Where wheat becomes art and seed of community life

The Italian municipalities of Flumeri, Fontanarosa, Foglianise, Jelsi, Mirabella Eclano, San Marco dei Cavoti and Villanova del Battista, located along the southern Apennines, between Campania and Molise, in the province of Avellino, Benevento and Campobasso, were recognized as a new heritage community, a single "network community", in the name of common ritualistic traditions related to wheat and its patron

In each of these towns, the wheat cycle is celebrated with spectacular festive machines, “traglie”, carriages and obelisks up to thirty meters high, made by skilled local artisans featuring handmade wheat and corn ears. In the months of July, August and September, the artistic machines are carried in procession by the entire community, pulled by tractors or oxen, in a jubilation of choral joy.