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The medieval town of Gubbio, in Umbria, hosts its “Festa dei Ceri” festival on May 15.

The festival reaches its climax with the Ceri race — the festival is also known as Corsa dei Ceri (The Ceri Race). The event, that may appear weird to visitors, is surrounded by an incredible festive spirit. Below a video of Corsa dei Ceri.

When: May 15 (annual)
Where: Gubbio (Umbria)


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»» Major Historic Festivals in Italy: Festa dei Ceri in Gubbio

If you happen to be visiting Umbria in May, the “Festa dei Ceri” is an event not to be missed. It’s a festival also known as Corsa dei Ceri — Ceri race — held on May 15 in the medieval town of Gubbio, in Umbria.

It offers a chance to visit one of the best preserved historic towns in Italy, while also attending a very spectacular and exuberant ritual.

The festival reaches its climax with the Ceri race, when three teams of 20 fit men assemble amidst complex ritual procedures to race three heavy wooden statues on palanques up through the city to the cathedral on top of Mount Ingino.
(View a video of Ceri Race of Gubbio)

When: May 15 (annual)
Where: Gubbio (Umbria)
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»» Historic Festivals in Umbria: Ceri Race in Gubbio

The date of May 15 has been a very special day for the town of Gubbio since ancient times. It’s the day of “Festa dei Ceri“. A day local residents are waiting an entire year for. The climax of this historic festival is the Corsa dei Ceri — Ceri race.

Gubbio - Ceri Race
(photo by phitarCC license)

It is an incredible spectacle. Three teams of 20 people compete in a race carrying three heavy wooden statues — of three saints, on palanques up through the city to the cathedral on top of Mount Ingino.

The origins of this weird ritual are unknown. Most common theory links the festival to the patron saint of the city, Saint Ubaldo, a bishop who died in 1160. According to other theories the origins are to be found in pagan celebrations of Ceres, the Roman goddess of the harvest, later appropriated by Christian tradition.

The atmosphere during the race is incredible. Better than words, this video about the start of Ceri Race may help to know what happens in Gubbio during this event.
: May 15 (annual)
Where: Gubbio (Umbria)
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»» Historic Festivals in Umbria: Festa dei Ceri in Gubbio

The medieval town of Gubbio, in Umbria, is hosting the Festa dei Ceri, on May 15. This festival is an event unique, drawing in Gubbio crowds from all over the world.

For those who are visiting Umbria this period, it is an event not to be missed.

The climax of the festival, is the Corsa dei Cerithe Ceri race. Basically, three teams of 18-20 fit men race three heavy wooden statues (the Ceri) representing three saints of the city on palanques up through the city to the cathedral on top of Mt. Ingino.
The ritual race is surrounded by an incredible festive spirit, and the various trappings, decorations and ceremonies are full of life.

- See Gubbio on the (interactive map).
Find accommodations in Umbria.


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