Rome celebrates Republic Day with tri-color jet streams

    freccetricoli2Italy today celebrated the 68th anniversary of its transformation from a monarchy to a republic, following a Landmark popular referendum in 1946, at the end of World War II. As usual, the occasion was marked by a military parade observed by the country’s highest authorities and the placing of a commemorative wreath before the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Victor Emanuel monument at Piazza Venezia. But this year, the military jets known as the Frecce Tricoloriwere back, after having been eliminated two years ago as a token of austerity.

    These fantastic pilots sweep over the Roman skies spewing tricolor (red, white and green) jets of smoke to honor the Italian flag. It is a spectacular event in which most Italians take extreme pride.