Thursday, April 29, 2010

#228 Italy...Thanks Veronica!

The left €0.60 stamp was issued in 2008 Folklore series dedicated to Sulmona’s feast of ‘La Madonna che scappa in piazza’ (the Madonna that races through the square),featuring a scene from the holy feast which is held in Sulmona on Easter Sunday and two doves soaring into flight at the top left; a Loreto brother wearing a green mozzetta and white tunic is shown at the top right.

Sulmona is a city and comune of the province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo, Italy.

The right €0.60 stamp was one of the three stamps celebrating the “Italia 2009” International Philately Festival: Sports Day,showing the cyclist Gino Bartali during a race, with the crowd watching attentively;

Gino Bartali (born Ponte a Ema, Florence, Italy, 1914-2000) was the most renowned Italian cyclist before the Second World War, having won the Giro d'Italia twice (in 1936 and 1937) and the Tour de France in 1938. His second and last Tour de France victory in 1948 gave him the largest gap between victories in the race.

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