The Night of Lights – Scorrano
5-8 July. Fairy-tale atmosphere in honor of Santa Domenica.
The Night of Lights (Notte delle Luci) is the feast held in honor of Santa Domenica, patron saint of the town, from July 5 until July 8, 2018, in Scorrano, 35 km from Lecce.
According to the legend, Santa Domenica appeared around year 1600 in an old lady’s dream to announce that she would become the patron saint of Scorrano. As a sign of protection, she said that she was going to free the town from a terrible plague epidemic. To spread the voice of this miracle, the sick, once cured, should have lit oil lamps and put them by the windows. In a short time, the plague was eradicated.
In memory of the miracle, the citizens of Scorrano turn the lights on to thank Santa Domenica.
Over the years the Night of Lights has become more and more popular and it is now one of the main events in the Apulian Summer.
Every year thousands of visitors come to Scorrano to admire the wonderful light installations made by maestri dell’arte delle parature for the occasion. The huge structures are covered by thousands of colored light bulbs and reproduce some of the most famous monuments in the world, such as the Colosseum, the Tower Bridge or the Eiffel Tower.
A unique event that has earned Scorrano the title of World Capital of Illuminations.