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Last weekend was terrible hot in North Italy, so we went on the Lake Maggiore, at the home of my parents.
They have that home in a small village on the Lombardian shore of the lake: Portovaltravaglia.
Saturday night there was the Notte dei Mezaràt (the Night of the Bats - in the local dialect: Ràt is a mouse, Mez means Half, so Half-Mouse = Bat!). It is a small festival with jazz bands in the squares, vernissage in the gallerys, all the bars and restaurants and bakeries were open all the night to the sunrise, and the "father" of that small "street fair" is Dario Fo the Nobel Prize for Literature of the 1997. He was born in Sangiano, few miles Southern than the Lake, but when he was very young all his family came to Portovaltravaglia to live there. Fo, then went to Milano to University and lived there from more than 50 years, but all the rest of his family lived also today in the small village. It's not rare find him during week ends or in the summer days.
3 years ago, Fo wrote a book about his childhood, the Book was titled The Village of the Mezaràts. And he talked about Portovaltravaglia and the inhabitants.
So the Council of Portovaltravaglia decided to organize evrey year the Festival of the Mezaràt, with Dario Fo.
The first 2 editions have a great succeses.
In that image you can see Dario Fo that was looking to the Piedmont shore of the Lake Maggiore from the small pier of Portovaltravaglia, feww minutes before the official opening of the 2005 Night of the Mezaràts. (all are waiting for the last sunrays).

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