Celebrating Italy’s 150th Birthday in Lucca

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.

Standing tall and proud!

Getting ready to march

Marching through the streets of Lucca

Stunning hats!

Shops (and shopkeepers) were draped in the colours of the Italian flag.

The Azzuri! 🙂

The flag-waver band in Renaissance costumes

The flag-wavers. The guy in the front is a national flag-waving champion and a famous actor!


The famous guy on the left.

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).

The charming Caffe Di Simo or Caffe Caselli

and its famous treats!

Happy Birthday Italy! 🙂

Search hotels in Lucca.

Note: my visit to Lucca was part of the “Like a Local Between Pisa & Lucca” blogtrip organised and hosted by Casa Gentili (a B&B near Pisa) and Avventurosa (travel social media specialists).

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4 Responses to “Celebrating Italy’s 150th Birthday in Lucca”

  1. What a fun occasion to celebrate in that beautiful city. And the pastries look just delicious.

  2. Sonya 26/03/2011 8:59 pm

    Beautiful post! Happy Birthday Italy!

  3. Doreen Pendgracs 23/03/2011 10:25 pm

    Thanks for the great pics and tour thru Lucca! We almost made it there when we visited Pisa in Oct. But instead, we opted for Terrenia, a seaside town in the opposite direction so we could hit the beach.

    Love that part of Italy. So beautiful, and full of history and culture. And yes … fabulous treats! Makes me want to go back there. If you’re interested, you’ll find my posts about Pisa beginning here: http://diversionswithdoreen.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/pisa-much-more-than-ancient-ruins/.



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