Procession of the Risen Christ

Traditions

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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Events and Traditions

Tarquinia offers an extensive variety of events all year round, catering to diverse interests and tastes

From art, culture, food and wine, to religious and agricultural traditions, Tarquinia's old town and seafront come alive with festivities from January to December.

Experience the excitement of these spectacular events!

Madonna di Valverde

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.

Io pittore per caso

This artistic event is open to everyone and celebrates creativity and talent.

DiVino Etrusco

The fusion of wine and culture in Tarquinia is referred to as ‘DiVino Etrusco’.

Corpus Christi Flower Carpet

Along the streets of the city, paintings and floral carpets of considerable value are created during the Corpus Domini event.

Agricultural Machinery Exhibition

At Tarquinia Lido, the production of over 250 companies that produce agricultural machinery is presented every spring.

Saint Anthony Abbot and the Carnival

Tarquinia still preserves the tradition of celebrations dedicated to Sant’Antonio Abate, protector of animals.

Nativity Play

With the living nativity scene, the historic center of Tarquinia is transformed into a large open-air stage. More than 200 partecipants in costumes.

The “Merca”

The “Merca” is celebrated every year at the Roccaccia: the marking of the herds that live in the wild on the estates of the Agricultural University

Cardarelli Award

The Cardarelli prize is awarded to literary excellence. The “Meeting with the Author” is the most awaited event in the city.

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Madonna di Valverde

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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.

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Photography by: César Vásquez Altamirano, Tiziano Crescia, Roberto Romano, Sailko Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported, Paolo Monti

Translations by Ylenia Marcucci e Alessandro Rotatori