It is the most enthralling
event in the region, not only at Gubbio. It takes a whole year to prepare the edition, where
every single inhabitant is involved from the organizational point of view as
well as the emotional one. The entire community identifies itself with this
festival, that is dedicated to the three saints whose images are put on the top
of the tall wax candles, the Ceri, that are Sant'Ubaldo, San Giorgio and Sant'Antonio.
The proper event begins in the morning of the 15th May with the
"alzata", the raising of the candles, and terminates in
the Basilica di Sant'Ubaldo with the entrance of the Ceri into the church when their
race is finished.
May: Palio of the Crossbow
- A very important and unquestionably
fascinating event is the challenge that since the 15th
involves the crossbowmen from Gubbio
who compete every year at the Palio whizzing the arrows on the magnificent
medival background of the Piazza Grande
. It takes place on the
last Sunday of the month. This event, too, is connected with the cult of Sant’Ubaldo
July: Gubbio Festival
- Classic music festival.
July-August: Classical Performances at the Teatro Romano
- Every year from July to August, the Teatro
offers its charming frame for classical theatre
August: No Borders Summer Festival
- Jazz music festival, which gives
hospitality to the best Italian and international jazz musicians, alternating
music spectacles with film exhibitions, a biting satire for an artistic event
August: Tournament of the Quarters
- An enthralling medieval challenge between
the quarters of Gubbio, which takes place in the night of the feast of the
Assumption in a charming frame with coloured costumes and torches.
October-November: National Exhibition Market of the White Truffle and
- The event is organized by the consortium
of communes in the mountain area Comunità Montana dell’Alto Chiascio
and obtains great success being the main window through which one can admire
the beauty and the deliciousness of the tuber magnatum
, the precious
and rare white truffle
. It takes on the square Piazza Oderisi
from the end of October until the first days of
November, when the set out stalls house every kind of local specialities, like
cheese, salami and cold pork meats, honey and mushrooms as well as the products
of the local craftsmanship.
December: The Christmas Tree
- Yearly charming Christmas event on the Mount
, where 12 kilometres of cable and more than 450 coloured lights
make up the biggest Christmas tree in the world
. Stretched out on the
whole side of the mountain, which raises above Gubbio, it offers its view also
from a distance of many kilometres. The base of the tree is almost as large as
the entire town of Gubbio, included the outskirts, while the top with its
enormous and extremely bright comet on the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo
on the top of the mount Ingino.
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