The town of Limina

Tourism in Limina

The Feast of San Filippo d'Agira

Limina, placed on southern mounts Peloritani, gets its origins in the Middle Ages. The name probably derives from limen (bound), referred to its geographic location between the area of Messina and Taormina.

The inhabited centre houses the Church of San Filippo d'Agira, which was rebuilt in 1930 on the place of a previuos temple dating back to the XVIII century. Few kilometres from Limina, in the village of Murazzo, raises the Sanctuary dedicated to the same Saint. History refers that St. Philip, on his trip from Rome to Agira, stopped nearby a small town and founded a Christian Community.

Limina celebrates St. Philip with an evocative feast which takes place in the days 11, 12, and 20 of May and on 16 August.

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Feast of San Filippo d'Agira

The first day, 11 May, the imposing statue of the Saint passes among people brought by the believers who, with measured steps, get to the Sanctuary in the village of Murazzo. On 12 May and 16 August, the procession passes along the town streets.

The "ottava" (eighth), that is 20 May, the feast expects, in the afternoon, the spectacular run to simulacre which is "portato" (brought) to mounts Calvario and Durbi.
The ascent to Mount Calvario and the later descent from it give a particular visual effect the very imposing statue dangerously swings since it has to pass with impetus an elevated level. The way is appropriately cleared and protected to grant the security of the event.

Up to 1944 the celebration expected the so-called "ddutta", that is a fight, a sort of throw with rope between the factions of handicraftsmen and shepherds.
According to the ancient interpretation, the procession of St. Philip at a run recalls the escape of Limina's inhabitants who after having stolen the miraculous statue of the Saint from the Church of Casalvecchio brought it in their Church.

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