All across the country, most Italians have today off. You see, today is Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day) in Italy.
It was back on April 25, 1945 that the Resistenza Italiana (Italian Resistance Movement), with the assistance of Allied Forces, began its national uprising that quickly brought to an end dictator Benito Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic and his life (he was summarily executed three days later), and drove Nazi Germany out of the Bel Paese during World War II.
Festa della Liberazione has been celebrated every year since ’45, and commemorates those who served in the Italian Resistance.
From Como to Cefalù, marching bands, music concerts, food festivals, political rallies, and other public gatherings normally take place in small towns and major cities on Liberation Day.
It was a “liberating” light lunch al fresco (outside) appropriately on the patio of the Caffè Ristorante Garibaldi in Vicenza’s central square, Piazza dei Signori.
The food was tasty — a salad of mozzarela di bufala (water buffalo cheese) and tomatoes in a pesto dressing along with carpaccio d’ananas (thin pineapple slices and raspberries) — and the views through my glass of Prosecco were fantastic.
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