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Gubbio (Umbria): Corso dei Ceri (Running of the Candles)

May 15, 2025

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of May, repeating indefinitely


One of Italy’s oldest and weirdest traditions, Corso dei Ceri, or “Running of the Candles,” takes place once a year on May 15th in the picturesque Umbrian town of Gubbio. Three “candles” (actually 30 foot-high wooden pillars) crowned with statues of saints are paraded around the town by “ceraiuoli” and then run up the streets of Gubbio to the Basilica of Saint Ubaldo which overlooks the town. Must see to believe!

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