“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Shortly before the centuries-old bell tower tolled five o’clock, a crowd of uninvited and surprise guests huddled together on Modena’s Piazza Grande to celebrate a marriage. A crisp-white Fiat dressed in balloons stood guard on the cobbled Italian town square, ready to whisk the new couple away.
Step-by-step, in elegant unison, the two sauntered down the staircase of Modena’s town hall, the Palazzo Comunale, and the crowd sang Can’t Help Falling in Love. Perhaps in English, perhaps in Italian. Pieces of confetti danced in the air above the pair, blissful grins on their faces.
I pondered why the moment had stopped so many casual passersby in their tracks. Perhaps it’s because it reminded us of our own love story, or perhaps for others, one that’s still waiting to be written. On that Saturday afternoon it also epitomized to us the magic and serendipitous moments that slow travel provides when you’re least looking for them.
Congratulazioni agli sposi - Congratulations to the newlyweds!
Our Modena visit was supported by the Emilia-Romagna Tourist Board, to which we extend thanks.
An extra special thank you to Nick and Francesca for coordinating all the details and making us feel so welcome in Emilia-Romagna.
Photography & text © by Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.