Italians love fireworks (buon 4 luglio a tutti!)
Above: A fireworks display in Trieste, Italy (image via Wikipedia).
According to the Wikipedia entry for pirotecnica (pyrotechnics), “Italy is one of the countries that has a marked pyrotechnic identity.”
The bottom line? Italians love fireworks.
Italy is home to one of the world’s leading gatherings of pyrotechnic enthusiasts: Caput Lucis, the international fireworks championship, now in its tenth year.
Most believe that fireworks were first introduced in Italy by Marco Polo who brought them back from Asia in the thirteenth century.
By the time of the Renaissance, fireworks had become a true art form in Italy and they played an important role in aristocratic pageantry. Most believe that the invention of fireworks can be attributed to the Chinese but that it was the Italians who turned them into a form of celebratoin.
Today, some of the world’s leading producers of fireworks are Italian.
And here in the U.S., Grucci — the “first family of fireworks” — traces its roots back to nineteenth century Puglia where it was founded.
Wishing everyone a fun and safe holiday, buon 4 luglio!