Festa di Sant'Antonio Abate "Al Fciòn"


Feast of St. Anthony the Abbot, patron of livestock farmers and protector of animals

Parish of San Matteo della Decima
Parish of San Matteo della Decima

Where: square of the parish and piazza Fratelli Cervi di San Matteo della Decima - 40016 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

When: January 20, 2019



The ancient custom of the blessing of domestic animals revives in the village of San Matteo della Decima - 9 kilometres from San Giovanni in Persiceto - in tribute to Sant'Antonio, patron of livestock farmers and protector of animals. All the citizens can partecipate bringing their pets in front of the town church at 3 pm.


During the afternoon there will be also the opportunity, in piazza Fratelli Cervi, to discover the authentic flavours of ancient times at the food stall of local association “La Cumpagnì dal Clinto”: roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, "ciacer" (fried chestnut flour pancake), "ciribusle" (sort of porridge of corn flour cooked in pork bouillon), "mistocchine" (dessert of chestnut flour), "frittelle" (fried pancakes).


The feast of St. Anthony the Abbot was one of the most popular rural celebrations of the Bolognese Plain: on the 17th of January, also called the day of the Befanone, the Vción (the old man), the farmers could notice that the days were getting longer and springtime was closer. 


The event is also an opportunity to visit the village of San Matteo, 9 km from San Giovanni in Persiceto. The two towns are both famous for a long-lasting Carnival tradition, known for over a hundred years.

Info on the event

Timetable: from 3pm

Entrance: free entry

Organization: cultural association "La Cumpagnì dal Clinto"

Info: Comune San Giovanni in Persiceto

Ph. 0039 051 6825502

Info on the tourist location

URP - Public Relations Office

San Giovanni in Persiceto

Address: Corso Italia 78 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

Toll free number 800 069678


Opening times
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 8.30am-1.30pm

Thu 8.30am-6.30pm

Opening times (July and August)
Mon – Sat 8.30am-1pm

Loc. San Matteo della Decima c/o Centro civico
Via Cento 158/a - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto
Phone: +39  051 6812057


Opening times

Mon – Sat 8.30am-1.30pm



Last update: 21-11-2018