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    Lucca Summer Festival 2019

    Date: 1 July 2019 - 31 July 2019

    Lucca Summer Festival is one of the most important music festivals in Italy, held every year in Lucca, usually during the month of July, since 1998. The concerts are usually held within the historic walls of Lucca, in Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino or Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Sometimes, when the audience is very large, it is preferred to use the Porta Elisa soccer stadium in Lucca or the Pini stadium in Viareggio. Over time, important bands and artists have attended the festival, such as David Bowie, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Mark Knopfler, Jamiroquai, Seal, Zucchero, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Anastacia, Giorgia, Green Day, Ennio Morricone and the Rolling Stones. On 5 July 2009, the Dave Matthews Band held a concert of over three and a half hours, the longest performance of their career. On 23 September 2017, was held the historic Rolling Stones concert, the only Italian date of the No Filter European tour, which established the attendance record for this event, of about 55,000 people. On this occasion, the stage was built alongside the City Walls, precisely in the former Balilla field.   The 2019 edition of the LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL will start on June 28, with a Read more [...]

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    Festa della Madonna della Bruna 2019

    Date: 2 July 2019

    Festa della Madonna della Bruna, commonly known as Festa della Bruna, is a religious feast held every year since 1389, on July 2, in Matera, in honor of the patron saint of the city, Madonna della Bruna.   SHORT HISTORY The origins of the festival are not very clear. The custom, handed down from one generation to the next, has been enriched over time by innumerable variations. The legends tells that a farmer, in his way to Matera, took a young lady in his cart. Near the town, she got out of the cart and asked the peasant to tell the Bishop that she was the mother of Christ. When he heard that, the Bishop, along with the clergy and the townspeople, rushed to welcome the Virgin, but they found a statue in her place. The statue of the Madonna was brought to the city on a decorated triumphal chariot. Today, the statue of the Madonna is located in the transept of the Matera Cathedral. Until the 16th century, the feast was characterized mainly by a procession that took place at dawn, called the Procession of the Shepherds (Processione dei Pastori), in which the shepherds, early in the morning, wandered along Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio di Provenzano 2019

    Date: 2 July 2019

    Palio di Siena is a horce race held twice a year in Siena, on July 2, known as Palio di Provenzano, dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, and on August 16, under the title Palio dell’Assunta, in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Palio di Siena is an equestrian competition between the 17 contrade (districts) of the city, held in the beautiful Piazza del Campo. The race is preceded by the Corteo Storico, a parade of about 700 people dressed in medieval costumes.   SHORT HISTORY Horse races in Siena were held since the 13th century, when the Palio was the closing event of the annual festival dedicated to the patron saint of the town, the Virgin Mary of the Assumption. Initially, there were many contrade, but after the plague of 1347, their number was reduced to 42. A contrada was named after a street, a church or after an illustrious family residing on its territory. In 1605, the Captain Sigismondo Santi and the Cavalier Fortunio Martini made a proposal to the Municipality of Siena, to held the competition in Piazza del Campo. As a result, at the beginning of the 17th century, the Palio was relocated in the Read more [...]

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    Toto – 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour 2019

    Date: 5 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The American rock band Toto will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, on Friday, July 5, 2019, as part of their 40 Trips Around The Sun tour.   THE BAND Toto was formed in 1976, in Los Angeles, and the band is known for a combination of musical styles, with elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, blues and jazz. The band enjoyed commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the band’s debut album released in 1978, Toto. With the release of their fourth album, Toto IV, in 1982, the band became one of the best-selling music groups of their era. Toto is widely known for hits like Hold the Line, Rosanna and Africa. To date, the band released 17 studio albums and sold over 40 million records worldwide. The group received several Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009. Toto released their Greatest Hits album, titled 40 Trips Around the Sun, on February 9, 2018. The same year, they embarked on a world tour promoting the album and celebrating 40 years of playing music. Their 40 Trips Around The Sun tour Read more [...]

