We continue with a walk around the old village centre, which developed around the abbey, with narrow streets and stone houses, with doorways still decorated with medieval symbols and doors that afford breathtaking views of the Val d'Orcia. For Christmas Fiaccole are lit here: large wooden torches that burn during the night of Christmas Eve, around which residents gather to drink and sing together. The tradition is perhaps a pagan one, which is believed to date back to before the year 1000.
Easter has its traditions too: on Good Friday along the streets of Abbadia the Giudeata takes place. The passion procession of Christ on the cross in which local people dress up as Roman soldiers on horseback as well as figures in the Passion. Children hold illuminated paper balls in their hands, lights that also hang in village windows.