Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Pipes

I have been reminded twice this week that this is the season for Italy's Christmas pipes. At Christmas time the zampognari come down from the hills - the Alps according to this morning's news broadcast from Vatican Radio - and play for the Romans.

And just a few days ago my e-friend Eloise sent me this shot of the zampognari at the Holy Father's weekly audience:

A little rooting around revealed several videos giving a sample of their playing. Here's one: