Today we will meet our guide who will take us to admire the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) in Agrigento.
We will also visit the Valley of The Temples, which house the remains of a Greek colony. These ancient Greek structures have miraculously survived 24 centuries of history. We will see the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor & Pollux and finally the rocky hill where the medieval town was built.
Lunch in a restaurant with a view of the temples included.
In the afternoon we will drive to Caltanissetta to admire the Black Christ procession.
The Black Christ is certainly the oldest simulacrum of Caltanissetta, the principal protector of the town until 1625, when the title was given to Saint Michael the Archangel for saving the town from plague. But the unchanged feeling of veneration, generation after generation, still proclaims the Black Christ as the “Lord of the Town”. According to tradition, the crucifix was found by two countrymen in a cave between two lit candles. Since then, the little crucifix has attracted so many votive candles their smoke darkened it over the centuries – so much that is now known as the “Black Christ”.
On Holy Friday, at sunset, the crucifix, is placed in a golden crown-shaped canopy. It is then carried on the shoulders of the bare-footed figliamari-fogliamari (pickers of wild plants) from the sanctuary. This is the most important tradition of the entire community: the whole Real Maestranza, the Bishop, the entire Clergy, including the various religious congregations, and the town administration, open the way to the Black Christ. The procession slowly crosses the streets of the town center, as the fogliamari spread incense and break the silence with their sorrowful ladate, biblical lamentations in an archaic dialect.
Dinner is included. Return to Agrigento and overnight stay.