Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Notte Bianco

This weekend there was a festival in Oltrarno called Notte Bianco-which means White Night. It started in the early evening and there was wine, food, and music all through the streets. Some of the streets were closed to traffic, but most were not. People who did venture out in their cars or scooters were very frustrated because the streets were packed with people walking, and drinking and dancing.

The festival lasted until 8 a.m. Sunday morning, The Oltrarno, is the "other side of the Arno" in Florence. The city center with the tourists is on one side of the river, and the rest on the other. The festival was not widely advertised to tourists so they were rare at this event! Regine and I walked from piazza to piazza wine glass in hand listening to all types of music in beautiful gas lit piazzas, in front of the Pitti Palace, and in front of ancient churches. It was like having a beautiful dream all night long!

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