It is one of the most important tourist places in
In the past it was a relevant “municipium romanum” and it is to that time that the ruins of the old theater are back, (don’t miss them!) and the villas with wonderful mosaic floors.
In the center of the town, beyond the ducal medieval palace, the Cathedral dedicated to St Pardo and the Assumption deserves a tour.
The church consecrated in 1319 is considered one of the most significant example of religious architecture of XIII and XIV century in Mid Italy.
In front of its façade, the visitor will be astonished by the beauty of the majestic portal, the unusual 13 rays rose window formed of thirteen different workmanship columns and the lightness of the two double lancet windows.
On the inside during the restoration works in 1952, some 1300s frescos were found out, portraying St Ursula amidst virgins, martyrs and saints.
Valuable is the walnut wooden choir and the bishop yellow and green marble throne.
Beyond its art beauties this town is famous even for the production of a top quality oil, made from a native olive plant named “Gentile di Larino” and this allows the town a membership in the National Association “Città dell’Olio".
The amphitheatre is situated in the core of the old Larinum and it was built up between the 80 and the
The structure, of a 18,000 spectator capacity, is partially dug into tuff for about six meters and the other part is constituted of elevated walls bodies.
It has a elliptical shape, with the four doors disposed at the end of the two axes, of which the northern one, the Gladiators Gate allowing the access to the cortege preceding the games and the exit for the winning gladiators, while the southern one serving as an exit for the killed animals during the shows and the bodies of dead gladiators.
The arena boarded by a draining channel is impressive, with at the center a squared ditch use for the animals’ cages lifting.
The aisle reserved to noble people, formed of two topped stone steps, is posed at about two meters high from the core of the arena.
Keeping on going up, one firstly finds six staircases dug into tuff and destined to the knights, then even upper and only on the north-western side, what it remains of the elevated structure.
Nothing remained of the “summa cavea”, constructed presumably with wooden boards.
Other than the Roman building the diggings have brought to light also a very ancient necropolis (VIII-VI century B.C.) and other finds of Hellenic-archaic era.
May 25-26-27 St. Pardo Feast
During the festivity days the small streets of the town are invaded by a carts procession pulled by oxen richly decorated, evocating the St Pardo’s relics translation occurred in 842.
According to the legend the people from Larino, saved from a destruction of their hometown by the Arabs, decided to go to Lesina in order to get the St. Martyrs from Larino relics, the brothers Primiano, Firmiano and Casto.
Before the dispute with Lesina residents, they went through a sepulchre containing St Pardo’s body, so they decided to nominate him as their protector.
As they got the urn with the Saint’s remains on a farm cart pulled by two oxen and trimmed with flowers, they went back to Larino.
The festivity starts on May 25 at the sunset when the carts cortege, decorated with handmade flowers with extreme mastery, by the women of the town, moves from the historical center to St Primiano church.
Here St Primiano image is withdrawn that subsequently is taken to the Cathedral, where the other statues of the venerated saints are already set up.
This is one of the most touching moment, because the darkness of the night is enlightened by the thousands of lamps illuminating the carts, creating such an impressive sight.
On May 26 the carts procession, stretches out in the alleys surrounding the old village and is concluded with the saints, only the male ones, carried on shoulders.
Among these, the last one to walk is St Pardo, as a memory of when his remains arrived in town.
On the 27, the last carts procession reaches again St. Primiano church. At the head on the first cart, St Pardo’s effigy, followed by St.Primiano, who is put back in the church consecrated to him.
The return to town of the carts marks the ending of the celebrations.
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