Festa del Sole
The Sun Festival is an event that takes place every year during the second half of July, one of the many opportunities that Rieti offers to its citizens, spending one week all together along the banks of the Velino River.
For over 50 years, the Sun Festival has seen the districts of the city competing in water games, the Velino River as the main character, culminating in the most important competition that is the Palio della Tinozza.
Particularly loved by all the citizens and tourists who come back every year to enjoy this unique show, the event attracts around 5000 spectators each year, including the representatives of the Japanese delegation from Ito. It was an article published by the Gazzetta dello Sport in 1979 to highlight an analogy with the Japanese city. Here the journalist talked about an event called the Wooden Bath Festival in which participants gave life to an aquatic competition with wooden boats, very similar to those of our local Sun Festival. This proximity led the Sun Festival Committee to contact the Japanese Embassy in Rome, until the official twinning that took place on March 27th 1985. Always related to the Sun Festival is the twinning with another city, Saint-Pierre-lès -Elbeuf, in France.