Despite the patron saint of Agrigento being San Gerlando, the celebrations for San Calogero exceed any other festivity. From the first to the second Sunday of July, faith and mysticism mingle with unparalleled energy. It is said that the monk Calogero, who came to Sicily to spread Christian faith, during a long period of plague went about asking for bread to give to the poor. Frightened people tossed bread from their windows to avoid contact with him. During the festivities there is a particular barefoot pilgrimage, from every believer’s house to the Sanctuary. The city is overwhelmingly illuminated, drums fill the streets full of stalls and a series of cultural events light up the city. The statue of the Saint is brought in a procession with a fireworks show and a torchlight procession not to be missed.