The procession, dedicated to San Basso, patron saint of Termoli, is very suggestive as it takes place at sea. On 3 and 4 August each year the statue of San Basso is carried in procession from the Cathedral and, through the old town, to the sea.
The origin of the celebration dates back to 1761, when a sarcophagus containing the relics of San Basso was found during the restoration of the cathedral of Termoli. However, according to legend, the saint’s remains were found in a marble sarcophagus in the sea. It is not surprising that in a town whose economy was based essentially on fishing: the legend had a propitiatory value for the protection from the dangers of the sea and for the success of fishing.
This evocative procession takes place every year on 3 and 4 August. It is a heartfelt celebration: the devotion to San Basso is still very strong among the inhabitants of Termoli. The statue of San Basso is carried in procession from the Cathedral to the port, where it will be embarked on a boat.
Thus begins the procession at sea, with many boats full of worshipers and tourists following the statue of the saint. Once offshore, a wreath of flowers is thrown into the water and, after the sound of the sirens, it returns to the port.
The festivities continue until the next day, with a splendid fireworks at midnight.