GATE GAMES – ‘GIOCHI DELLE PORTE’
(A 3-day celebration; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, during the last week of September. The ancient races are re-enacted: donkey races with an Auriga and brakeman, catapult shooting, archery and the last and most exciting race is the contemporary bareback cavalcade of four donkeys. Every year there’s a beautiful Palio a competition between the four gates of San Donato, San Benedetto, San Facondino and San Martino.
The historic procession on Holy Friday: an impressive procession that evokes the passion of Jesus according to the medieval tradition to the sound of the “batti strangola”, an ancient musical instrument which is almost extinct, along with a group of people dressed in cloaks announcing the start of the procession which marches along the torch light paths, representing the most significant and cruel moments of the capture of Jesus, his trial, the Ascent to Calvary and the crucifixion.