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    Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour 2019

    Date: 7 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    Elton John will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, in the main square of the city, Piazza Napoleone, on Sunday, July 7, 2019, as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. In 2019, it will be the sixth time Elton John will sing within the famous City Walls of Lucca. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour started on September 8th in the USA, and it will consist of more than 300 shows across the 5 continents (North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia), before reaching its conclusion in 2021. This is the last tour of the superstar, the end of half a century on the road for one of the most enduring pop performers in the world. The setting of Elton’s new stage will take his fans on a visual musical journey through a 50-year career of hits.   THE ARTIST The results achieved by Elton John in his career are unprecedented. Elton is one of the most successful solo artists of all time, with 38 gold records and 31 platinum and multi-platinum albums, more than 50 tracks in the Top 40 and with more than 300 million records sold worldwide. He holds the record for the Read more [...]

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    Macklemore – Gemini Tour 2019

    Date: 9 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The American rapper Macklemore will perform on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in the Napoleone Square, in Lucca, as part of the Lucca Summer Festival 2019.   THE ARTIST Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, known by the stage name Macklemore, is an American rapper from Seattle, who since 2000 has independently released two mixtapes and two studio albums. In 2000, Haggerty recorded a mixtape titled Open Your Eyes under the name Professor Macklemore. Later, Haggerty dropped Professor from his name and began working on his first official album, called The Language of My World, which was released on January 1, 2005. Macklemore’s second mixtape, The Unplanned Mixtape, was released on September 7, 2009. In the same year, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis formalized their collaboration as a duo. They released the EP The VS. EP. Their album The Heist was released in October 2012, selling over 78,000 copies. On February 26, 2016, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released their second album entitled This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. On June 15, 2017, Macklemore announced via Instagram that the duo were on hiatus. Macklemore released his solo studio album Gemini on September 22, 2017.   THE FESTIVAL In 2019, Lucca Summer Festival, one of the most important Read more [...]

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    Palio di San Paolino 2019

    Date: 12 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    Palio di San Paolino is a historical reenactment event dedicated to San Paolino, the patron saint of Lucca, held every year on the 12th of July, in the main square of the town, Piazza San Martino.   SHORT HISTORY In 1169, during the war with Pisa, the government of Lucca, concerned about the constant assaults from the neighboring town, asked the old ally Genoa for help. To strengthen the defence of Lucca, Genoa sent a certain number of crossbowmen. In a relatively short time, the Lucca soldiers became experts in handling the crossbow. In the 14th century, Castruccio Castracani delli Antelminelli, Lord of Lucca, introduced a prize to reward the strongest crossbowmen of the city. From that moment, the Palio of San Paolino will be held regularly on the occasion of the main festivities of the city. The rules of the Palio were established by a document named ordo pro balistari, dated June 26, 1443, preserved today in the State Archive of Lucca. The document is the oldest regulation for an archery competition in Europe. On October 10th, 1970, a group of people wishing to rediscover the ancient tradition of crossbowing, formed the Compagnia Balestrieri Lucca. Today, the Palio of Read more [...]

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    Mark Knopfler – Down The Road Wherever Tour 2019

    Date: 13 July 2019

    Time: 9:00 pm to 12:00 am

    The British guitarist Mark Knopfler will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, on Saturday, July 13, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, as part of his Down The Road Wherever tour.   THE ARTIST Mark Knopfler was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and lived there until he was 8 years old, after which his family moved to Newcastle upon Tyne, in England. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer and songwriter of the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his younger brother, David Knopfler, in 1977. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Mark Knopfler recorded and produced eight solo albums and many hit songs. As a solo artist, Knopfler recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, such as B.B. King, Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, John Anderson, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Bryan Ferry, George Jones, Phil Lynott, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, Emmylou Harris and James Taylor. He also produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman. Knopfler was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He, along with Dire Straits, sold over 120 million records to date. Knopfler won four Grammy Awards, an Edison Award, Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2019

    Date: 14 July 2019 - 15 July 2019

    Festa di Santa Rosalia (Feast of Saint Rosalia) is one of the most important religious events in Sicily, held every year in the first half of July, in Palermo. The feast is dedicated to Saint Rosalia, also called La Santuzza (Little Saint), the patron saint of the city, and it commemorates the miraculous appearances of the Saint from 1624, when Palermo was hit by plague.   SHORT HISTORY In 1624, the Viceroy of Sicily, Emanuel Filibert of Savoy, who resided in the city, brought to the port of Palermo a ship from Tunis, containing many gifts. Muhammad Calavà, the captain of the ship, and some of the crew, were suspected of being sick. Shortly after, the disease, carried by rats, spread rapidly all over the city. A 47-year-old woman, Girolama La Gattuta, suffering of strong fever at the Hospital of Palermo, had an angel vision. The angel told her to go to Monte Pellegrino and pray. Three days later, Girolama miraculously recovered, without going to Mount Pellegrino, but she fell ill again on May 7, 1624, when the plague hit the city. A few days later, Girolama climbed the Mount Pellegrino, drank some clear water that dripped from the walls Read more [...]

