Procession of the Risen Christ
The Procession of the ‘Running Christ’ is a significant event celebrated on Easter Sunday. The procession features a valuable statue of the Risen Christ being carried through the streets of the town at a brisk pace, almost running, and between two wings of the crowd. The statue was commissioned by the Carpenters’ Guild and completed in 1832. Legend has it that a sculptor, serving a life sentence, was commissioned to carve a Risen Christ in wood superior to those that already existed. However, to prevent the artist from creating a new identical or even more beautiful statue later, he was ruthlessly blinded. The procession is opened by a team of shooters whose rifles are loaded with confetti. An original element of this procession is the bearers of the ‘Tronchi’, large crosses adorned with garlands. The crosses weigh between 75 and 95 kilos, with the largest reaching about 5 metres in height. Transporting the Tronchi requires considerable skill and strength so as not to be thrown off balance during transport. It is a demonstration of strength, skill and endurance.
To consult the schedule of religious services, visit the Civitavecchia and Tarquinia Diocese website Diocesi di Civitavecchia e Tarquinia
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The Tarquinia Adventure Park is located on Strada Litoranea, covers an area of 9 hectares and is located by the sea.
The month of May is dedicated to the Madonna Santissima di Valverde, the Patron Saint of Tarquinia, to whom an ancient sanctuary in the town is dedicated.
This artistic event is open to everyone and celebrates creativity and talent.
The fusion of wine and culture in Tarquinia is referred to as ‘DiVino Etrusco’.
Along the streets of the city, paintings and floral carpets of considerable value are created during the Corpus Domini event.