I’ve known the “monumento ai caduti” in Sarzana’s main square for over 15 years and have always been impressed, but it was only when I visited it last year with a local and very knowledgeable guide that it really came alive for me. Today it was joined in the town’s main square by a roundabout left over from the Christmas and New Year festivities, and maybe, awaiting the arrival of the Befana on Friday night just to round off the holiday season.  The other statue in brutalist style is less prominent but certainly attracted a lot of attention, especially from the ladies in the party, when we visited last year. We may have to return this May, to lunch again under the portico at La Bettola di Nonna Felicita. Trip Advisor delightfully describes it as having “unpretentious First Class food”. I’d second that. If you would like to find out for yourself pop along to Via Gramsci 21 in the centre of Sarzana. I wish I’d gone there myself today rather than the iconic bar in Piazza Matteotti which seems to have lost its way a bit. Hopefully, it will find its way back again when life returns to normal next week.

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