Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Fiat 500 Festival, Treviso - 10th April 2011

One of the things I like best about living here in Treviso is the fact that virtually every weekend there is something happening in the city centre.  We never seem to see these events advertised anywhere so, invariably, we stumble across them during our leisurely Sunday walks.  In this way, we have enjoyed, at different times:

  • a chocolate celebration, which included entire rusty tool kits made of chocolate which begged the question, 'Why?'!!
  • a raddichio fair when the entire main square was covered with a carpet of this prized local vegetable and we were able to sample such delights as raddichio cheese, raddichio wine and even raddichio gelato!
  • an open-air nativity play with real animals a la The Vicar of Dibley!
  • a huge outdoor playpen for babies and toddlers featuring more toys than I have ever seen in one place.
  • an Austrian wurst market.
  • a skating rink.
  • a picturesque Slovakian Christmas market with the best gingerbread I have ever tasted.
  • a fruit and vegetable carving expo.
as well as numerous antique fairs, book markets, plant sales, art displays, craft stalls, and specialist food fairs.  The list goes on.  There is always something happening!

And then last weekend ....... the Fiat 500 Festival!!

As usual, we didn't know it was on in advance.  We had been for a long walk and were heading home when we saw a few of these iconic cars heading for the city centre.  We followed them and came upon about 300 of them massed in the Piazza dei Signori and the streets leading to it.  I defy anyone not to smile when they see an example of this epitome of Italian eccentricity and here we had hundreds of them pimped, polished and paraded through the streets for all to see!!

There were cinquecentos in every colour with many of the drivers dressed to match their vehicle!  There was a 'Hello Kitty' version; one painted to look like the sky; a 'half-500' where the already-tiny car had been sliced in half to look like a two-seater settee on wheels; a very old model complete with old-fashioned wooden skis and poles which were so much bigger than the car itself; and even one which had been entirely covered in postage stamps!  There were also a couple of examples of the Fiat 600, the fantastic three-row, six-seater model with the flat windscreen which was used in Rome as a taxi, and which was immortalised in the film Roman Holiday.

We just couldn't stop grinning as we walked amongst these funky cars - a great way to spend a Sunday morning!

I've included some photos with this blogpost and you can see more here.


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  2. I really like the new Fiat 500 ad, it is hilarious. It is wonderful that such events and gathering take place.

  3. The yellow Fiat looks hilarious, I loved it.

    1. It was a great day out! Happy memories!!

  4. In such places you always stumble upon great and colorful events! I am glad you found one!