Today, the statue of the Madonna is located inside a reliquary in the city’s Cathedral. Until the 16th century, the feast was Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2023

    Date: 10 July 2023 - 15 July 2023

    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2023 will take place from Monday, July 10, to Saturday, July 15, 2023, in the beautiful city of Palermo. The religious feast, one of the most important in Sicily, was officially recognized as an intangible heritage of Italy by the Central Institute for Demo-Ethno-Anthropology (Istituto Centrale per la Demo-Etno-Antropologia). The feast is dedicated to Saint Rosalia, also called La Santuzza (Little Saint) or Rusulia (in Sicilian dialect), the patron saint of Palermo, and it commemorates the miraculous appearances of the Saint from 1624, when the city was hit by plague. Every year, the festival lasts six days, with the first three days being reserved for the preparation of the great procession held on the evening of July 14. The 2023 edition will be the 399 edition of the event.   SHORT HISTORY Santa Rosalia was born of a Norman noble family that claimed descent from Charlemagne. She lived in the last years of her life as a hermit in a cave on Mount Pellegrino, where she died alone in 1166. According to legend, in 1624, Emanuel Filibert of Savoy, the Viceroy of Sicily, who resided in the city, brought to the port of Palermo a ship Read more [...]

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    Festa del Redentore 2023

    Date: 15 July 2023 - 16 July 2023

    Festa del Redentore 2023 (Feast of the Redeemer 2023), one of the most important events in the Venetian calendar, will take place in the weekend of July 15-16, 2023, in Venice. Every year since 1577, when the city of Venice was liberated from a terrible plague, the Feast of the Redeemer is celebrated in the third weekend of July. At first, the feast was a purely religious event, but over the centuries profane elements were added to the religious manifestations, and today the celebration includes a party, a regatta, and one of the most impressive fireworks display in the world. The feast is also known as Festa Famosissima (Most Famous Feast).   SHORT HISTORY Between 1575 and 1577, a merciless plague killed about one-third of Venice’s population. The epidemic spread rapidly throughout the city and was difficult to control due to the precarious conditions in which the people lived.   INTERESTING FACT: One of the victims of the 1576 epidemic was the painter Titian (Tiziano Vecellio). He died on August 27, 1576, and was interred in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. The Doge Alvise I Mocenigo promised to build a grandiose church if the plague ended. On Read more [...]

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    Festa del Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione 2023

    Date: 2 August 2023 - 6 August 2023

    Festa del Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione 2023 will take place between Wednesday, August 2, and Sunday, August 6, 2023, in Cefalù. The Feast of the Most Holy Savior of the Transfiguration is a religious feast dedicated to the patron saint of Cefalù, which is held every year between August 2 and 6. During these five days, farmers, who have just finished the harvest, find themselves resting and rejoicing.   SHORT HISTORY The Transfiguration is a moment in the New Testament, when Christ and three of his apostles, Peter, James and John, go to a mountain, and the Son of God becomes radiant in glory, shining with bright rays of light. In the Eastern world, the festivity of the Transfiguration can be traced back to the 4th century, when Empress Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, built the Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, in Israel. In Sicily, the Transfiguration is celebrated starting with the 12th century, and is closely linked to the Rogerian period. Only in 1457, in gratitude for the victory obtained in Belgrade by the Christian army against Turkey, Pope Callistus III also established the feast of the Transfiguration in the Western Europe. The devotion of Read more [...]

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    Festa della Stella Maris 2023

    Date: 6 August 2023

    Festa della Stella Maris will take place on Sunday, August 6, 2023, in the beautiful town of Camogli. Festa della Stella Maris is a religious feast of light, held every year in Camogli, on the first Sunday of August. The feast is dedicated to the Star of the Sea (Stella Maris), the Madonna who protects the sailors during their journey at sea.   SHORT HISTORY The tradition was born in 1924, when Don Nicolò Lavarello, rector of the Church of San Nicolò di Capodimonte, thought of restoring the statue of the Madonna from the promontory of Punta Chiappa. A procession of boats was organized then, which, starting from the Port of Camogli, accompanied the statue of the Madonna to Punta Chiappa. However, the origins of the veneration of Stella Maris are much older, lost in the 15th century, when the fishermen of Camogli began to rely on the Madonna, so that their time spent at sea will be profitable and safe.   CALENDAR OF EVENTS In the morning of August 6, around 10.00 am, a procession of boats will depart from the Port of Camogli towards Punta Chiappa, located a few kilometers to the south, at the foot of the Read more [...]

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    Festa della Madonna Bianca 2023

    Date: 17 August 2023

    Festa della Madonna Bianca 2023 will take place on Thursday, August 17, 2023, in the beautiful town of Portovenere. Festa della Madonna Bianca (Feast of the White Madonna) is a religious feast which takes place every year on August 17, in Portovenere, in honor of the White Madonna, the patron saint of the town.   SHORT HISTORY The Feast of the White Madonna recalls the miracle of 1399, when, according to legend, during the French occupation, the seaside village of Portovenere was struck by plague. The tradition states that on August 16, 1399, a villager named Luciardo, while praying in front of the image depicting the Virgin Mary, a discolored parchment drawn by pen, saw the painting suddenly coloured. Once the plague was over, the miracle was attributed to the Virgin Mary, the painting was transported to the Church of San Lorenzo, and the cult of the White Madonna was initiated. It is said that the sacred painting of the Virgin Mary was washed ashore in Portovenere in 1204, enclosed in a cedar trunk. During those times, ships returning from the Holy Land had trunks on board, in which were stored precious objects, which were sealed and thrown into the Read more [...]

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    Festa della Rificolona 2023

    Date: 7 September 2023

    Festa della Rificolona 2023 will take place on Thursday, September 7, 2023, in the beautiful city of Florence. Festa della Rificolona (Festival of the Paper Lanterns) is an event from the Florentine popular folklore, held every year on September 7, on the eve of the Nativity of Mary. On this occasion, young people of Florence wind along the streets of the city, carrying around colored paper lanterns.   SHORT HISTORY The origins of the festival date back to the middle of the 17th century, and is due to the arrival in the city of many peasants from the nearby countryside to celebrate the Nativity of the Madonna in the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata. The farmers also came to Florence to sell their products at the fair held on September 8 in the square in front of the basilica. To arrive on time, they left their homes before the break of dawn, and lit their way with lanterns of various shapes hanging on rods. After entering the city, the young Florentine people accompanied the villagers, making fun of their clothes, joking about the shapes of their women and trying to destroy their lanterns with spit wads. As time went on, Read more [...]

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    Luminara di Santa Croce 2023

    Date: 13 September 2023

    Luminara di Santa Croce 2023 will take place on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, in the beautiful city of Lucca. Luminara di Santa Croce is a religious feast held on the eve of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated every year on September 14. In Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates the Cross itself, as an instrument of salvation. On this occasion, the buildings of Lucca are decorated with thousands of candles, a tradition now common only in Lucca and Pisa, for Luminara di San Ranieri.   SHORT HISTORY The origins of the feast in Lucca are lost in time. The first mention of the date of September 14 appears in a document of 1118. On this day, Lucca celebrates the Holy Face (Volto Santo), a wooden crucifix measuring 2.24 x 2.65 meters, kept in a chapel built in 1482 by Matteo Civitali, in the Cathedral of San Martino. According to legend, the crucifix was sculpted by Nicodemus, who assisted Joseph of Arimathea in depositing Christ in his tomb, and was found and brought to Lucca in 742. At the beginning, the crucifix was deposited in the Basilica Read more [...]