THE TOWN HALL
One of the most beautiful in the region, the 11th-12th Century Town Hall building has a row of magnificent swallowtail battlements in its facade. The beauty of the clock tower belies the fact that it was formerly used as a prison for those sentenced to death. An elegant portico on the ground floor, and loggia above, supported by a row of travertine columns, complete the facade.
The Church of Santa Maria della Rocca
At the edge of town, imposing and proud in its magical environment, austere guardian of the secrets and virtues of the town, the Church of Santa Maria della Rocca is tangible evidence of the elegance and splendor with which the Benedictine monks surrounded themselves.
THE CARNIVAL OF OFFIDA
« Lu bov’ fint and Li Vlurd »
Offida reveals its particularly playful and even somewhat wild side in the festivities of carnival, the week prior to Lent. In fact, there is something sacred and mystical in the way in which carnival is celebrated in Offida. The people of Offida prepare for carnival as if preparing for a ritual. The main events are “Lu Bov Fint,” which is celebrated on the last Friday before lent, and “Li Vlurd”, which is celebrated on Shrove Tuesday.
In Offida, the tradition of handmade lace has been preserved and handed down through the generations. This rhythmic interweaving of bobbins around pins in a cushion is raised to the level of artistry in Offida. The traditional altar cloths, table centres, and bed covers are worked with patience and passion. Through the innovations of younger generations of lace makers, one can also now find Offida lace in items such as clothing, jewellery and handbags.