On the calendar for the people of Lucca as they take to the streets holding candles to celebrate the Luminaria di Santa Croce. It was lost at some time during the 8 th century but made its way home to Lucca in Since the 11 th century, Countless Christians and religious figures have made a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of San Martino to pay homage to the sculpture, and it has become a well-known symbol of Lucca. The Volto Santo is paraded through the medieval streets of Lucca along with other religious and ancient artefacts as the pageant passes from the Basilica of San Frediano to the Duomo. People line the streets holding candles aloft to light the way and watch the procession. During the afternoon of the day of the festival, workmen toil to install candles on the facades of the buildings that line the procession route.
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What is the Holy Face?
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The September Lucchese
Find the experience that's right for you. Find places to sleep during your trip. Every year, the city of Lucca celebrates Santa Croce in great style. The events begin on the evening of September 13 with the evocative Luminara di Santa Croce held through the streets of the historic center. For the occasion, the streets and squares are lit up with thousands of lights and candles, while people in medieval costume parade through and mix with the onlookers.
But to say that Lucca is worth the side trip is a gross understatement. The kids and I recently spent a gorgeous September weekend there, soaking in the Lucchese spirit on one of its most festive weekends of the year- the weekend when they celebrate the annual Luminara di Santa Croce. Each year on September 13th, cherry picker cranes can be seen in the narrow streets of Lucca, hoisting workers as they set up tiny votive candles along every ledge and windowsill in town.