Italy celebrated its 150th birthday on March 17, 2011. I was really lucky to get the opportunity to experience the celebrations in the town of Lucca during my recent blogtrip to Tuscany. It was a cold and rainy day but the colourful parades and bands more than made up for the miserable weather. The red-white-green stripes of the Italian flag fluttered in the wind everywhere we looked whilst in the streets below, people clapped and cheered as the parades passed by. Please scroll down for a photo essay of the celebrations and a video of the spectacular flag-waving performance at the Lucca Cathedral.
The flag-wavers marched onto the square fronting the Cathedral and began a spectacular flag-waving performance. Check out the video below:
After the parades, we decided to do some celebrating of our own… with some prosecco and finger-food at the famous Caffe Di Simo (or Cafe Caselli).
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