Candelara is a small village in the municipality of Pesaro, in the Marche Region, where mountains and hills gently slope down to the Adriatic Sea in a striking geographical landscape rich in history, culture and art.
It is 7 km far from Pesaro, 180 meters above sea level, and is surrounded by valleys and forests of oak trees, bush, vines, olive trees. Candelara offers a view that sweeps from the Adriatic Sea to the Apennines, with the mountains Catria, Nerone and Carpegna.
Candelara was inhabited in prehistoric times, then in Roman times. The settlement of Pieve Santo Stefano was founded between the seventh and eighth century, then the fortified town with the still visible walls and towers. In 1176 the Emperor Barbarossa took refuge there as a guest of the Bishop of Pesaro, after the battle of Legnano.
Candelara was dominated by the Malatesta, Lords of Rimini, until 1445 when they were defeated by troops of Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the command of Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino.
The Latin word “Candelaria” is probably linked, according to the historian Luigi Michelini Tocci, to “festum candelarum, that is a light source, a fire, a lighthouse”.
The name of Candelara thus derives from the candles that have become nearly two centuries the country’s coat of arms.
The event Candele a Candelara came in 2016 to the thirteenth edition, is the first Italian Christmas market devoted to the candles and confirms its growing success prolonging for the fourth consecutive year the initiative in three weekends, for a total of 8 days events.
Thousands of visitors from all over Italy come to admire the impressive and colorful festival dedicated to candles, with its unique atmosphere.
Candele a Candelara take place from November 26 to December 11 (in the days of Saturday 26 and Sunday, November 27th. And again on Saturday 3, Sunday 4 and Thursday 8, Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 at the Immaculate Conception) in the ancient medieval village in the hills surrounding Pesaro, where every night the artificial light is switched off to make way for thousands of lit flames. A unique and charming thanks to two 15-minute electric lighting programmed shutdowns each (at 5:30pm and 6:30pm).
For half an hour every afternoon during the event, Candelara is fully illuminated by the warm light of the candles.
The opening hours of the event is from 10am to 9pm. At the end of the charming appointment bright balloons will be released on the sky above the old village.
In this edition the festival lights up with new and exciting shows and events.