What do tin cans, long lengths of string, large numbers of under-10s and spring have in common?
Bandir gennaio! On January 31, all the local kindergarten and schoolchildren banded together with their pushchair siblings to banish January and hasten on the coming spring. Their weapon of choice? The noisiest tin cans available strung onto long string 'tails' and dragged along the old town cobbles.
With excitement. With delight. With giggling, screaming, eye-twinkling pleasure.
For once, they were allowed to make a noise, and, boy, did they rise to the occasion!
PS If today's weather is anything to go by, they must have succeeded. More blue skies, warm sunshine with a little breath of cold air to keep us on our toes.