These soccer loving Italians... ~ Romancing Italy

May 17, 2010

These soccer loving Italians...

It was the first day of real sunshine with little to no threat of dark clouds or rain and we decided to go to the piazza for icecream. On the way, a small call passed quietly, but with a huge flag held out the window. My first thought was that a school team had won their match and these were on on the way back from the field. 

At the square, I saw more flags being waved madly around so, I had to ask what the hullaballoo was all about. Typical, of course from an idiot foreigner. Any Italian male, female, child and perhaps dog, would have been able to tell me that fans of the soccer team Inter, were celebrating their national victory over Siena in the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup)...and that the games have only been going on for months and months. 

Our little square was packed, the Duomo's piazza transformed itself into black and blue as bodies crammed into the area to celebrate. So many people were out to mark this moment...everywhere...all over Italy. And this is just because a percentage of the population were happy their team won. I can only imagine the pandemonium in 2006 when Italy won the World Cup!!!


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