Every year on 1st May, the streets of Cagliari come alive with the largest and most colourful religious procession in the world. It is the Festival of Sant' Efisio and it has taken place here every year since 1656.
Efisio was a Roman officer sent to Sardinia by the Emperor Diocleziano to suppress christianity on the Island. However, during his time there, Efisio had an epiphany and rather than carrying out his orders, became a follower himself. When asked to renounce his new religion, he refused and was sentenced to death.
He was initially imprisoned in Cagliari, and then moved secretly to a location on the coast for his execution, away from his many supporters. In the year 303 he was beheaded by a Roman soldier on the beach at Nora.
A church was dedicated to him in Cagliari on the site where he was imprisoned and another at the place of his martyrdom. In 1652, Sardinia was afflicted by a plague that killed half of the inhabitants of Cagliari.
The population turned to their saint, Efisio di Elia, to save them. The authorities, in recognition of the tide of popular feeling, made an announcement that if the plague was halted by Saint Efisio, then the people would carry his statue in a procession from the church in Cagliari to the one in Nora, every year, for ever.
The plague disappeared, and the people of Cagliari have kept their promise, every year, ever since. Initially combined with the spring harvest festival, and involving a few local people, the procession has grown into a huge, colourful affair, involving thousands of people from all over Sardinia, taking part dressed in their national costumes.
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Easter celebrations in Cagliari
Parade of Dead Christ, which is very evocative and takes place the Holy Friday in late afternoon. It is one of the most important rites of the Holy Week of Cagliari.
The night parade, by candlelight, has a Spanish origin (and Catholic too). It starts from Saint John the Baptist Church and, through the picturesque districts of Villanova and Castello, snakes it's way to the Cathedral. It is organized by the old Solitude Brotherhood who incorparate original, old costumes and massed choirs, which belong to a rich, orally handed down tradition.
The rite of S'Iscravamentu (the Sacrament) takes place in the little church of the Holy Crucified. It represents the Deposition from the Crown of Christ, which is carried in the parade.
At Easter three ceremonies of the S'Incontru (the meeting) take place in the neighborhood districts of Stampace, Villanova and Marina. S'Incontru represents the meeting between the Risen Christ and the Virgin Mary with two parades, one mainly followed by men, the other by women.
They both follow the respective statues of Christ and of the Virgin Mary, in parade, and each follows a completely different route from the other. At the end, they meet amid music and dancing.
The Romanesco Artichoke Festival of Ladispoli near Rome was first celebrated in 1951 and is now held during the second week of April.
The festival was initiated to help popularize this bulbous vegetable (long recognized for its aphrodisiac properties) that is proudly cultivated in this Roman town on the Tyrrhenian Sea (it's an hour north of Rome, nestled between the Torfa Mountains and Lake Bracciano.
The town is a slightly sleepy seaside resort boasting black volcanic sands and Etruscan remains, and there is nothing too sophisticated about the event. We are, after all, talking artichokes here.
Nevertheless, each year sees a program which includes a conference on the economics and cultivation of the artichoke, a cooking contest for the best artichoke-based recipe, athletic races, and musical bands that come from all over Italy.
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Carnival still remains popular in Italy although the infiltration of modern icons and influences from abroad, such as comic book cartoon heroes, has meant that many historical masks of the past are seen less and less.
However, there are those which are so popular that the tradition of wearing them will surely remain with us for many years to come. From North to South, every region of Italy has its own representative mask.
They have been drawn from the main characters in the 'commedia dell'arte' from the 1500's until the literary comedies of the 1700's. They survived as puppet characters and return each year during Carnival.
Below we highlight 16 such characters and follow the links to see images related to each.
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this gnocchi recipe is made especially in Liguria and Tuscan border like Val di Vara and Lunigiana. That's way you have pesto sauce and chestnut flavor. It is perfect for autumn and winter meals.
for the potatoes dough: 700 gr. of potatoes, 100 gr. of white flour, 100 gr. of chestnut flour, 1 egg, a pinch of salt
for the pesto sauce: basil, 40 gr of pecorino cheese, 40 gr of parmesan cheese, 100 gr. of olive oil, pine-nuts, garlic, pich of salt.
Boil and mush the potaotes with the skin. Let it cool a bit and add slowly the two different flours, add the egg and knead the dough. Make first some little cords and then cut them into small pieces of 2 cm for having the gnocchi shape. Put the gnocchi in a floured tray. Cook the gnocchi in water with salt. as they come to the surface collect them and drizzle with pesto sauce obtained by mixing the basil with the other ingredients.
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- Valentini. Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2007
- Mascarello Giuseppe e Figlio Barolo. Riserva Monprivato Cà d’ Morissio 2004
- Tenuta San Guido, Bolgheri Sassicaia 2009
- Conterno Giacomo, Barolo Riserva Monfortino 2004
- Quintarelli Giuseppe, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2003
- Giacosa Bruno, Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2007
- Mastroberardino, Radici Taurasi Riserva 2005
- Marco De Bartoli, Vecchio Samperi Ventennale s.a.
- Ferrari, Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2001
- Casanova di Neri, Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2006
- Montevertine, Le Pergole Torte 2008
- Elio Grasso, Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera 2008
- Travaglini, Gattinara Riserva 2006
- Dal Forno Romano, Amarone della Valpolicella di Monte Lodoletta 2006
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- Lis Neris, Tal Lùc 2008
- Palari, Rosso del Soprano 2008
- Cavallotto, Barolo Bricco Boschis 2008
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- Poggio di Sotto, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
- Massolino, Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda 2005
- Rizzi, Barbaresco Pajorè 2008
- Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco Riserva Ovello 2007
- Biondi Santi, Tenuta Greppo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
- Miani, C.O.F. Sauvignon Saurint 2010
- Case Basse, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2005
- Pietracupa, Greco di Tufo 2010
- Voerzio Roberto, Barolo La Serra 2008
- Castello Banfi, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio all’Oro 2006
- Ca’ del Bosco, Cuvée Annamaria Clementi Rosé 2004
- Tenute Sella Lessona, Omaggio a Quintino Sella 2006
- Villa Bucci, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva 2007
- Monte Rossa, Cabochon Rosé Riserva 2005
- Ar.Pe.Pe., Valtellina Superiore Sassella Rocce Rosse 2001
- Podere Il Carnasciale, Il Caberlot 2008
- Barone Ricasoli, Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio Colledilà 2008
- Vodopivec, Vitovska 2007
- Il Pollenza, Il Pollenza 2008
- La Fiorita, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
- Rinaldi Giuseppe, Barolo Cannubi San Lorenzo-Ravera 2008
- Garofoli, Verdicchio dei C. di Jesi Gioacchino Garofoli 2006
- Polvanera, Primitivo di Gioia del Colle 17 2009
- Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Masseto 2008
- Montevetrano, Montevetrano 2010
- Borgo del Tiglio, Collio Bianco Ronco della Chiesa 2010
- Bellavista, Franciacorta Gran Cuvée Pas Operé 2006
- Le Macchiole, Messorio 2009
- Antinori, Solaia 2009
- Marisa Cuomo, Furore Bianco Fiorduva 2010
- Fino Gianfranco, Primitivo di Manduria ES 2010
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