1. The Vow of St. Abbondio
In 1630 the community of Dro had survived a devastating plague (the one described in Manzoni's novel The Betrothed). In January 1632 the people made a solemn vow to the saints St. Sebastian and St. Rocco (who protected people from the plauge, pledging to celebrate, every first Saturday of each month for the rest of the year, a procession to the church of San Abbondio and a Mass in honor of the two saints. After the procession, bread, wine, meat and soup were offered to the poor with funds from the inheritance of a noble woman of Dro, “Donna Fior”.
This "Vow of San Abbondio or Of the 12 Saturdays" is now the subject of a historical reenactment every year in May. During the event the original signing of the parchment containing the Vow is reenacted by local officials, followed by a historical procession, and free distribution of pasta, beans and bread with olives (“pan di molche”) in memory of the generosity of Donna Fior.