All across the country, most Italians have today off. You see, today is Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day) in Italy.

Italian flagIt 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.

Through the Wine Glass - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesBecause I’m an innocent bystander — an expat with a penchant for la dolce vita — I just used today’s national holiday as an excuse to dine out.

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.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over green-white-red | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

20 comments

  1. You are making my mouth water just thinking about that lovely food. Some people want to go heaven when they die, I want to go to a small Italian town square restaurant and have a lingering lunch for eternity.

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  2. Tom – great views and food. I just took a cheese making class on Sunday, would you like me to make some mozz and take pics?

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    1. Mark — If you make homemade mozzarella di bufala I want to be all over it and will make a blog post. You know the drill: all the steps involved (text) and several photos for each. Plate the final result and have a wine pairing with it. Let me know. Btw, was that of the Italian language classes you’re taking?

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  3. Australia celebrates ANZAC day on the same day, Tom. I felt rather the opposite to you that day this year. Being in England, with no celebrations or marches, was a strange experience. I paid homage to our past and present service men and women on my own although not in such spectacular style as you guys spent the day! Love your photos.

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  4. Mmmm….looks like my kinda lunch. Can’t go wrong with un inslata caprese! Nice choice pops! And I like the carpaccio d’ananas…gives me some ideas for my next dinner party! Great pics too! Very colorful…making my mouth water!

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