On August 28 and 29 each year, the city of L'Aquila renews the solemn ritual of "Perdonanza Celestiniana", the perpetual plenary indulgence that Celestine V granted to all the faithful of christianity.
Pietro Angeleri, this was his secular name, had spent many years of hermitic life, especially in a cave on Mount Morrone, above Sulmona, receiving from his devotees the title of "Pietro del Morrone".
On July 5, 1294, he was appointed by the conclave gathered in Perugia as successor to Pope Niccolò IV, whose death (1292) had left his vacancy for more than two years. Pietro, from the hermitage of Sant'Onofrio al Morrone where he had retired, moved to L'Aquila having King Charles II of Anjou and his son Carlo Martello as squires.
Those who confessed and sincerely repented, from the vespers of August 28 to the vespers of the 29th, devotedly visiting the Basilica of Saint Mary of Collemaggio, would receive simultaneously the remission of their sins and the absolution from the punishment.
In modern times, more and more side events and festivities enriched the "Perdonanza Celestiniana", greatly increasing visibility at national and international level. Concerts, theater performances and parades in historical costumes are occur throughout the "Holy Week" period with thausends of people pouring in the streets of the historic center. You can not miss this magnificent event amongst the most beautiful in Abruzzo!
This year's program includes numerous spaces dedicated to exhibitions and musical performances in the center as well as the neighboring municipalities: from San Pio delle Camere, with its renowned saffron production, to Fagnano, passing through the Dragons Tracks, a fantasy festival that draws passionates from all the Region and much more! As a specialside-event the Jazz Day is a massive all around the city stage with hundreds concerts, artistic expositions and street artists exhibiting in the most beautiful places of L'Aquila, from the 99 Cannelle to Collemaggio and the Spanish Castle including dozens other medieval palaces and squares.
Over 30.000 people are expected each year for the Perdonanza Celestiniana.. you can't miss this!!