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Italy Celebrates 150 Years – 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.

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 info@guidelucca.it or read her blog Visit Lucca. Plenty more on Italy soon…

9 Responses to Italy Celebrates 150 Years – 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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