A propitiatory rite to close the old year and prepare “purified” for the new year, but also a cure for physical wellbeing, the Winter Cimento is a tradition that is increasingly widespread throughout the Ligurian Riviera, and not less in the Cinque Terre area.
Since always, but more and more frequently in the last few years, many localities of all Liguria celebrate Christmas with the Cimento d’Inverno, the traditional act of courage that sees dozens of daring diving and swimming as far as possible in the icy sea waters winter. Even the seaside resorts around La Spezia come alive with the initiatives of the ordeal.
A tradition that seems to be auspicious, a sort of “washing” of the bad things of the year that ends and a courageous propitiatory act for the year that is about to begin, the Cimento is increasingly loved by locals, who participate in numerous initiatives organized in the area.
For the Association of “Adversary Time Swimmers” it is a matter of a healthy body practice, to be carried out as much as possible during the winter, following the example of the educators of the Nordic countries, who take the children to play in cold snow for a few minutes, to reinforce them against bacteria that carry all diseases.
The initiatives organized between Christmas and New Year are getting more and more successful even for parties that organize events and attract not only courageous swimmers but also the curious and enthusiastic of mulled wine: there is also a beautiful regenerating banquet and bonfires, refreshments necessary and occasions to celebrate the new year.
The presence of Public Assistance, together with the Labrador dogs for the rescue at sea, ensure health care for any eventuality.
In Palmaria and Lerici the Cimento has already been accomplished on Christmas days, while on New Year’s Eve, Portovenere and Levanto will be the two protagonists of the Cimento.
Cimento di Ria, January 1st 2018 in Le Grazie
Organized by the Force and Courage of Le Grazie, by the Pro Loco, the Associazione Borgata Marinara 2 and the Public Assistance this year the Cimento di Ria celebrates its ninth year. The appointment for those who want to warm up with some preparatory activities is at the small harbor of Le Grazie at 10.00 for the Race of Santa Claus to the Church of San Pietro in Portovenere and back to tourist gait.
At 12 the counting of the bold swimmers begins with a ritual picture from the pier and the start of the race with the “spanciata” of Santa Claus.
Cimento di Levanto with polenta
On January 1, we also dive in Levanto, in Piazza Agnelli from 11 and dive into the sea at 12.30. The musical entertainment will be organized by Radio Levanto and the polenta will be served with meat sauce, sweet pancakes, hot chocolate and mulled wine. For in swimmers, the toast is in the water, but at the beach party are invited even the most chilly, an offer is required that will be donated to the Gaslini Hospital in Genoa.
The dates of the 2018 Cimento are on our calendar, do not miss them!