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    Festa del Redentore 2019

    Date: 20 July 2019 - 21 July 2019

    Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer) is one of the most beloved Venetian celebrations, held every year in Venice, in the third weekend of July. At first, Festa del Redentore was a purely religious feast, but, over time, profane elements found their place alongside religious manifestations, and today the event includes a party, a regatta and one of the most impressive firework display in the world.   SHORT HISTORY Between 1575 and 1577, Venice was hit by a merciless plague that killed about one-third of the city’s population. Due to the precarious conditions in which the people were living and to a high population density, the disease spread rapidly and was difficult to control. In 1576, the Venetian Senate decided to build a church dedicated to Jesus the Redeemer (Il Redentore), hoping to get rid of the disease. A year later, in July, the city was declared cured, and the Venetians initiated a new celebration called Festa del Redentore. Today, the feast takes place in the third weekend of July and, on this occasion, a bridge is built across the Giudecca Canal, between Zattere and the Giudecca Island, that people cross in a short pilgrimage to the church built Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Margherita d’Antiochia 2019

    Date: 20 July 2019

    Festa di Santa Margherita d’Antiochia is a religious celebration held every year on July 20, in Vernazza, dedicated to the patron saint of the town, Santa Margherita d’Antiochia. Margherita was a Christian girl who have been martyred in the year 304. She is venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church and by the Orthodox Church, who consider her to be the patron saint of pregnant women.   FESTA DI SANTA MARGHERITA D’ANTIOCHIA 2019 will be held on July 20. On this occasion, throughout the day, on the main street of the town leading to the Piazza Guglielmo Marconi and the small marina, there will be stalls offering local specialities. In the evening, a nocturnal procession with crucifixes will start from the Church of Santa Margherita. The feast will end with a fireworks display. Booking.com

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    Barcarolata 2019

    Date: 28 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    Barcarolata is a traditional water parade that takes place every year on the last Sunday of July, on the wonderful Baia del Silenzio, in Sestri Levante. Barcarolata is also a competition. Locals and tourists alike, dressed in carnival costumes, compete with boats decorated with papier-mâché and colorful lights. A prestigious jury judges the boats and rewards the most beautiful and original ones. The feast was initiated in the 60s by Giovanni Magnelli, with the help of the local Tourism Bureau. Today, the event is organized by the Municipality of Sestri Levante and the Lega Navale (Naval League).   BARCAROLATA 2019 will take place on Sunday, July 28, starting around 9.30 pm. The evening will end with a beautiful fireworks display. Booking.com

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    Festa del Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione 2019

    Date: 2 August 2019 - 6 August 2019

    Festa del Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione (Feast of the Most Holy Savior of the Transfiguration) is a religious feast held every year in Cefalù, between 2 and 6 August, dedicated to the patron saint of the city. 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 the 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 is to be traced back to the fourth 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 the city of Cefalù to the Most Holy Savior begun with the construction Read more [...]

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    Festa della Stella Maris 2019

    Date: 4 August 2019

    Festa della Stella Maris is a religious festival of light held every year in Camogli, on the first Sunday of August. The feast is dedicated to Stella Maris (Star of the Sea), the Madonna who protects those who sail the seas. On this occasion, a procession of boats is held in the morning, from Camogli to Punta Chiappa, located a few kilometers to the south, at the foot of Portofino Mountain. In the evening, thousands of lit candles are released on water from the Camogli Beach, lighting the sea, which looks like a sky full of stars. The night will end with a fireworks display.   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 the Punta Chiappa. But the origin of the veneration of Stella Maris is much older, lost in the 15th century, when the fishermen of Camogli began to rely on her, so that their time spent at sea will Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio dell’Assunta 2019

