Tonight, Italy is celebrating the night of San Lorenzo, when ‘stelle cadenti’ – falling stars – are set to streak across the night skies.
Whilst falling stars are much more common towards the end of July and the beginning of August, the evening of San Lorenzo is the night in which the falling stars are set to be most prominent.
Some estimate up to 100 falling stars per hour will streak our skies this eve.
Many Italians will head for the hills, away from the city lights, where they will pull up a blanket, set up a late-night picnic and pass the night watching nature’s most stella performance.
Certainly a unique and unusual thing to do in Tuscany on a visit to Italy, you’ll need to be watching north east to see the most falling stars (which are in fact Perseid meteors if you want to get scientific about it).
The best seats in the Italian house are said to be Tuscany and Sardinia, owing to these regions having more areas of countryside darkness.
To explore the stars of Italy’s cities, we have a super-discounted Grand Italy Tour discounted tour package including small-group tours in Rome and small-group tours in Florence.