Friday, May 11, 2012

The 85th Meeting of the Alpini - Bolzano 2012

Starting from today until Sunday, Bolzano is inundated by hundreds of thousands of Alpini (estimated between 300,000 and 500,000). This is the 85th "Adunata degli Alpini" (the 85th Meeting of the Alpini) organized by the ANA. The ANA (Associazione Nazionale Alpini or National Alpini Association) is a registered society representing the "Veci" or former members of the Alpini corps. As the "Veci" see themselves as merely "on leave" rather than veterans, the ANA is colloquially known to be the 10th Alpini Regiment. Since 1920 every year ANA organizes a national reunion of the "Veci". Hundreds of thousands of Alpini congregate with family and friends to an Italian city for a weekend in the late spring to celebrate, drink heavily and have a good time while remembering old times. This year is Bolzano the city that hosts them.


Bolzano says: Welcome Alpini !

in Italian language...

... and in German language.

Thousands of flags are waving on the streets of Bolzano

many gadgets are available


Anonymous said...

Love this!

Dina said...

It's interesting reading about these Alpine troops and the veterans. Thanks for this look into the way Bolzano welcomes them.

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