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Though the main event was over shortly after noon, the festivities continued through the rest of the day. Toward evening we made our way to Piazza Popolo where all the participants were to end the day. As the sun lowered all those who had participated paraded into the piazza facing the sun and creating some beautiful light and shadows.

Dignitaries

Dignitaries

Color

Color

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The peasant women

Peasant women armed with crossbows

Patterns

Patterns

Bugling

Bugling

Flag throwers

Flag throwers

Light and dark

Light and dark

A nice end to the day

A nice end to the day

And so it ended. One more set to show the finished flower art that we saw at the very beginning.

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The day of Palombella was full of activities, best experienced through pictures. There was the peasants parade, followed by the nobles parade, drummers and buglers, the flag throwers all through the medieval streets of Orvieto.

Peasants

Peasants

Peasant children

Peasant children

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The flag throwers

The flag throwers

13Palombella3DSCF3252Those parading ended up in the Piazza Duomo where the main event of the day was to take place. People filled the piazza, the flag throwers performed, the bands played. Then, at noon, all became quiet and we turned our eyes skyward. Suddenly, down the wire came the canister containing the dove, smoke trailing behind it. When it arrived at the structure housing the saints, erected some days before, fire works atop the saints began exploding. Finally, when all had quieted down the dove was collected and taken across the piazza to be blessed by a cardinal, then given to the couple first married in the Duomo in 2013 to take care of for the rest of its life.

Here comes the dove

Here comes the dove

Arriving at the end of its ride

Arriving at the end of its ride

Fireworks atop the saints explode

Fireworks atop the saints explode

The excitement is over

The excitement is over

The dove is collected

The dove is collected

Originally the dove made its way down the wire all the way into the church, where it was presumably blessed and given to the couple. And, presumably with no fireworks!

The days events were not done! More to come!!

 

 

 

 

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While the flower artists are busy at work on their creations the rest of the town is also at work, decorating their businesses, houses and the neighborhoods for the festival.

Yellow and blue

Yellow and blue

Yellow and blue are the colors of the Santa Maria of the Star quarter. You find people decorating in many different and beautiful ways.

Spectacular!

Spectacular!

Charming

Charming

Corsica quarter is red and yellow. The red and yellow banners come out.

Banners

Banners

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On this street – the dividing line between two quarters – the plants in the planters are of two different color ways. The near planter is the red and yellow of Corsica, while the far one is the yellow and blue of Santa Maria.

Two quarters, two color ways

Two quarters, two color ways

Then, in our neighborhood they decided to have a little evening celebration to complement what was going on elsewhere.

Shining shoes

Shining shoes

Federico, who does exquisite work in leather – shoes, purses, coin purses, belts, bags – joined in by offering free shoe shines. And across the street from him is a wine store. So . . .

Desserts and dessert wines

Desserts and dessert wines

Music from a couple of other store owners in our "hood"

Music from a couple of other store owners in our “hood”

So it was lots of fun as we came home from dinner this night to find our neighborhood partying. We of course jumped in and shared the night with them. Just love the spontaneity and serendipity of travel.

 

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Palombella One

Just about every time we travel to Italy some sort of festival or event is going on. Doesn’t matter which city or where, it just happens. So it wasn’t unusual for us to be in Orvieto during Palombella – Pentecost. However this year was special because it is the 750th anniversary of the miracle of Bolsena, which led to the building of Orvieto’s cathedral and to the Corpus Cristi date on the Catholic calendar. As a result, they were doing it up big.

It began as we watched them prepare and install the monument in front of the cathedral to house the saints and receive the dove on its journey down a long wire from another church some 300 feet away.

The modern crane in an ancient city

The modern crane in an ancient city

In place waiting for the saints

In place waiting for the saints

One night returning from dinner we ran into a crew that was hanging banners over the streets. Our friend Alberto once described it this way, “We dress our city.”

Raising a banner

Raising a banner

Nearly in place

Nearly in place

Another going up

Another going up

The next day

The next day

Then something we’ve never seen before in Orvieto – painting with flowers. Lots of Italian towns do this. Spello, for one, is known for its work. Each of Orvieto’s four quarters designed and executed an image. Then, people from Bolsena, who are very skilled in the art did one in front of the Duomo. Here are some images as the work began and wound into the night.

Santa Maria della Stella quarter

Santa Maria della Stella quarter

The Elm quarter

The Elm quarter

Working into the night

Working into the night

More to come on Palombella.

 

 

 

 

 

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Suor Giovanna is a Fromula One fan. So when the Lamborghinis were parading through town, I went to tell her. She was nonplussed. She supports Ferrari and was not about to go out and look at the inferior “other” cars.

Two days later Kristi and I walk into the courtyard and see Giovanna, who is 75, about to get on a chair to hang a Ferrari t-shirt on a statue of Jesus! Really? I

Giovanna and the t-shirt draped statue

Giovanna and the t-shirt draped statue

couldn’t believe she would do such a thing. I got on the chair and put the t-shirt on for her. Turns out there was a Formula One race that day and she did this for good luck. She said she had been wanting to do this for years, but Franca, one of the other nuns had said you simply can’t do that. Well, Giovanna’s the boss and this time she prevailed. And guess what? Ferrari won!! As a result the statue was adorned with a Ferrari flag to help celebrate!

Victorious!

Victorious!

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