As the legend goes, after a terrible storm some local fisherman found a historic Madonna statue on the banks of the Tiber. The statue was given to the Carmelite monks and held in the Church San Crisogono in Piazza Sonnino, in the heart of Trastevere. The statue has since been moved a few times until its modern location in the Church of Saint Agatha on Largo S. Giovanni de Matha. The statue is removed just once a year, the first saturday after the celebration of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel on July 16th. The statue is decorated and paraded through the streets of Trastevere from the Church of Saint Agatha to the Church of Saint Crisogono, where it stays for 8 days. It is then returned to the Church of Saint Agatha by boat on the Tiber River.
The celebration is one of the most markedly Roman holidays during the year. In fact, the word “Noantri” is roughly translates to “ours” in Italian, a feeling that represents the local pride for the holiday.
The holiday is marked by both religious and non-religious events. Religious events include special masses at Church of Saint Agata and mass at Church of Saint Crisogono. Non-religious events include performances by local groups and musicians, acts for all different age groups, that take place both on stage and in piazza.
For more information about the program, visit the official website (Italian only): festadenoantri.it (the full program for 2017 should be published by July 13, 2017)
There are two parades during the holiday, one that removes the statue of the Madonna from Church of Saint Agata to that of Saint Crisogono, and the second to return it. You can see the 2017 parade routes below:
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