Last week it was the feast day of San Biagio (Saint Blaise) on February 3rd. Amalfi’s second largest church, which you can see in the photo above, is dedicated to this saint, and there is a long tradition of celebrations and processions. The Church of San Biagio is not open very often, and I had been told one of the few days during the year you could see it was on the feast day. So I was naturally disappointed, along with many people, to learn that the traditions had been changed this year. The statue of San Biagio was moved from the church down to the Duomo of Amalfi where the masses were held. Hopefully next year things will be back to normal. But, in the meantime, here is a taste of the celebrations on the evening of February 3rd. Below is the processional statue of San Biagio with the apse of the Duomo of Amalfi in the background.
It was threatening rain, so the procession of the San Biagio statue from the Duomo to the Church of San Biagio happened quickly. Here is a short video of the statue descending the grand staircase of the Duomo: