The Italian Almanac

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Italian News - August 10

Once again the Feast of Saint Lawrence, also known as the Night of the Shooting Stars, will be toasted with wine throughout Italy in the hope that wishes made on a falling star will come true.

Organised by the Wine Tourism Movement (MTV) and the union of wine-producing towns Citta del Vino, Calici di Stelle (Goblets of Stars) will bring thousands of people together, to watch the falling stars while enjoying wines and traditional snacks in some of the most beautiful and suggestive spots in the peninsula.

These will included Medieval city squares and castles, vineyards and this year even beaches. Another novelty will be that a number of vineyards are opening their cellars for visits by the so-called winenauts from the Wine Tourist Club.

Aside from the wine and the food, participants can go to open air cinemas, attend concerts, enjoy folklore shows, poetry readings and visit sites of cultural-historic importance.