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FIOCCHI DI LUCE (FLAKES OF LIGHT)

WHAT: ASIAGO FIOCCHI DI LUCE (FLAKES OF LIGHT)
WHEN: FRIDAY 15 TH TO SUNDAY 17 TH FEBRUARY 2019
WHERE: ASIAGO AIRPORT- AIRPORT ROMEO SARTORI, ASIAGO, VICENZA, ITALY
COST: FREE

Known locally as the “fiocchi di luce” this translates as flakes of light. This is referring to the snow that surrounds the small town in the heart of the Veneto mountains in the Alpine foothills.

The pyromusical extravaganza is set to light up the skies and return once again for the 12th edition of the largest annual firework shows in the Veneto region of Italy.

Held at the Airport Romeo Sartori over the three nights there is a mixture of music and entertainment along with some extraordinary musical pyrotechnics to end the evening with a bang.

All the three days have different themes, with this year’s theme being “Enchantment – Ode to the woods”. This is from a time when the local forest was nearly lost following devastating weather to hit the region. Life, nature, respect, and commitment is the way forward to show how important the mountains and the plateau are to everyone.

Asiago programme:

Friday 15th February – Piazza Carli
“Shoots” – this is a tale of the life that still exists in the woods after everything may seem destroyed.
Music and Entertainment 15:00
Fireworks 22:00

Saturday 16th February – 16:00 – 22:00 – Airport Romeo Sartori “Roots” – the bond that unites the land and all its inhabitants.
Music and Entertainment 16:00
Fireworks 22:00

Sunday 17th February – 17:00 – 18:30 – Airport Romeo Sartori
“Branches” – a message to the skies and the hope of rebirth in the forest to make it a place that once again everyone knows and loves.
Music and Entertainment 17:00
Fireworks 18:00

*please note that the fireworks may be cancelled if bad weather *

Following the tradition, there will be three highly qualified companies of different nationalities participating in the programme. The companies compete amongst themselves showing the best of their work to the international audience that attends the event.

Be captivated by the extraordinary variety of the musical firework displays on each of the evenings. The music for the show is chosen by both the organisers of the event and the participants making sure that it keeps in with the theme, culture, and tradition of the nation.

Asiago fireworks are not to be missed, with the event taking place on the weekend after Valentine’s day why not treat a loved one to a magical weekend away in the beautiful mountains, made more memorable by one of the many unique events in Vicenza, Italy. There is plenty to see and do all throughout the event but can be quite busy so make sure that you get there early to get a good viewing spot. Also, the weather can be on the chilly side this time of year so make sure that you wrap up warm.

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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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