With acknowledgements to The Sunday Times travel section 15.09.2013
All photos by Edward Fennell except the one of the book, which is by me.
Annual rievocazione – i.e pageant in mediaeval, Roman, C16 costume or what you will. Fireworks essential.
- Annual music festival (inc. jazz)
Free entertainment most nights in August
A Rocca or fortress and/or ancient city walls
- Shops within the walls
- Famous person and/or saint born there
- Restaurant within the walls
- Caffè-bar within the walls
The Sunday Times checklist also included places that foreigners are not going to visit, and people whom foreigners are not going to talk to, but which make the village quaint and amusing. I thought it was a bit patronising, but I couldn’t resist a few items of my own:
Bar Sport, where women don’t go, unless they work nearby, but foreign women will be treated politely by the attractive barmaid. A sideways look at Italian – or maybe Marchigiani – bars and caffes
- Bocciodromo , the equivalent of the Sunday Times pétanque pitch
- Annual briscola (card game) tournament
- Smartly dressed, small, very old ladies sitting on plastic chairs on the pavement
- Cats (of course you can talk to them)
- Annual church trip to Medjugorje/prize draw on saint’s day
And if you think I’ve skewed this so that Corinaldo will win, you are quite right!
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