    Date: 16 August 2019

    Palio di Siena is a horse race between the 17 contrade (districts) of Siena, held twice a year in Piazza del Campo, the main square of the city. The Palio from July 2 is called Palio di Provenzano and it’s held in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano, and the one held on August 16 is called Palio dell’Assunta, and is dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary. The race is preceded by Corteo Storico, a historical parade which includes about 700 participants representing the 17 contrade and the institutions of the ancient Republic of Siena. In the afternoon, the procession starts from Piazza del Duomo and, after parading on the streets of the historical center of the town, arrives on the beautiful shell-shaped square Piazza del Campo. The actual race consists in circling three times the Piazza del Campo. A contrada bears the name of a street, a church or of an illustrious family residing on its territory. The 17 contrade of Siena still competing today in the Palio are Aquila (Eagle), Bruco (Caterpillar), Chiocciola (Snail), Civetta (Little Owl), Drago (Dragon), Giraffa (Giraffe), Istrice (Crested Porcupine), Leocorno (Unicorn), Lupa (She-Wolf), Nicchio (Seashell), Oca (Goose), Onda (Wave), Pantera (Panther), Selva Read more [...]

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    Festa Estiva di Sant’Agata 2019

    Date: 17 August 2019

    Festa estiva di Sant’Agata (Summer Feast of Saint Agatha) is another religious celebration dedicated to the same Saint of Catania, that takes place every year on August 17, recalling the Translation of the Relics of the Saint from Constantinople to the sicilian city located at the foot of Mount Etna. The August feast does not have the magnitude of the Feast of Saint Agatha held in February, which lasts for three days, but still attracts thousands of local people and tourists in the main square of the city, Piazza del Duomo, in front of the Cathedral dedicated to the same Saint.   SHORT HISTORY The relics of Saint Agatha were stolen in 1040 by the Byzantine general Giorgio Maniace, and taken to Constantinople. In 1126, two soldiers, Giliberto and Goselino, stole the relics and brought them back to Sicily, to the Castle of Aci, where were taken into possession by the Bishop Maurizio. On August 17, 1126, the Relics returned to the Cathedral of Sant’Agata and, starting with that day, a new feast was born.   In 2019, FESTA ESTIVA DI SANT’AGATA will take place, as usual, on August 17. The celebration will begin in the morning, but the most Read more [...]

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    Festa della Madonna Bianca 2019

    Date: 17 August 2019

    Time: 8:30 pm to 12:00 am

    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 village.   SHORT HISTORY The celebration recalls the miracle of 1399, when, during the French occupation, the seaside village of Portovenere was struck by plague. The tradition states that on August 16, 1399, a certain villager named Lucciardo, 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, enclosed in a cedar trunk, in 1204. 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 sea when attacked by pirates.   FESTA DELLA MADONNA BIANCA 2019 will take place, as usual, on the evening of August 17. Around 8.30 pm, a Read more [...]

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    Palio di San Rufino 2019

    Date: 22 August 2019 - 25 August 2019

    Palio di San Rufino is a historical reenactment event held every year in Assisi on the last Sunday of August and the previous three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Palio di San Rufino is a crossbow shooting competition between the three historical districts (terzieri) of the city: San Francesco, San Rufino and Santa Maria. The Palio, a banner painted by a renowned artist, is awarded to the winning team, while the crossbowman who gets the highest score in the single-shot competition receives the Balestrina d’Argento (the Silver Crossbow). The festival begins with the opening of a thematic exhibition, the theatrical performance and the historical market of San Rufino, which recalls the traditional town fair that took place during the days of the celebration of the patron saint of the city, San Rufino. Today, the market exhibits characteristic crafts and antiques along a route that goes from Piazza della Chiesa Nuova, through via Arco dei Priori, Volta Pinta, to Piazza del Comune. In the next days, the Palio continues with the investiture of the crossbowmen, followed by the shooting contest between the three teams of the Compagnia Balestrieri di Assisi, each representing one of the three districts.   PALIO DI SAN Read more [...]

