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The Processions of the Holy Week take place every year in Mendrisio along the streets of the historic center,
on Thursday and Good Friday at 8:30 p.m.


In case of bad weather, a decision will be made on the event: Thursday at 4 p.m. and Friday at 2 p.m.

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The itinerary

The Holy Week processions start from Piazza San Giovanni, follow the traditional intinerary through the streets of Mendrisio's old town, cross the main square and reach the Chiesa dei Cappuccini. From here they return to the church of San Giovanni.

The processions parade through the streets of the old town in both directions, so it is possible to see two passages on the same evening. Many people take the opportunity to move along the route and wait for the return in the direction of San Giovanni.

Getting to Mendrisio

The historic centre of Mendrisio can be easily reached thanks to two railway stations, Mendrisio and Mendrisio San Martino.
These connect Mendrisio daily to Lugano and the Swiss mainland, as well as to Milan and the rest of Italy. By car it can be reached from the north on the A2 in the direction of Chiasso and from the south in the direction of Lugano.

There are several parking possibilities: official parking spaces visible on the map and those organised and signposted by the Municipal Police. Parking spaces reserved for invalids are located in Via Lavizzari.

A free shuttle bus is available from the car parks of the Mendrisio swimming pools to easily reach the town centre. The shuttle bus runs from 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the direction of the centre and from 10:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the direction of the swimming pools, leaving from San Giovanni Church