I visited Como the last week in February, so it was carnival season. Children have a week holiday from school and they can be seen in different masquerade costumes (especially the younger ones) and sometimes their parents too. In Como there was a big parade on the Sunday I visited, but I just saw some glimpses of it. In streets and squares, especially at Piazza del Duomo, there was a lot of confetti.
To the railing at the end of the pier in Como I noticed some padlocks. This is a quite new tradition that seems to spread quickly. To declare the bond between them forever couples put a padlock, sometimes with their names engraved on it, to a railing over a bridge and then they throw the key into the water.
The custom is believed to have begun in Pécs in Hungary in the 1980s. In Italy it has spread through novels, music and a film.
If you spend any time at all in Italy, you will soon see that Italy and her people know how to throw a party - like none other I have seen or heard about. And, you did not have to be in the Venice venue of choice for Carnival. Conffetti from last night's grown-ups party covered the piazzas, streets, sidewalks and even the entrance of my building -- I should not have been surprised to see it at my front door. These children were delighted that Mom permitted me to take their photo (and promised to e-mail this page to Mom). Hope you see all the photos here - the kids were delightful.
A significant number of local residents participated in the Nativity production staged for the community in front of the Duomo today, December 9th, 2007. A very professional enactment of the Nativity featured a choir, overhead lighting, excellent sound, and even a few sheep and a huge camel in addition to the principle actors and numerous children. See more photos on the Nativity travelogue.
OK - you don't expect the bride and groom to clean up the rice, do you? This was a wedding at lovely San Fidele. I remember reading something years ago about rice being banned outside the churchs - some liability issue re insurance! Understandable - seems we sue anybody for anything...........