Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Venzone Zucca Festival

One of the things I love the most about living in Italy is getting to see so many different places. Even if it is an hour away or just down the road. Each little town we visit is so unique and different. Although they each have their town center and churches they all have their own style and flare. This past weekend we got togethe with the Scott family and ventured to the medieval town of Venzone for their annual Zucca (pumpkin) festival. We got there kind of early (3 in the afternoon) before things really got going. However it was just Liz and I (her husband was still deployed and mine was on vacation...I mean training in Washington) trying to keep track of 6 boys in a pretty good size crowd so we were glad we went before things got really crazy.
Venzone is the only medieval walled town left in this region and it centered in some really BEAUTIFUL mountains. It was everything Zucca so they had a plethora of pumpkin goodies. We tried the pumpkin beer (Liz and I not the kids) and some yummy pumpkin pasteries. There was even pumpkin pizza that my husband missed out on! :(

People of the town reenact the medieval times and dressed in all the gear. They put on shows, there is music and it is one big party.

Liz and I were not going to be able to leave the festival without first spending a small fortune on wooden swords for all the boys. Come on where were we kidding it was 6 boys to 2 moms.....there was no way we were winning that battle (pun intended). Great day and many good memories were made.

I really wish I would have taken a picture of the parking lot I parked in. It was already pretty full when we got in there, but dozens of cars continued to filtered in right after us. I was just sure we were going to be stuck in the parking field and not be able to get out. Italians like to park any and everywhere. I snapped a picture outside the walls just to show you. ENJOY!

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." ~ Miriam Beard