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Torciata di San Giuseppe a Pitigliano

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Luogo:Pitigliano (GR)



On the night of San Giuseppe, March 19th, an ancient and spectacular pagan ceremony already in use at the time of the Etruscans is renewed, involving the whole town. Hooded and dressed in traditional clothing, 40 torchers at the agreed signal set fire to the Invernacciu, an enormous cane puppet that was erected in the center of Piazza della Repubblica in the previous days, to represent winter dying in flames. The large bonfire of the torchers is a good omen for the arrival of Spring. Since the medieval age, a religious meaning has also been associated with the pagan festival, making it coincide with the celebration of Saint Joseph, which falls on the days of the vernal equinox. For the occasion, religious traditions and folklore intertwine, giving life to a moment of celebration that usually begins on March 15th and culminates in the celebrations of March 19th. The historical procession, the lit torches, the trumpet blasts, the street juggling with the fire shows, contribute to creating a very suggestive atmosphere. A series of collateral events will take place in the preceding days.


15 March 25

19 March 25


17:00 - 00:00

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Location/The place


Pitigliano, GR, Italia

How to get there

By car: From Grosseto, take the SS1 Aurelia to Albinia where you take the SR74 Strada Regionale Maremmana towards Marsiliana. Continue on the SR74 to Manciano and from here you reach Pitigliano (again on the SR74). From the North (Siena) or from the South (Rome) take the SS2 Cassia to Acquapendente, continue on the SP49 to Onano, Sorano and from here to Pitigliano. By Bus: Autolinee Toscane Autolinee Toscane | Public transport in Tuscany ( Lines 11P and 41P By train: nearest stations: Orbetello and Grosseto

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