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2013 From The Palombella To Corpus Christi, Orvieto

2013 From the Palombella to Corpus Christi, Orvieto

Orvieto from 05/18/2013 to 06/08/2013
Type of event:
  • Art and Culture
  • Adventures, leisure and sport
  • Contest
  • Food, wine and festivals
  • Religious festivals
  • Festival
  • Folklore
  • Meetings and conferences
  • Markets and fairs
  • Exhibit
  • Music
  • Historical reenactments and tournaments
  • Theater


Orvieto and all the surrounding area waiting each year, with impatience and joy, the arrival of the period from Pentecost to the Feast of Corpus Christi. Among religious celebrations, historical parades, exhibitions, good food & good wine, theatre, markets and sports. For 2013 even more so, given the extraordinary Eucharistic Jubilee granted by Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the miracle of Bolsena. From May 18th to June 8th.

It starts Saturday, May 18th, 2013 (also on Sunday 19th, ed), from 10:00 to Piazza XXIX Marzo with Orvieto in Fiore - Nursery-Gardening Market-Exhibition "Se son Rose…". From 11:00, the competition "Balconies and showcases in Bloom" and the committees of the 4 quarters of Orvieto (Corsica, Stella, Serancia, Olmo) will decorate, with floral arrangements, Piazza Gualterio (S. Giuseppe), Piazza S. Andrea, Piazza S. Giovenale. From 22:30, historic centre, Notte in Fiore (Night in Bloom), with traveling music.

Prelude to the Festa della Palombella (Dove), May 19th, 2013 Piazza del Duomo, historical representation for the feast of Pentecost, which was established in the fifteenth century by the Monaldeschi family. At high noon the Capomastro of the Fabbrica del Duomo with a nod order, after receiving the "green light" by the Bishop who is on the Loggia of the Opera del Duomo, which are lit rockets on the back side of the spokes, so that the white dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit starts its descent along a steel cable stretched, from the base of the cupola of the Church of St. Francis to the Cenacolo set up in front of the main door of the Cathedral. The Cenacle reproduces the design of the Reliquary of St. Savino and is the work of the Sienese goldsmiths Ugolino di Vieri and Viva di Lando. When the Palombella ends its run, reaching the ground, "s'incendiano i mille botti" ("the thousand bottlerockets catch fire"), as picturesquely noted a chronicler: is, in fact, the outbreak of numerous firecrackers and on the head of the Virgin Mary and the Apostles, depicted in the act of prayer, light up the red flames spoken of in the Scriptures.
In the afternoon, from 17:00, Piazza del Popolo, "Palio della Palombella" with the Tournament of Crossbowmen. The Palio will be assigned based on the sum of the scores obtained in the challenge of the Infiorate and the Tournament of the Crossbowmen.

Also from May 19th, until June 2nd, 2013, the 8th edition of the Festival Internazionale d'Arte e Fede (International Art & Faith Festival) with exhibitions, shows, concerts, meetings and conferences. For further information

Among the "Claudio Faina" Museum and the National Archaeological Museum you can admire the exhibition: "Da Orvieto a Bolsena: un percorso tra Etruschi e Romani" ("From Orvieto to Bolsena: a path between Etruscans and Romans"). The exhibition traces, through more than a millennium of history, the events of the Etruscan city-state of Velzna - the last to fall into Roman hands after a long siege - and his heir Volsinii which received - on the heights of Lake Bolsena - the surviving inhabitants.

The last Sunday of every May, throughout Italy, takes place Cantine Aperte (Open Wine Cellars). Certainly can not fail to respond Orvieto with its fine wine: "A Tavola con il Vignaiolo" ("At Table with the Winemaker") Saturday, May 25th, 2013; "Cantine Aperte" (at those members) on Sunday May 26th. For more information about 2013 Cantine Aperte in Umbria you can read our piece about it.

On May 25th & 26 May Feast of the Madonna della Cava, the 2013 Festa dei Cavajoli. Masses, procession, food & wine, dancing and merriment by the cavajola community. Alongside you will find the poster, while the second link is the programme of the Feast.

On June 1st and 2nd space to the 2013 Festa del Corpus Domini. Out of curiosity and in-depth analysis look at this article on the Feast. For the 2013 programme, consult the .Pdf attachment at the bottom of the article.

In Montegabbione, Castel Fiori, "Archeoflora", 5th edition of the Mercatino del Fiore e del Giardinaggio (Flower & Gardening Market-Exhibition). From 09:00 to sunset on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013.

To close, June 8th, 2013 starting at 18:00, Piazza Duomo, "La Città del Corpus Domini" ("The City of Corpus Christi"):

  • until 19:30 re-enactment of a Medieval Feast with the Flag-wavers of the Villages and Sestieri Fiorentini and a game of chess with real people in costume between the City of Marostica and the City of Orvieto;

  • from 19:30 to 21:30 Medieval Dinner in the participating restaurants;
  • from 21:30, sagrato of the Duomo, the play of the Sacred Drama "Miracolo de lo Sacro Corporale" ("Miracle of the Holy Corporal").

For further information on "La Città del Corpus Domini" visit

Complete schedule of the 22 days of 2013 "Dalla Palombella al Corpus Domini" attached, with all the contact details.

Fabrizio Galeazzi