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I giorni della merla – The days of the blackbird

I giorni della merla – The days of the blackbird

legend has it that the weather is so cold during the last three days of January that the white birds that take shelter in the chimney tops emerge black from soot.

The last days of January are known as “days of the blackbird” in Italy, denoting the coldest days of the year. In some cities, it’s called i tre giorni della merla, or the three days of the blackbird. There are numerous versions of the legend behind it, and here are just two: Long, long ago […]