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Holy Week Processions in Mendrisio

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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 2 p.m. and Friday at 4 p.m.

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.


The public can freely choose the place where to attend the passage of the processions, but we point out that it is possible to book a seat on the grandstands in Piazza del Ponte:

  • by the Infopoint Mendrisiotto Turismo, Stazione FFS Mendrisio
  • by writing an e-mail to tribuna@processionimendrisio.ch
  • by calling 079 929 58 06 during Holy Week

Note: the number of seats is limited and the seats are not numbered. In case of cancellation of the processions, tickets are refundable only on the spot.


In Piazza del Ponte an Infopoint is set up for the Holy Week Processions.

Opening hours:

  • Wednesday (Holy Week), 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Maundy Thursday, 9.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. / 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Good Friday, 9.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. / 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.

For more information and to register, please visit the website www.processionimendrisio.ch