Art & Culture

The return of the Historical Procession of Tramonti

On July 30 and 31 will take place in Polvica the historical reenactment of the episodes that saw the communities of the “green lung” of the Amalfi Coast as participants in the events related to the Battle of Sarno

By Editors

After two years of silence due to the pandemic, the reenactment of the Historical Pageant returns to Polvica, a hamlet of Tramonti, on July 30 and 31. In its 11th edition, the event conceived and created by Professor Domenico Taiani, secretary of the Gete Association, brings back to life the events that took place in 1460, when the population helped King Ferrante of Aragon find refuge in the homes of citizens following the defeat of the Battle of Sarno. 

A new format

“This year,” the history-loving professor reports, “the format is a little different. In past years the event was spread over three days. The opening of the event hosted a conference that brought together professors from the Federico II University of Naples and those from the University of Salerno, who highlighted the historical importance of the events in Tramontina, which was followed by the swearing-in of the captains of the 13 teams that would participate in the palio. On the second day, however, the tug-of-war was held, a true competitive competition of my invention that brought together all 13 hamlets in the square of Polvica. Finally, the third day was dedicated to the parade of the historical procession.” 

A moment of the historical procession, photo by Teo Giunchiglia

The investiture of the knights

The 2022 edition will take place over two evenings. There will be no shortage of convivial moments where specific products can be tasted, including Tramonti’s pizza, pasta, chickpeas, cheeses, and excellent local wine. July 30 will see the flag-wavers, and the investiture of the 13 knights of Tramonti staged in Polvica’s main pizza. “Thanks to the generous hospitality of the people of Tramonti who had protected King Ferrante at the end of the 15th century, he granted them privileges, namely the elimination of duties to the entire population. During the inauguration, they will read the document celebrating this important moment for the entire town of Tramonti will be read,” Taiani explains. Following the commemoration, actors from the New Horizons Association, the Cesarano theater group, and the La Fenice Intra Montes Association will stage the historical facts of the Battle of Sarno in a theater performance. 

The parade

On Sunday, however, it will be the turn of the historical parade. “Our women sewed the dresses on parade. When we started, we had 30, then over the years, the number increased. We did research work to recover ancient designs and models, not only of the dresses but also of the weapons, which we then had built in some local steel mills,” the professor continues. From the steps of the Convent of St. Francis, the procession, which includes knights, courtesans, and other characters who will show themselves following King Ferrante, will head to Piazza Polvica or better known as Piazza del sedile (seat), “where once,” Taiani points out, “the nobles sat on one side, the bourgeois on the other, and the commoners on yet another side. It will end in a veritable celebration that pays homage to the role Tramonti played in the history of the Kingdom of Naples. 

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