The traditional celebrations of Festa de Noantri 2011 in Rome

The most famous celebration in Rome is yet to come. As every year, the Festa de Noantri, the occasion bound to Rome’s traditions, will crowd one of the most popular districts in Roeme: Trastevere.

Festa de Noantri (namely, “Our Celebration” in opposition to “you, who live in other districts…” is a summer event celebrated by the Trastevere inhabitants, one of the most beautiful districts in Rome. It is celebrated in honor of Beata Vergine del Carmelo between July 15th and 30th in Trastevere and it’s without any doubt one of the most expected celebrations in Rome.

The event dates back to 1535. The legend says that after a frightening storm, some fishermen found on the river Tevere’s banks a precious cedar wood statue representing the Virgin Mary. The statue was brought and safeguarded in the Church of St. Crisogono and became the Madonna procuress of Trastevere inhabitants. Since then, every year a procession carried the famous statue around the streets, followed by a crowd, where many tables were set in order to eat and drink wine.

So, following the steps of history and tradition, Trastevere once again is getting ready for the celebrations, the procession, concerts and many other initiatives that will take place from 17th July, among the many stalls selling handicrafts and sweets and several fortune-tellers.

All the events in piazza Santa Maria will be free for participants, where there will be folk music concerts and stornelli (a kind of improvised, simple poetry, similar to a carol). In addition, many theatre performances and shows for children. All events will take place in piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, but also in the surrounding areas – piazza di San Cosimato, via della Renella, piazza dei Mercanti, piazza Trilussa and via della Penitenza.

Among the bands performing for the occasion, we remind you on 17th and 24th July the Stornellatori. The concert will begin at 9 p.m. in Largo Giovanni de Matha I nfront of the cinema Reale in viale Trastevere.

You’ll find this and much more in the most beautiful city in the world: Rome. If you haven’t yet visited Rome, this is a wonderful occasion for doing it.

If you wish to have more information about this and other events in Rome, please have a look at this practical online guide to Rome: About Rome.

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