apr(apr 14)0:00apr(apr 15)23:00LA MERCA (BRANDING)
In the rural area called “la Roccaccia” there is a yearly branding of wild livestock which roam free on the vast estate of the ‘Università Agraria’. The line-up of events
In the rural area called “la Roccaccia” there is a yearly branding of wild livestock which roam free on the vast estate of the ‘Università Agraria’. The line-up of events include livestock herding, branding, breaking-in and horse-riding competitions, while stands sell tools and products for livestock, or serve local food and wine.
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apr0:00apr23:00PROCESSION OF CHRIST RESURRECTED
On Easter Sunday the procession of Christ Resurrected is celebrated: a statue of the risen Christ is paraded through the crowded streets of Tarquinia at a quick pace, making it
On Easter Sunday the procession of Christ Resurrected is celebrated: a statue of the risen Christ is paraded through the crowded streets of Tarquinia at a quick pace, making it look as though it is running. The statue was commissioned by the Carpenters Guild. The task was given to a sculptor who was serving a life sentence in prison. His task was to create a wooden sculpture of a resurrected Christ, more beautiful than any seen before. Legend has it, that after the realtion of the statue, the sculptor was blinded to prevent him from replicating the statue of the same or even greater beauty. The procession is opened by the team of Shooters, “Sparatori”, shooting confetti from their rifles, followed by a number of men carrying giant crosses made from tree trunks. It takes considerable skill and months of training for the carriers to accomplish this feat since the crosses can be up to 5 metres (16 ft) tall and weigh from 70 to 90 kilos (154 to198 lbs) each. It is a show of strength, skill and endurance and considered a great honor amongst the citizens of Tarquinia. The Statue is housed in the Church of ‘San Giuseppe’. The church is only open one day a year, on Easter Sunday, when the statue is paraded around the town during the procession then it is returned to the church where it remains until the next Easter Sunday.
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