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The Catholic rites of the Holy Week leading up to #Easter. They are celebrated in every town of #Apulia, #Italy with processions with statues, corteges of veiled women, hooded men flanked by silent, engrossed crowds and solemn funereal music played by bands. Here the Desolate Madonna procession in Gallipoli, with hooded confraternities members. By #AriaLuxuryVillas #LuxuryVillaItaly

An impressive happening in the #Apulia region is #Cavalcata di Sant’Oronzo in the majestic city #Ostuni, in the province of #Brindisi. Taking place on August 26th, the festival’s schedule includes a procession with the silver statue of Sant’Oronzo, the patron saint of Ostuni, along the narrow streets of the city and an imposing horse riding parade with around 40 horsemen in the beautiful costumes of knights. #AriaLuxuryApulia #LuxuryVillasApuliaItaly

One of the most fascinating ancient #Catholicrites takes place in Taranto, #Puglia. When #GoodFriday comes, the members of the Brotherhood in #Taranto - barefoot and in white robes with hoods, hiding totally their faces apart from two slits for their eyes - carry the statues representing Stations of the Cross along the ancient route of the city from midnight till dawn. #AriaLuxuryApulia #LuxuryRetreatsInPuglia

#Pizzica is a traditional folk dance from #Apulia, #Italy. Pizzica means "itch" and it is related to the supposed effect of a #Tarantula spider bite on women, called "tarantate" as a synonim to "possessed". Following a funk of symptoms like vomiting, delirium and paranoia, the cure was the rite of the tarantula, which involved trance-dancing the pizzica, for days on end.Today pizzica has evolved in steps and meaning, involving sociality and sensuality. #Arialuxuryvillas #LuxuryHolidaysItaly

Scarcella - An Italian dessert eaten in #Apulia region at #Easter time: 'scarcella', a baked cake with an whole egg inside, given to wish good luck and prosperity. #AriaLuxuryVillas #LuxuryHolidaysItaly