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    Andrea Bocelli – Si Tour 2019

    Date: 30 August 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The Italian singer Andrea Bocelli will perform on Friday, August 30, 2019, on the magical Sicilian stage of Teatro Antico (Ancient Theater), in Taormina. The Andrea Bocelli concert at the Ancient Theater of Taormina, one of the most fascinating theaters in the world, is promoted by the Taormina Arte Sicilia Foundation and organized by Due Punti Eventi, a leading company in Italy in the organization and management of live performances.   THE ARTIST Andrea Bocelli was born on September 22, 1958, in Lajatico, Tuscany. At an early age, he was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma, and became completely blind at age 12, after a football accident. His big break came when he recorded the song Miserere for Zucchero. The recording was sent to the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, for whom the track was originally written, and Pavarotti encouraged Zucchero to use Bocelli for the song. In the end, Bocelli and Pavarotti performed Miserere together, which became a European hit. In 1994, Bocelli competed in the Sanremo Festival. That same year, Bocelli released his first album in Italy, Il Mare Calmo Della Sera. He scored a major hit in Europe with Con Te Partiro. The song later became a popular duet with Sarah Read more [...]

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    Giostra del Saracino – Giostra della Madonna del Conforto 2019

    Date: 1 September 2019

    Giostra del Saracino (Saracen Joust) is one of the most important historical reenactment festivals in Italy, held twice a year in Arezzo. The festival takes place on the penultimate Saturday in June, during the evening, dedicated to San Donato, patron saint of Arezzo, under the name of Giostra di San Donato, and on the first Sunday of September, during the day, dedicated to Our Lady of Comfort, protector of Arezzo, under the name of Giostra della Madonna del Conforto. The four Quarters of the city, which compete in the tournament, are the Porta Crucifera District, known also as Colcitrone, the Porta del Foro District, also known as the Porta San Lorentino, the District of Porta Sant’Andrea and the District of Porta Santo Spirito, also known as Quartiere della Colombina.   SHORT HISTORY The oldest information about a knightly tournament held in Arezzo dates back to 1260, when, in Piazza Grande, it was celebrated the investiture of a knight of the order of the Golden Spur. Later, in 1331, two letters sent by the Tarlati, Lords of Arezzo, mention tournaments with spears held in the city, to celebrate the success of a diplomatic mission in France. At the end of the Read more [...]

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    Regata Storica 2019

    Date: 1 September 2019

    Regata Storica (Historical Regatta) is both a historical reenactment and a sporting event taking place every year on the first Sunday of September, in Venice. The Historical Regatta is a celebration loved by the locals and tourists alike, and the most important event of the Voga alla Veneta (Row like a Venetian) calendar.   SHORT HISTORY The nature of the Venetian Lagoon encouraged rowing since the appearance of the first people in the area, who were forced to move mainly on water. It did not took long until the skills of the locals were recognized, and from here to the organization of rowing competitions it was only one step. Every year, Regata Storica begins with an impressive procession that commemorates the triumphal reception in Venice of Catherine Cornaro, the last monarch of the Kingdom of Cyprus. She, coming from a wealthy and influential Venetian family, abdicated in 1489 in favor of Venice, being applauded upon her return. During the celebration, boats similar to those of the 16th century navigate the Grand Canal, headed by a replica of the famous Bucintoro (Bucentaur), the festive ship of the Doges of Venice. Seven rowing races take place on this day, structured by category, Read more [...]

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    Luminara di Santa Croce 2019

    Date: 13 September 2019

    Time: 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Luminara di Santa Croce is a religious festival held every year in Lucca on the evening of September 13, in the form of a candlelit procession unfolded on the beautiful streets of the city. The procession takes place on the eve of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated each year on September 14. In the 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 are decorated with thousands of candles and the traditional mottettone, a polyphonic choral and instrumental composition, is performed. This tradition is now common only in Lucca and Pisa, for the Luminara di San Ranieri. On this day, the city 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 the legend, the crucifix was sculpted by Nicodemus, who assisted Joseph of Arimathea in depositing Christ in his tomb, and it was found and brought to Lucca in the year 742. At first, the crucifix was deposited in the Church of San Read more [...]

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    Festa della Salute 2019

    Date: 21 November 2019

    Festa della Madonna della Salute, commonly known as Festa della Salute, is a religious celebration taking place every year 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 San Marco, 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 on boats for this occasion.   SHORT HISTORY Festa della Salute, like many local holidays, commemorates a painful moment in Venice’s history – the epidemic from 1630-1631. The disease had been brought from Mantova in June of 1630 by some ambassadors sent to ask for help, and spread rapidly throughout the city, killing almost 50,000 people 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 publicly promised to raise a church called Salute, if the city will get rid of the plague. In April, 1631, the Doge was killed by Read more [...]