Easter Resurrection of Jesus
The Easter Week is really heartfelt by the inhabitants of Foiano, but it also fascinates those who don't live there thanks to a series of spectacular events that create a sense of holiness, mysticism and tradition that can be easily perceived along the narrow streets of this small town during that week.
The old Compagnia della Santissima Trinità (16th century) is a confraternity that is still involved in organizing the rituals held during the Holy Week at the Collegiate Church of San Martino.
The impressive ceremony of the Resurrection of Jesus (which takes place at midnight on Easter Saturday) is the main event.
This ritual dates back to the 1600s and is aimed at celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus with a wooden statue of 600 kg representing the Resurrected Christ that was made in 1681 and is now preserved during the year in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.
At the stroke of midnight, three hammer blows on the main door of the Collegiate Church announce the arrival of the statue carried on the shoulders of the men of the Confraternity wearing traditional clothes, who run along the nave of the church accompanied by a band, by the burst of firecrackers and loud shouts of joy and exultation of the believers attending the ceremony.
On Easter Sunday morning and on the following Tuesday the statue is carried on the shoulders in a procession along the streets of Foiano and once arrived at Piazz'Alta it is welcomed by 25.000 firecrackers that are connected to each other and burst quickly one after the other creating a long and incredibly powerful roll. That is why this event is commonly known as "The Roll".