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Experience the Festival of the Lilies

  • Participants min 4, max 6
  • Investment 80,00 euro
    (Children 80,00 euro)
  • Duration 05:00 h.
  • Days Sunday
  • Timetable 09:00 - 14:00
  • Location Nola
About the experience "Experience the Festival of the Lilies"

This experience begins at 8:45 am, meeting in the atrium of the municipal buildings. Your Local will guide you to the viewing of the "first raising" of one of the obelisks- named the Lily, during which the streets in the centre of the city begin to fill with crowds to bursting point. Anticipated for the entire year, it is a powerfully moving moment. At the end of the second verse of the ballad, on an upbeat note, the Lilies are raised to the sky, marking the start of a wonderful performance that involves the whole city, in a collective rite, and continues until the Monday morning. 


The experience then continues in a private location: a building from whose balconies you can watch the famous "Ballad of the Lilies and the Boat". This s a significant event, where a silver bust (dating back to 1700) is brought from inside the church out into the streets for a brief procession, passing by the lilies that line the side of the square and the boat that is positioned in the centre. The Bishop then proceeds with the solemn blessing of these structures. A decisive moment, it signals the arrival of the floats -giant light-adorned towers- one by one, and in no particular order, carried on the shoulders of 120 men (the “Paranza”) and to the rhythm of music, giving life to a show that is unique in this world. The entire ritual is seen from our privileged position overlooking a square overflowing with an oceanic crowd.

The experience will end with a tradition Nolan lunch..

Festa dei Gigli (Festival of Lilies) di Nola

The Festival of Lilies is a popular Catholic celebration that takes place every year at Nola on the occasion of the patron saint celebration dedicated to San Paolino. With this event the Nolani recall the return to the city of Pontius Meropio Paolino from the captivity by the barbarians in the first half of the fifth century. The party is part of the “Celebrations of big shoulder-borne processional structures”, which has been inserted since December 2013 in the UNESCO’s Oral and Intangible Heritage.

The festival takes place on June 22nd every year, if it falls on Sunday or the next, if midweek day, and consists of the dancing procession of the 8 Lilies and the Boat. Wooden obelisks are named after the ancient arts and crafts corporations.

The Lilies and the Boat go along a traditional path perched in the oldest nucleus of the city at the rhythm of original pieces and reinterpretations drawn from the Neapolitan, Italian and international musical traditions performed by a musical band placed on the basis of the structure. The event covers the entire course of the day. During the morning, the Lilies and the Boat are transported to Piazza Duomo, the main square of Nola, where the bishop is solemnly blessed.

Program and information

8:45 am, meeting in the atrium of the town hall with Antonio, a Local Nolano who will accompany you through the streets of the center of Nola to watch the "first lift" of one of the Lilies

11:00 am you will be accompanied, on the terrace of a historic building, from which you can see the famous "Ballad of the Lilies and the Boat" from a privileged position

At 2.00 pm the experience will end with a tasty meal based on local products in one of the downtown venues.

Experience the Festa dei Gigli together with Antonio, who will accompany you to the most lively places of the party, making your experience unique and unforgettable! Become a Nolano for a day!

Adherence to the 'Safe Welcome' protocol defined in the risk assessment document in accordance with Legislative Decree 2008/81 and subsequent amendments, in order to mitigate the risk of transmission of infection from Covid-19 within locations, tourist accommodation facilities and indoor and outdoor environments, with the aim of protecting the health and safety of guests, customers, collaborators, partners.