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Umbria: Lake Trasimeno Tulip Festival 10 April

Mar 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Events

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Every year since 1956, Castiglione del Lago has celebrated the Tulip Festival. The origin of this unusual event comes from Dutch families that had bought land near the Lake in which to cultivate tulip bulbs and brought with them the tradition of celebrating the arrival of Spring adorning windows, balconies and garden carts with the first bloom, too short to be sold.

The fields where the tulips grew have been taken over by other cultivations, but the pleasure of this northern celebration has remained, and after a few years it was revived by the Associazione Turistica-Pro Castiglione, attracting tens of thousands of visitors.
Tulip-covered theme floats prepared by the various town quarters parade down the streets, the typical tavernas open to offer food and wine, costumed locals engage in games of ancient rivalry and the stores, balconies, piazzas and alleys are all festively adorned.
Info: www.festadeltulipano.it

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