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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

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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

The only #carnival starting the day after Christmas and finishing the day before Ash Wednesday is #PutignanoCarnival, in the province of #Bari. This is a major Apulian #Carnevale and also one of the most popular, long-lasting and oldest in the whole Italy, dating back to 1394. Thanks to the parades of gigantic colorful floats with huge and funny #papiermâché statues, the fame of #Putignano carnival spread also abroad. #AriaLuxuryApulia #LuxuryVillaRentalsInPuglia