Italian National Day (Festa della Republicca) is celebrated on the second day of June and commemorates the day Italy became a republic after World War II and the fall of Fascism led by Benito Mussolini in 1946. After 85 years of monarchy, Italy became a Republic, and the monarchs of the House of Savoy were deposed and exiled. This is one of the most important Italian national holidays and like most Italian holidays is marked by elaborate eating and feasting.
In 2006, our family was granted Italian citizenship through the lineage of my paternal grandfather who was born in Italy. We are fortunate to have the Italian Embassy located here in Coral Gables as they have facilitated us in obtaining our European Union passports as well as those of our children.
It is always a pleasure to be invited and to attend this celebration.
The Biltmore Hotel is the perfect complement to this historic reception as it was built in 1926 and does resemble the finest in classic Mediterranean architecture. It is the centerpiece of George Merrick’s vision of Coral Gables as an elegant, stately suburb, which he called “The City Beautiful.” Combining his deep affection for lush South Florida landscape with a high regard for Italian, Moorish and Spanish architectural influences, Merrick realized his dream in the construction of this masterpiece.
The Consul General Adolfo Barottolo and his wife welcome everyone
Let the feasting begin! Vendors exhibit their wares
E stata una buona festa (It was a wonderful party) and would not be complete with the Italian National Anthem