Festa della Liberazione

25 Apr

In Italy, April 25th is a national holiday celebrating the country’s liberation from Nazi occupation in 1945.

Although it is quite chilly in Cortona, the band marched through the streets and placed a wreath  at the statue dedicated to those who fought and died for freedom.



An important day to remember, especially for those of us who love being in Italy.


2 Responses to “Festa della Liberazione”

  1. jean April 25, 2016 at 10:54 AM #

    Is that statue in the Parterre? If so, I did not realize the significance in my daily walks but now, from your terrific photo I clearly see the WW2 helmet on the figure being taken up to heaven. It brings tears to my eyes.
    We are moving this year.
    In packing i came across my uncle’s medals from WW2. He was in the Canadian army as part of the Allies that liberated Italy from the south. Included in his memorabilia is a hand-made bracelet sold to those GIs by Italians and probably made from shell casings. Each link memorializes their hard-won advances – Naples, MonteCasino, Rome etc.
    Now that I have seen this statue I will see if I can unpack it before we return to Cortona so I can wear it on my visits to the statue. It deserves a visit back.
    (He also brought back a hand made Italian wooden doll for me which sadly did not survive the rough love of a three year old.)

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    • blogginginitaly April 25, 2016 at 11:17 AM #

      Yes, it is. I think the best view is from the side, where you can clearly see these moving figures. So interesting about your bracelet; I look forward to seeing it!


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