Perched at a height of 439 m asl, Troia is an ancient Apulian town located in the province of Foggia, with a population of about 12,000 inhabitants. The local economy is mostly based on agriculture and winegrowing. Troia boasts some ancient churches such as the Baroque church of St. Francis and the 10 th-century Church of San Vincent. Its main landmark is the Cathedral, an example of Apulian Romanesque architecture.
The Procession of the “Chains”
On Good Friday morning in Troia takes place the characteristic “Procession of the Chains”. Leaving from the Church of St. Basil the Great, five penitents, hooded and dressed in a white tunic, bear a heavy wooden cross on their back, along the processional route. They go from church to church and pray in front of the Repository. Their arrival is announced by the noise of dragging the chains tied on their bare feet and the rhythmic sound of the “trocchiola”, a wooden musical instrument which plays by rotating metal beans.