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With Christmas only days away festivals are in full swing throughout Italy. Sunday I sent my husband Gregg to Fornoli for the Festa dell Briciole, or Festival of Crumbs.  Gregg arrived a few hours into the event under very cloudy skies and a cold light mist.

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Vendors set up tents in Fornoli’s Piazza Aldo Moro. Gregg wasted no time and headed for the bar tent first, sampling the Vin Brule (a hot spiced red wine).

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With traditional Christmas carols playing on the loudspeaker, children set up old fashioned board games and games of chance.

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One tent offered a wide assortment of breads, including the traditional farro bread.

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Then the man of the hour, Santa, arrived in unique fashion.  He rode up on a Segue decorated as a reindeer.

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Gregg promised Santa he had been a good boy this year and I have to agree!

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And no Christmas festival would be complete without Christmas themed ornaments and household decor for sale.

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I look forward to joining Gregg in Italy next week. A big thank you to Gregg for snapping these photos of the Festa della Briciole and to our friends for keeping him company until I arrive on Saturday!

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