The festival in the village of Villa Franca starts on Friday night and is a grand celebration centered around the church.  It ends to a great crescendo at midnight on Wednesday night with an impressive fireworks display.  On the hour from around 9 a.m. each day until midnight the church bells ring and fireworks explode.  Street vendors sell food and toys for the children and each night there is a band playing in the central square where a small cafe sells ice cream, espresso and adult drinks.  The entire village gathers for the celebration.  It was a wonderful experience for our family.  I am told this tradition dates back to the 1400’s.


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