Saturday, October 06, 2012


Italy's colourful and interesting Carabinieri calendars are becoming collector's items and the 2013 edition will be the 85th.  

I became interested in them when I wrote an article about Italian calendars for Italy Magazine in 2009 and the following year, a Carabiniere student of mine gave me one.  A couple of weeks ago we found a forgotten 2004 edition in the new school building and a few days later, while I was waiting for a friend in the bank, I happened to remark to the manager that I liked the two he had on display in the foyer.  Imagine my surprise when he took them down and presented them to me with a flourish!  The only "gift" I had ever previously received from a bank manager having been a stroppy letter, I doubly appreciated the gesture.

The Carabineri corps will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2014 and because of this the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 calendars each document and illustrate 50 years of its history.


CherryPie said...

That was a nice surprise for you :-)

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

How absolutely wonderful of the bank manager , such a kind gesture :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Cherie. Yes, it was!

Hawkins Family said...

How nice! We will have to be on the look-out for these.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hello, Hawkins family. They're not easy to get hold of but if you know any Carabinieri they'll probably be glad to get one for you. They are very nicely illustrated and informative and people do look for former editions on ebay!


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