Spring is at its best,
so that means there are plenty of
opportunities to enjoy Nature and
the local traditions connected to
this. These include propitiatory rites
for a good harvest, such as the ancient
in Vetralla, the "Spring Festival"
in Farnese, the "Fiera del Cedro"
in Valentano, the "Festa dei
Pugnaloni" in Acquapendente.
Not to mention the many religious
festivals, such as the "Festa
di S. Bernardino" in Piansano
(the perfect chance to see the local
flag-throwers) and the "Barabbata"
Festa di S. Bernardino Piansano
On St. Bernardino's feast day (19th
May), the Gruppo Sbandieratori of
Piansano liven up the historical parade
with trumpets and drums rolls, brightly
coloured uniforms and, of course,
plenty of acrobatic flag-throwing.
Farmers, craftsmen and fishermen,
carts, hoes, spades, boats and fountains,
wreaths of flowers and fruit: all
in a procession to the sanctuary of
Madonna del Monte (Our Lady of the
Mountain). After the Holy Mass, "le
Passate": each category performs
three circuits of the Church, extolling
the Madonna. Afterwards, the participants
receive a plate and leave their donations
on the altar steps: fish, cereals,
vegetables and cheese. The priest
holds "la Pace", a relic
of the Madonna, for all to kiss and
Festa dei Pugnaloni Acquapendente
At first sight you'd be forgiven if
you thought they were paintings, but
they're not: they're flower mosaics!
Petals, fresh and dried leaves, pine
cones and needles, walnuts In
honour of Madonna del Fiore (Our Lady
of the Flower), who appeared before
two peasants in 1166, thus giving
the local inhabitants the courage
to rebel against their oppressor -
the "tyrant" Frederick Barbarossa