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I Misteri

The celebrated procession I Misteri” has been held at Easter on Good Day and Holy Saturday for over 400 years. During the celebration the guilds travelling the streets for about two kilometres display 17th and 18th century Sacred Saints statues. The collection is composed of twenty sculptures made of canvas, wood and glue showing Jesus’ passion and death. The statues sit on wooden bases adorned with silver jewellery and strikingly colourful flowers (Picture 1 and 2). They are carried by men on their shoulders while stamping their feet at  the sound of  music, in a way called “annacata”. The statues have been well kept for centuries and are outstanding as to the skilful work done. The procession gathers local citizens and tourists from different parts of the world wishing to join this religious feast that the city has kept alive for four centuries.