Rocca Priora, the snow falls in August on one of the most beautiful traditions of the Castelli Romani
Can it snow in August? In Rocca Priora it has been happening for more than 400 years with a show driven by the strength of devotion entirely dedicated to the Madonna della Neve (Madonna of the Snow). One of the most evocative processions in the province of Rome returns on 6 August, at the end of a religious festival that this year will begin on 3 August. Since 1600, propitiating copious snowfalls was vital for the people of Rocca Priora. Since then, in fact, a flourishing industry of all-natural ice began in the highest village of the Castelli Romani, which was then sold in Rome to guarantee refrigeration when refrigerators did not exist. The snow was collected and stored in special wells.
Saturday 6 August procession and snowfall
The highlight of the festival is Saturday 6 August. At 6.30 pm Mass presided over by Father Enrico Matta begins. At the end the solemn procession that will end with the traditional snowfall and with the act of entrusting to the Madonna of the Snow.
For those who want to stay for dinner
For those who want to enjoy a dinner outdoor in Rocca Priora there is the NEVIcando event: every evening from 5 to 7 August, from 8 pm, street food along via degli Olmi and live music.
Rocca Priora and unspoiled nature
Rocca Priora is a community that lives in close symbiosis with its natural landscape. There is not only the Madonna della Neve to testify it. But also the famous Narcissus Festival, a festival that every year in May is dedicated to the spontaneous flower that floods the valleys with white every spring.