This morning at 8:15 AM, I was awoken by 45 minutes of grand fireworks. Yes, it is officially the start of the Festival of Our lady of Montallegro which is the weekend long celebration of the patron saint of Rapallo.
The story goes like this, a peasent was walking home in the mountains from Rapallo and the Madonna appeared to him and told him to build a church on that exact spot. So they did.
I hear there is much more coming. There is a procession, the castle is lite up, the city is full of people, and there will be many more fireworks displays. It should be a fun weekend!