21 September – Feast of the city of Salerno

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On 21 September in Salerno we celebrate the feast of San Matteo, the patron saint of the city.

The feast starts at 6:00 p.m.: some of the most important streets of the city are closed to traffic, to allow the passage of the procession, which:
– leaves from the Cathedral,
– walks through the historic center,
– arrives on the main street (Corso Vittorio Emanuele),
– and goes back to Via Roma (the road between the historic center and the waterfront).
– Finally the procession returns inside the Cathedral.

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This is a very beautiful procession to see, especially the first part, in the afternoon, which takes place in the small streets of the historic center.

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Many people flock to the streets of the center, and after dinner, wait for midnight on the waterfront to watch a beautiful fireworks show.

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