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Italy Travel Guide
"Italy is a beautiful country but is one of those countries which you probably have some questions and preconceptions, before your coming to this special country. A place of olive oil, pasta, wine, mafia and sunshine, roman ruins and renaissance palaces, Italy has a lot to give its tourists. Although some of these conceptions are amazing and interesting, it would be a shame if that was the only thing you come away with. Italy is certainly much more complex and stimulating than these concepts.

Italy is a country full of interesting things for the casual tourist and the educated tourist, it has deep Roman Catholic roots. The tourists can stay weeks in important tourist centers without reason to feel bored, but it is equally simple to get off the beaten track. In the north, next to the Alps and the landscapes of the Po river, many cultural gems and highly developed industrial cities fascinate. In this exciting country the people live the ""la vita Italiana".
Festivals Place to Visit Fast Facts
Festival of Snakes
"Ever since Satan's plaything slithered down the tree and offered Eve a bite of his apple, snakes have suffered the kind of image problem that even Washington DC's spin doctors would find a challenge.
From Freudian psychotherapists to parents fretting over their tattooed and death metal-loving offspring, snakes have universally been seen as an omen of Something Very Bad About To Happen. Most would be of the opinion that the only good snake comes as a pair of chichi Manolo Blahnik slingbacks.

But once you get into the wild and woody areas of Abruzzo on the eastern coast of Italy, sitting snugly at about calf-height on the renowned geographical boot, reputations change and the much-maligned belly-slitherer becomes an object of worship and celebration. Each year in the tiny hamlet of Cocullo, surrounded by some of Italy's most undomesticated forests, the villagers prove their devotion by getting down and dirty with as many fork-tongued reptiles as they can"

Game of the Bridge
The tradition of the Game of the Bridge dates back to February 22, 1568. Rival teams from different quarters of Pisa fought for symbolic possession of a bridge over the Arno River. In those times, the games often degenerated into brutal and bloody man to man fighting. In modern times, the gore has been eliminated but not the fierce rivalry among the players. During the government of the Medici, the game was played during particularly important festivities and anniversaries along with palios, luminare and other public demonstrations. Even nowadays this event is held together with a series of cultural, artistic and folk events.