25 April, enjoying the Liberation Day in Tuscany
The 25 April in Italy is the Liberation Day. All over the country people celebrate the anniversary of the liberation from the Nazism occupation and from the Fascist regime. This is a crucial day for the history of our country and it had a great political and military relevance.
The 25 April represents the end of five years of war and of twenty years of tyranny with the victory of the Partisan against the Fascist regime of the Italian Social Republic and the Nazi occupation.
It has been declared national holiday on 1949 and we use to commemorate our compatriots that fought for the freedom of Italy visiting war memorials and places that are the symbol of the Resistance where many people “sacrificed” their life for the country.
A Brief history of 25 April
The 25 April 1945 the National Liberation Committee for Northern Italy (CLNAI) proclaimed, via radio announcements, the insurrection in all territory occupied by Nazi and Fascists. The CLNAI assumed the temporary leadership of the country in the name of the Italians declaring also the sentence of death for all fascist leaders, including Benito Mussolini that would have been shot three days later. Within the 1 May all the Northern Italy was released and the 3 May, with the Surrender of Caserta, the German invasion finally ended.
Events in Tuscany for the long weekend of the 25 April 2016
The 25 April, people also take advantage of the public holiday to organize small tours visiting the main cities, exploring the countryside or the coast enjoying sun and fresh air.
In Tuscany, it is plenty of special events and things to do. In this post, I collected some events that might interesting you.
The Freedom National Park of Sant’Anna di Stazzema
There is a place on the mountains of Versilia in northern Tuscany where Italians commemorate the Fallen during the war: the village of Sant’Anna di Stazzema. Here, the 12 August 1944, the Nazi Schutzstaffel killed in only three hours 560 people (mostly of them were women, children and old men). Today, a park and a war memorial keep the memory of this cruel massacre alive.
Gelato Festival in Florence
In the splendid scenery of Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, the Gelato Festival 2016 takes place from 21 to 25 April. The best ice cream makers of the country will bring brand-new flavours trying to win the award as Best Italian-style ice cream. If you want to taste these excellent unique flavours you definitely have to climb the hill and reach the Piazzale.
The International Handicrafts Trade Fair in Florence
Since 1931 the Fortezza da Basso of Florence has been hosting the best of Italian craftsmen for this international trade fair that this year celebrates eighty years. There will be exhibitors from all over the world, workshops, cooking show, cooking class, shows and concert for adults and children.
Spino fiorito in Massa
From the 22 until the 25 April the medieval castle of Malaspina Family in Massa comes back to life thanks to the Spino Fiorito Festival. During these days visitors will have the opportunity to visit the ancient manor and taste delicious food, wine and beer made by local producers.
Palio of the Barrels and Spring Fair in Suvereto
Suvereto on the Etruscan Coast is considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The 23 and 24 April if you see people pushing a barrel along the street do not worry. Probably they will be the competitors of the Palio doing some exercise before the challenge. The centre will host food courts and the market of flowers, plants and local products, including the saffron that is the guest of honor of the spring fair. In the afternoon of the 24, after an exhibition of the flag wavers, there will be the national Palio of Barrels between teams coming from different regions of Italy.
The Palio of Spring of Sansepolcro
Sunday 24 April Sansepolcro in Valtiberina, the valley in southeastern Tuscany, hosts the crossbows challenge Palio of the Spring. Along the streets, visitors go back to the Renaissance with the historic market, traditional dancers performances and the show of the flag wavers of Sansepolcro. Then at 5 pm they could admire the unique crossbows spring challenge between teams of each suburb of the village. The entrance at the show is free of charge. This show is only the foretaste of the famous Crossbows games that take place in town in September.
Happy Birthday Vespa in Pontedera, Pisa
Vespa, the legendary scooter famous all over the world, this year, celebrates its seventieth birthday. From the 23 to 25 April in Pontedera, the small town close to Pisa where the headquarter is located, dozens of Italian and international “Vespisti” and fans will meet for a big meeting. There will be exhibitions, races, gala dinners and live music. And fans will have the opportunity to visit the historic Piaggio factory and the exhibit about the 70 years of Vespa at the Piaggio Museum.
Flower Fair in Lucca
In honour of Santa Zita, the Patron Saint of Lucca, from the 23 to 27 April the main streets and squares of the centre will be decorated by dozens of different kind of flowers and plants for the annual Flower Fair.