RUSSI (Ravenna)

Fairs, Festivals and Celebrations


The "Sett dulur" is the main fair in Russi and the only one witch involves peoples coming from the whole region. It has got religious origins, byt during the centuries it developed mainly its civil and entertainment aspects. The celebration of the Virgin of the Seven Sorrows dates back to the settling of the Serviti Friars in Russi and to the consequent creation of their brotherhood. According to the archives, the settling dates back to the end of the 16th century, but the veneration of Our Lady of Sorrows began later, namely with the pope Innocenzo III in 1688. However, according to some documents, the first celebration of Our Lady of Sorrows in Russi took place with a procession in 1671. Documents about the end  of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th centuries have not been found.
The first suce information about the celebration appear in the annals of the brotherhood of the Seven Sorrows. From the end of the 18th until the beginning of the 19th century, the celebration focused more on the civil then on the religious aspect, so that interest for the festivity grew not only in the village, but also in the surrounding area. A small fair taking place during the days of  the celebration was a major factor in the growing of the popular partecipation.
In 1864, after the Unit of Italy, the new local Government decided to abolish some religious festivities. Is kept, however, the festivity of Our Lady of Sorrows wich had become, by the time, more commercial than religious. Typical attractions of the celebration were fireworks, the Berber horses race and the concert which took place Sunday in the central square of Russi.
During the years, the local government focused its attention more on the commercial aspect of the festivity which had become an attraction for the whole Romagna.
In 1951 the name of the fair changed from fiera to sagra to stress the civil nature of it. Celebrations lost part of their grandeur in the period between World War I and World War II, although the fascism tried to received it. In the Sixties the Pro Loco (the local tourisme office) and the local government revived the popularity of the Fair of the Seven Sorrows through a series of manifestations and shows. This fairs is popular also for same characteristic dishes and wines such as "bel e cot" and "canena nova". The "fira" takes place in the third week of september.


Every year meet in the central square of Russi where representatives from different Nations celebrate their popular traditions together  with the music, tales and the cerimonies  which unite different communities. It is a very evocative cultural event which  take place during the first  weekend of august (3 days in Russi and 3 days in the surrounding villages). The festival is promoted by "Canterini Romagnoli Città di Russi", a folk group born in 1935 who aims at perpetuating traditions through the revival of old songs and dances.
This festival is very successful thanks to the entusiastics participation of folk groups from the whole world.


Village fair which takes place on the first Sunday of October.


Village fair which takes place on the second Sunday of October.


Village fair which takes place on the third Sunday of October.


Village fair which takes place on the fourth Sunday of October.


National sport event which takes place on the first Sunday of April.

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