Italy's Tuscany region is known for its celebrations and
festivals, and during the spring and summer months both residents and visitors
have an array of events to go to.
want to experience a festival that's both beautiful and traditional, you should
consider coming to Pisa to witness the Luminara
The Luminara takes place every June 16th
and with all of the Tuscany villas
that are available for rent
have a problem finding a place to stay.
La Luminara is a festival of lights that the entire city
The center of the city
lights up when 70,000 candles are lit when the sun starts to set.
The candles are placed in white wooden frames
called la biancheria
(a phrase that
literally translates to "the linens"), and they're hung on the
facades of the Palazzi of the Lungarno, bridges, and river banks.
The end result is breath
, and is more than worth the money and time spent to see the
The La Luminara is topped off every
year with a massive fireworks display from the Cittadella Vecchia.
Many people line up along the river to watch
it, and you get a small glimpse of the display here
The Celebrated Saint
The beautiful La Luminara celebration is done to honor
Saint Rainerius (commonly known as San Rainieri in Italy), the patron saint of
the city of Pisa and travelers. Saint
Rainerius was born as Rainerius Scacceri in 1115 in Pisa to a family of wealthy
family. Throughout his youth he was a
traveling minstrel, and he spent much of his later life traveling as well. According to the Catholic Church Rainerius
met a holy man named Alberto during his travels, a nobleman from Corsica who
left a lasting impact on Rainerius.
Despite being a nobleman Alberto wore a cloak make of rough animal hair,
and he joined the monastery of Saint Vitus in Pisa and became known for his
work with the poor.
Rainerius was so impressed by Alberto's story that he
became a devout Christian, gave up most of his wealth, and journeyed to the
Holy Land in 1146. While he was in the
Holy Land he lived as a hermit and beggar, he did penance for seven years and
reportedly experienced many visions and revelations during his time. Rainerius returned to Pisa in 1153 and
achieved fame and acclaim for his preaching skills. He was treated as a saint during his lifetime
because of his alleged performance of miracles and exorcisms. When he died in 1160 his body was carried
through the city streets and was laid to rest in the Duomo of Pisa.
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