In the province of Rieti, one of the most noteworthy performances of the Passion of Christ is that of Cittaducale, one of the most impressive villages on the border with Abruzzo. The event has very ancient roots and took place during the sixteenth century when these territories were ruled by the Madama, Margaret of Austria. The tradition was then interrupted only to resume a few years ago.
The performance of the final scenes of the life of Christ is staged thanks to the work of the citizens and is one of the most anticipated events by the faithful for its religious and historical characteristics.
The traditional procession over time has taken on the appearance of a traveling theatre show where in various areas of the town scenes are set up that tell the most significant moments of the Passion of Christ: the last supper, the olive grove, the arrest, the flagellation, the crucifixion, up to the procession with the Dead Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows.
The scenes are both recited and sometimes narrated to increase the emotional involvement of the spectators. The episodes and dialogues are closely linked to the evangelical narrative. The characters represented wear traditional vintage clothes, cared for down to the smallest detail.