Suggestions, itineraries and trivia: detail
July 23 2011
Luminaria di San Domenico
This year, once again, Praiano stages the wonderful Luminaria di San Domenico (Saint Domenic).
The people of Praiano celebrate this ancient tradition by lighting thousands of candles in honour of the saint of Santa Maria a Castro, perched high above
the town on the path of the gods (Sentiero Degli Dei).
This historical celebration began more than 400 years ago. The mother of San Domenico, on the night before his birth, dreamed of a dog with a flaming
torch in his mouth, symbolising that he would illuminate the world by spreading the word of God. At sunset during the days of the Luminaria, thousands
of candles and flaming torches illuminate the streets and piazzas of the town. The inhabitants decorate their window sills, terraces, and roofs with candles;
the youth of the town use flickering candles to create a magical design on the maiolica pavement of the Piazza San Gennaro (Vettica Maggiore).
The festival features a number of breathtaking performances centred around the theme of fire, and gastronomic evenings with traditional foods, recipes
and local produce. The 2011 festival opens with an extraordinary performance by the Compagnia dei Folli. This year, the anniversary of 150 years of the
unification of Italy, the Luminaria includes a special “Tricolore” (the colours of the Italian flag) evening. For the finale of the festival, the night of
August 4, miniature illuminated hot air balloons will be launched into the sky above Praiano.
The event is sponsored by the Region of Campania, the Province of Salerno, the CCIAA of Salerno, and the Regional Park of Monti Lattari.
The program has been prepared by the commune of Praiano and the Pelagos-Tourist Office, in collaboration with the Parish of San Gennaro.