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FESTIVAL OF SAN GIOVANNI

WHAT: FESTIVAL OF SAN GIOVANNI (THE OLDEST LAKE COMO FESTIVAL)
WHEN: SATURDAY 23RD AND SUNDAY 24TH JUNE 2018
WHERE: ISOLA COMACINA, FLORANCE, ITALY
COST: FREE

If you are visiting Italy this Summer, make sure that you pay a visit to Isola Comacina to witness one of the oldest festivals celebrated in Florence Italy. The festival is held on the weekend closest to June 24th every year, and the community of Ossuccio hosts the local festival. Over the years, it has become more and more popular, not only with the locals but tourists that make that special trip not to miss out on any of the pyrotechnic action and festivities that take place.

Early on Saturday evening, families and friends get together for food and drink eagerly awaiting the evening to arrive for the fireworks display to begin. The main stage for the fireworks is Comacina Island, with Ossucio spread out directly in front. The surrounding slopes and mountains to the left and the right of the Island create a fantastic natural amphitheater so wherever you are you can sit back and take in the spectacular views and enjoy the show.

If you are brave enough (and your ears can take the noise) you can join many people on boats and steamers that make their way out on the water or in the Docklands to get up close and personal with the display. This also gives you fantastic 180-degree views of the land.

At around half past 10, the crowd gradually settles down leaving an eerie silence all around which is broken suddenly with the flashes, bangs and beautiful colours of the fireworks, echoing all around the area making the fireworks appear to be in surround sound.

Not only are the fireworks for entertainment and enjoyment but they also tell the story of Comacina Island, the emperor Frederick Redbeard and the wars that once devastated the strip of land and burnt it to the ground. Narrators tell the story of this beautiful place and the devastation reeked by the fire which destroyed the village and took so many lives along with fireworks choreographed to music giving the show an extra wow factor for all attending.

After the display, the whole of the island glows a ruby red colour to signify the fire that once destroyed the island, this alone is a one-off and exceptional sight to witness. After a short interval, the night air is again filled with noise as rounds of applause, cheers, horns of the steamers and boats are given as a way of showing appreciation to everyone that has been involved and taken part in the celebration.

On a Sunday the locals dress in traditional costumes and make their way to the hundreds of boats in the dock to make there way over to the island. Sunday is a holy day (most of the islanders are devout Catholics) the locals attend mass in the ruins of Sant’Eufemia Church on the island, before returning home and eating together again with family and friends to bring an end to the weekends’ celebrations.

This is a special one-off experience not to be missed so make sure that you book your place this summer and get in on the pyro musical action.

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FESTA DEL REDENTORE 2016

WHAT: FESTA DEL REDENTORE 2016
WHEN: SATURDAY 16TH JULY 2016 – SUNDAY 17TH JULY 2016
WHERE: VENICE, ITALY
WHY: FIESTA FEATURING FIREWORKS

In the mid 16th century, Venice was besieged by yet another outbreak of the plague. The Bubonic Plague or Black Death took the lives of more than 50,000 Venetians between 1575 – 1576, which when you consider that the total population at the time was only 160,000, meant that 1 in 3 died of this dreadful disease which even to this day is classified as a bio-terrorist threat.

In 1576, the most serene Republic of Venice’s Senate agreed to erect a church to Christ as a plea for help. The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer (Il Redentore) was erected.

Festa del Redentore

By July 1577, the area was officially declared plague free and it was decided that in celebration of the deliverance from certain death, each year, there was to be a Fiesta and of course a church service. The Redentore is an authentic, age-old, Venetian event which is very close to the hearts of the people of Venice. On the Saturday, the evening before the service of thanks, at around 7pm, the 333 metre Ponte Votivo is opened up and the people go to the church for the Eucharist at around 7.30 and the blessing of the event and the people.

Festa del Redentore

There are boats and barges packed with people, which moor alongside each other to share the music, fun and laughter with large groups of family and friends. The vessels in the harbour are all richly decorated with pretty garlands, flowers and lights.

The beautiful pyrotechnics begin at around 10.00pm on St Marks Basin under the control of the fantastic Parente Fireworks. The fireworks are set up on 35 floating pontoons over a distance of around 600 metres in an unusual cross shape. The display lasts between 45 minutes – 1 hour as a general rule and afterwards, the younger contingent of the 100,000 people strong crowd of spectators go off to the Venice Lido where they await dawn and the sunrise.

It is another age old tradition, which like a number of other festivals has been around for many hundreds of years and will continue to amaze young and old alike for generations to come.

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ASIAGO FLAKES OF LIGHT 2016 FIREWORKS

WHAT: ASIAGO FLAKES OF LIGHT 2016 FIREWORKS
WHY: PYROMUSICAL EVENT
WHEN: FRIDAY 12th – SUNDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2016
WHAT TIME DO THE FIREWORKS START: 22.00 – 22.30
WHERE: AEROPORTO DI ASIAGO, VIA CINQUE, 36012 ASIAGO VI, ITALY
COST: FREE. (FREE ENTRY AND FREE PARKING)

This annual event has been held for a number of years and once again, will illuminate the skies over the beautiful plateau with sparkling fireworks. Known locally as ‘Fiocchi di Luce’ it translates as flakes of light referring to the snow which surrounds the small town of Asiago in North East Italy in the heart of the Veneto mountains in the Alpine foothills.

This will be a great opportunity to spend Valentine’s weekend with the ones you love in a stunning setting watching the skies overhead lit up with specialist pyrotechnics.

In 2014 the world remembered the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I on 28th July, but here we are in 2016, in the midst of a world of geopolitical futures and the ongoing issue in Syria, peace is a fragile thing.

The Flakes of Light shows are three different events which are guided by the principles of ‘Light’, ‘Peace’ and ‘Love’.

On each of the days in turn, there will be a different theme;

Friday 12th February 2016 – THEME: LIGHT
Remembrance of the past dramas and conflicts and ending with a spirit of hope.

21.00 – Music and entertainment
22.00 – Pyromusical

Saturday 13th February 2016 – THEME: PEACE
Dream of the people to reflect the human condition searching for peace and to show compassion to our fellow man.

21.00 – Music and entertainment
22.00 – Pyromusical

Sunday 14th February 2016 – THEME: LOVE
Appropriately, St Valentines Day (14th Feb) has been the day to show romance, love and joy, devoting themselves to lovers to the theme just had to be LOVE.

21.00 – Music and entertainment
22.00 – Pyromusical

Previous years have had some of the finest exponents of the pyrotechnic craft showing their flair and expertise, including Parente Fireworks of Italy and Khan Pyrotechnics of Russia who have both listed a clutch of silverware adorning their trophy cabinets.

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