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Benvenuti / Welcome to

Itri


Benvenuti / Welcome to

Minturno





cc BY- SA 2.0      Carole Radatto - flickr

cc BY- SA 2.0      Carole Radatto - flickr  

cc BY- SA 2.0      Carole Radatto - flickr  

The Roman Amphitheatre, which dates from the 1st century, has been totally restored and during the summer months it comes to life when used to stage open air theatrical performances and concerts.    

photo © Patrizia Esposito


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Benvenuti / Welcome to

Itri


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Many local people dress up in the traditional costumes of this region.  Everyone gathers in the main square to see the wheat being threshed by the “vigilatori” in the old traditional way.  




A skilful performance by some  traditional Medieval sbandieratori or flag throwers.

photo © Melinda Abbott

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La Sagra delle Regne is a religious festival dedicated to the Madonna delle Grazie, the patron of Minturno. It takes place every year on the second Sunday in July.  The term “regne” has Latin origins, meaning bundles or sheaves of wheat.

The festival has pagan origins. Local farmers would beseech the Roman gods of the earth to protect the wheat harvest and bless the fruits of their labours. During the Middle Ages the festival began to take on a  religious connotation. The Madonna delle Grazie was implored to grant local families, farmers and fishermen success in their endeavours.

During the festival decorated carts are transported to the centre of the village, some drawn by an ox or horse, or towed by tractor.  

Benvenuti / Welcome to

Minturno

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