Barga Vecchia January 5th 2001



more images of the Befana here


So, just who is the Befana ? She (actually it's a man who plays the Befana) comes down from the mountains....hence the large boots. Flies on a broomstick. Is generally very, very ugly and has a horrible screeching voice.

Also, s/he arrives not on December 25th but on the night of the 5th January

Now, where have we heard bits of this story before?

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