We drove down the Adriatic coast to visit Valerie’s cousin and his family in central
The drive along the
Anzi is situated on a mountain at 1000 meters (3000 feet) and we were looking forward to the cooler temperatures at that elevation and the quieter atmosphere of a small town after the heat and activity that has been
Many of the sons and daughters of Anzi have moved off to other parts of the country for work but the Festa di San Donato, their patron saint, sees the population of this town of 2000 double as many return home to see family and friends. We found ourselves in the middle of this huge reunion. Michele’s friends were more than happy to help entertain us, the stranieri.
We arrived to see the evening procession of San Donato snake down 3 kilometers from Anzi to the Chiesa di San Donato below town and a small fireworks display. This of course was followed by food and drink and we did not return to our lodgings until almost . The next day we were back in town to witness the procession of San Donato back up into Anzi. That night the small central piazza was packed with a stage and people as a favorite southern
The final night we had dinner with Michele’s family and friends and then returned to Anzi for fireworks above town. All of
We have been to Anzi on two previous trips for less than half a day, and have seen little of the town other than the main piazza. This time we had the opportunity to visit the 13th century church above the town, a neighboring lake and to drive through some of the surrounding countryside. Like our home state of