Trapani, Marsala and Erice
During the Holy Week, which precedes Easter Sunday, the province of Trapani hosts some unique religious events: processions, functions and sacred rituals, with a great emotional impact for the faithful, and a pure show for tourists.
A “performed” procession that brings to the streets of Marsala the crusade of Jesus Christ on Holy Thursday.
An open-air theater for six groups that recall the passion, death and the resurrection of Christ.
A series of actors and figures in historical clothes parade among the astonished and moved audience, from the Chiesa di Sant'Anna and through the city streets. An open-air theater for six groups that recall the passion, death and the resurrection of Christ. Tragic scenes in which Maria dries the wounds of her son, the only actor with his face covered by a mask. A passionate and devoted procession follows the parade for its entire duration.
The Mysteries of Trapani: a 400-year-long procession.
From the Chiesa del Purgatorio, in the heart of the historic center of the city, on Holy Friday parades a procession of the devoted and musical bands that accompanies the 20 sacred groups: very heavy ancient wooden statues covered in canvas are carried on the shoulders of the devoted for 24 hours, on the notes of a funeral march. The march stops for a few hours at night: it starts again at dawn from the old center of the city, closing with the return of the statues in the Chiesa del Purgatorio.
The Holy Friday procession in the medieval Borgo. An intimate procession consisting of only 6 groups that starts from the Church of St.Orsola. A procession of monks in white tunics, embroidered in red, opens the religious event.
Eighteenth-century wooden statues, framed by flowers, stop in the Piazza della Loggia to return at sunset.
The Erice landscape with its ancients stones streets of and its many Churches make that moment particularly touching.