Late in the afternoon on Sunday we decided to take a stroll. We drove down and parked near the old historic centre of Itri. From here we began to explore on foot the many nooks and crannies of the old town that we hadn’t investigated previously, despite this being our fifth year here in Itri.
It was really pleasant to ramble through the narrow streets, alleyways, stairways and arches in the warm early evening sun. On this occasion I think we’ll let the pictures do the talking,
as they say “A Picture Paints a Thousand Words”…
As we descended into the lower part of Itri, it soon became apparent that something was afoot. A crowd had gathered in the square in front of the Church of La Vergine Annunziata. A friend came over to greet us and explained that shortly a procession would take place, to officially mark the end of the feast of the Madonna Della Cività, with the taking down of her beautiful banner. The band players began to tune up and soon the procession set off on its way, carrying the banner of San Rocco.
Many of the townsfolk of Itri joined in the religious procession as it streamed down the Via Farnese. It came to a halt when it arrived at the centre of town, in Piazza Incoronazione, where traditionally the beautiful banner of the Madonna Della Cività is suspended. The priest offered some prayers and then the banner of the Madonna was carefully and ceremoniously lowered.
See our earlier posts about
Itri’s Feast of La Madonna Della Cività.
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott