August 10th: “The Night of the Shooting Stars”

Look up toward the sky tonight as it’s: “La notte di San Lorenzo“! A magical midsummer night when all dreams come true.

The night of San Lorenzo or night of the Shooting Stars is one of summer’s most awaited and beloved events in ItalyAugust 10th is the day on which we commemorate the martyrdom of San Lorenzo. You may wonder what this can possibly have to do with shooting stars.
Well, San Lorenzo was literally roasted by Romans and Christian legend says that the shooting stars are the sparkles of the giant bonfire where San Lorenzo was killed.

People gather outside. In parks and squares, at the beach or at the mountains, to admire the night sky and hopefully catch a falling star… and make a wish!