La Ndocciata, the world’s greatest fire ritual


Saturday, December 8, 2018 in Agnone, Alto Molise, there is the spectacle of the parade of fire. An opportunity to visit the territory, its villages, traditions, ski slopes and archaeological sites. Starting from Borgotufi, the albergo diffuso of Castel del Giudice (IS).

Italy – In Alto Molise, when the air becomes biting, it is the time of the ‘Ndocciata’, the greatest fire ritual in the world, which has its roots in an ancestral tradition and which today is the most important tourist event in the winter in the Molise Apennines. A spectacular parade of huge torches, the ‘ndocce, on the evening of Saturday, December 8, 2018 illuminates the main street of Agnone (IS), a town of bells, crafts and dairy art, a few kilometers from Castel del Giudice (IS) and its cozy stone and wooden houses that make up, as in a crib, the hotel spread Borgotufi. At sunset and the sound of bells, around 18.00, thousands of people wait in the heart of Agnone that the bearers of the 5 districts of Agnone dressed in black hoods and hats and country clothes parade into the city, showing off on their shoulders the ‘ndocce, large flaming torches built by hand with fir wood and composed in rays. The procession begins with the smallest torches, the single ones, to amaze the spectators with ever-greater ‘ndocce fiocate’, which can exceed 20 torches and weigh 140 kg. Music and side events fill the weekend of the Immaculate Conception with magic. Borgotufi, in Castel del Giudice, on the border between Molise and Abruzzo, is in a strategic position to live the ‘Ndocciata and visit the characteristic villages of Altomolisani lit up by festivities, skiing in the resorts of Capracotta, loved for cross-country skiing, and Roccaraso (AQ) with its popular slopes and peaks, discover the ancient churches and museums of Agnone, immerse yourself in the ancient world of the Samnites in the archaeological areas of Pietrabbondante and Vastogirardi. For your stay there is Borgotufi, with its spacious and charming houses, the wellness center overlooking the woods – with heated whirlpool pool, waterfalls, sauna, turkish bath, emotional showers with chrome and aromatherapy, massage room -, the restaurant Ocrà Favola Molisana, where the Chef Alessandra Di Paolo formed by Niko Romito reinterprets in a modern key traditional dishes, including cheese, truffles and organic apples that are born in the apple orchard of Melise in Castel del Giudice. Borgotufi’s proposal “Flavours and Wellness” for 2 people, including buffet breakfast, welcome drink, night in the double apartments, entrance to the wellness center, dinner with 4-course menu, suggestions on historical-artistic and naturalistic itineraries is from 190 euros for 2 people per day.



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