The city of Matera is arranging for what is called “the longest  day of its citizen “.

The 627° edition of  “Festa della Bruna” is coming and walking through the streets of downtown you can feel the frenzy of the festival.

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Vittorio Veneto Square and Corso street, with thousands colored lights, seem belong to a fairy place.

And then the stands, the smells of toast almonds and cotton candy, the balloons, the merry – go – round that, even if  these things framing  to the event, make the Festa della Bruna even more special.

But July 2nd is just the top of this ancient festival, and among the many events that predate it, those absolutely not to be missed are:

Thursday, June 23rd:

7:30 p.m. San Francesco d’Assisi Church. Procession of the Sacred Image Of Maria SS. della Bruna e enthronement of the Sacred Image at the Cathedral;

9:30 p.m. → Square of the Triumphal Chariot (Piccianello District). Blessing  of Triumphal Chariot given by Monsignor Antonio Giuseppe Caiazzo;

10:15 p.m. Fireworks upon the ravine.


Wednesday, June 29th:

 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. →  Aliano City marching band  will play around the city;

6:00 p.m.  – 00:00 p.m. Aliano City Orchestra will play in Vittorio Veneto Square;

9:00 p.m. → Lighting  of illuminations , with play of light and sound, edited by award winning firm Antonio Santoro from Alessano


Friday, July 1st:

10:00 a. m. → Don L. Sturzo  street ( S. Paolo Church). Meeting point of the Knights and parade through  the streets of downtown.