EASTER IN ABRUZZO 2019
EASTER IN ABRUZZO: THE RITES OF THE HOLY WEEK
Easter in Abruzzo is a moment lived with intensity. Our Region is rich in celebrations and religious rites that are testimonies of the culture of our territory and of the strong religious spirit. In many cities and towns of Abruzzo there are many sacred representations and rituals. All unique and special, but above all intense and evocative. A few days to know and experience art, culture and, why not, the food that celebrates these days of celebration.
It is possible to book or just a day or several days.
DAY 1 Friday 19 April: SULMONA and THE GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION
Guided tour of Sulmona, the most beautiful art city of the Valle Peligna, home of Ovid, poet of love. Visit to the historic center: the Cathedral of San Panfilo, Palazzo della SS. Annunziata, the Church of S. Francesco della Scarpa, the medieval aqueduct (13th century), an impressive monument composed of 21 arches. In the evening (from 8.00 pm onwards) it will be possible to attend the famous Good Friday procession, promoted by the Arciconfraternita della Santissima Trinità with the singing of the Miserere performed by a choir of more than one hundred members.
The Good Friday Procession was born thanks to the Jesuits and was initially curated by the Compagnia dei Nobili, later it was entrusted to the Archconfraternity of the SS. Trinity. The first Good Friday curated by the Trinitarians dates back to 13 April 1827.The Brothers wear a red habit with a white subject. The procession leaves the Church of the Holy Trinity at 20:00 and, according to a precise pre-established scheme, in religious silence it winds through the streets of the city tracing a cross. Finally he returned to the Chiesa della SS.trinità at 24:00.Along the route of the historic center the Trinitarian procession touches thirteen churches: S. Pietro, S. Gaetano, the Cathedral of S. Panfilo, the Annunziata, S. Domenico, S. Caterina, S. Rocco, S. Filippo Neri, S.Chiara, S.Maria della Tomba, S.Lucia, S.Maria del Carmelo and S.Francesco della Scarpa.A special feature of the procession is the "struscio", a cadenced step that is performed by all the members of the procession, accompanied by a choir of over a hundred elements.
There are many meanings of the procession: the clothes, the symbols, the "struscio".
DAY 2 Saturday 20 April: SCANNO AND VILLALAGO FD TOUR
Excursion to the Sagittario Gorges. One of the most beautiful and suggestive nature reserves of Abruzzo whose countries, Antwerp, Fracture, Villalago and Scanno have been immortalized by poets and artists of world renown. Located on a hill from Villalago we will admire the winding Gole del Sagittario, we will visit the village and the old mill. Lunch at a typical restaurant in Scanno. In the afternoon we will continue with the visit of the ancient village: famous for the goldsmith's art, the Scannese costume and its sweets. Transfer to a famous pastry shop in the village where you will taste the typical local sweets.
3rd DAY Sunday 21st April: SULMONA THE RITE OF "LA MADONNA CHE SCAPPA", PACENTRO FD
Departure for Sulmona, in the Peligna Valley, at the foot of Mount Morrone and home to Ovid, a poet of love. In Piazza Garibaldi we will witness the sacred representation of the "Madonna that escapes" one of the most felt traditions of Sulmonese citizenship.
That of Sulmona is really one of the most beautiful and exciting processions in Abruzzo.
"La Madonna che scappa" represents the meeting of Mary with her resurrected son. A
ritual rich in symbolic religious values and not: the race of the bearers of the statue of the
Madonna dressed in mourning, the black veil that disappears, the symbolic colors that
will appear, the doves from which auspices are drawn. For those who have never
witnessed, they will be able to see and feel the pathos of the audience. A celebration that
celebrates the risen Christ and symbolically also the new life that follows.
In the afternoon transfer to Pacentro. Visit the historical center, considered among the most characteristic of the region, with its castle and its famous towers.
4th DAY Monday 22 April: CORFINIO AND RAIANO HD TOUR
Guided tour of Corfinio, home of the splendid San Pelino Catterale and the first Capital of Italy. Transfer to the Hermitage of San Venanzio, one of the region's most evocative hermitages, surrounded by nature and the San Venanzio Reserve.