Feast days and Festivals
Many of the towns and villages celebrate their patron saint throughout the year with enthusiasm. At Christmas there is a tradition in many of the towns, including Picinisco, of holding a Living Crib - ie the Nativity is played out in public by local people in costume; in Holy week the Way of the Cross again remembered with locals in costume; and other celebrations of Easter; the decoration of the streets with flowers for Corpus Christi; not to mention the Feasts of the Patron Saints of each Town and Village - all celebrated with enthusiasm.
In Picinisco, various festivals held throughout the year. Come and join us in celebrating these (and other smaller impromptu feste):
Festa degli Orapi (normally mid June); Enjoy a morning walk in the hills followed by a village party with traditional food, wine and music.
Pastorizia in Festival (9/10 August) coinciding with the Feast of San Lorenzo, Picinisco's Patron Saint. 2 days of education, entertainment and enjoyment celebrating the art and craft of the shepherd and cheesemakers;
"Le Feste" (18/20 August). These celebrations are a mixture of pious religious processions (both for the local community and by groups of pilgrims on their way from their homes 20-30 miles away to the Basicilca of the Madonna di Canneto) and music, eating and dancing reminiscent of medieval pilgrimages. The culmination is a fabulous Firework Display as you have never seen before. A riot of fireworks explode from the valley below to burst more or less at eye level with the sound echoing from the buildings behind.
Fesitval delle Storie (end August/beginning September). This is an itinerant arts and literature festival which moves from town to town in Val di Comino
Soavita d'Autunno (end September/ beginning of October)