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Happy 150th Anniversary Italy! A celebration in photos

This week, Italy celebrated its birthday. All one hundred and fifty years since Garibaldi united the country under a common flag and a reputation for fine food. This week I was lucky enough to be in Lucca, a walled town in Tuscany, where parades marched, people sang and men in tights threw flags into the air.

Happy Birthday Italy, I’m surprised you’re so young.

150th Anniversary Italy – Photos from Lucca, Tuscany

Photos of Italy celebrating its 150th birthday - man reads newspaper

Italy Celebrates 150 Years in Photos - Girl eats pastry in Lucca

Italy Celebrates 150 Years in Photos - Woman Waves Flag

 Italy Celebrates 150 Years in Photos - Actor Nicola Waves Flag

Italy Celebrates 150 Years in Photos - Flag Waving Display

Italy Celebrates 150 Years in Photos - Flag Waving Display - Girl with FlagItaly Celebrates 150 Years in Photos - Flag Waving Display - Shredded FlagItaly Celebrates 150 Years in Photos - Couple in Italian Flag Aprons Outside ShopItaly Celebrates 150 Years in Photos - Cake to celebrate 150 years in Italy

These photos form part of Photo Friday and my recent trip, Living Like a Local in Tuscany. To arrange a guided tour of Lucca, contact Antonella on [email protected] or read her blog Visit Lucca. Plenty more on Italy soon…

9 Responses to Happy 150th Anniversary Italy! A celebration in photos

  1. Sonja March 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    I didn’t realize Italy was so young, either!

  2. Gary Upton March 19, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    A great day for Italians and thank you for sharing your photos Abigail!

  3. Simon March 20, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    Wonderful photo essay, Abi. You really captured the essence of that day. The first photo is absolutely great!

  4. Serena March 21, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    i think you’ve caught the real spirit of Italy’s brithday: i love your pics! thanks for sharing!

  5. Tijmen March 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Nice collection, especially the pie in the last photo looks great :)

  6. puertoricoistheplace March 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Beautiful photo essay! Only 150 years, wow, that is young. Thanks for sharing.

  7. The GypsyNesters May 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    I have worked in Italy since the early 90s and was surprised back then when I learned that this ancient country was technically much younger than the US.

    BTW, love the picture of the couple in front of the shop.

    -David

  8. bijuterii argint May 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    fashion and food represent best the Italian culture

  9. Abi May 29, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Ah, if only Italy celebrated its birthday more often!

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