B Gypsy Race - sunday 1 september 2024 in Pacentro, L'Aquila [Historical reenactments]
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Gypsy Race

sunday 1 september 2024 in Pacentro, L'Aquila


 Gypsy Race

Barefooted race in honor of Our Lady of Loreto. The young people of the village climb on the slopes of Mount Ardinghi, which is in front of the village, and the sudden sound of the bell of the church dedicated to the Virgin cast barefoot along the steep and rugged path that leads from the hill to the church bringing not few wounds. Of ancient origins, dating back to some of the Roman rites, legend claims that the race was also used by the valiant leader Giacomo Caldora to select among the people a valid element for his mercenary army. Beyond legends, the Race is documented with certainty for oral and documental reconstruction over the last 200 years and derives from the silvo-pastoral traditions of the population. The winner of the race received the award Palio, a cut of cloth that in the past served to sew the good suit. At the end of the race, when the last competitor came to the altar of the church, the doors of the sanctuary clambered to complete the rescue and wound dressing. They will reopen after a few minutes to leave room for the winner's procession. The top three are backed by companions on the streets of the country accompanied by the band.

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Sleep, eat, buy in Pacentro

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L' Elisir del Poeta Restaurant
L' Elisir del Poeta is a lovely restaurant in Santo Stefano di Sessanio that serves traditional A...
Piazza Cristoforo Colombo, 12, Santo Stefano di Sessanio (L'Aquila)
4902.18 Kilometers from
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