Savona has been upholding a unique and to outsiders surprising tradition, every single day for 80 years now.
Cross Piazza Mameli at 6 pm and you, as well as traffic, city hustle-bustle, and all Savonesi, will stop right in your tracks, and listen to the piazza’s monument’s bell toll twenty-one times.
The reason for this is to remember all those who died in World War I; the 21 peals stand for every letter in the Italian alphabet, representing all the last names of the fallen.
Everybody, pedestrians, car drivers, bike riders, kids and the elderly fall silent and stop in memory of the War Heroes. It is quite moving and a great way to remember these people, such as grandfathers, parents, etc.
Rest in peace all you brave men of both world wars.