Traffic Warden's Epiphany 2022

Befana del Vigile Urbano 2022
Befana del Vigile Urbano 2022
Palazzo Gambacorti
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The exhibition entitled "La Befana del Vigile negli anni 50" will be open from Saturday 10 December 2022 until Sunday 9 January 2023 in the atrium of Palazzo Gambacorti. The initiative is sponsored by the Municipality of Pisa, Pisa Municipal Police, Vespa Club d'Italia, Vespa Club Pisa, Ape Club Italia - Pisa Section, with the contribution of Gianfaldoni Giocattoli, Hobby Centro and Scuderia Kinzica.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday 10 December at 6.30 p.m. and can be visited every day, except holidays, from 7.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.

On Friday 6 January, the 'Re-enactment of the Befana del Vigile Urbano and the Vespa Club'. A tradition that dates back to the 1950s when the custom of going to the Traffic Wardens' stations, located in the middle of intersections at important points in the city, to bring them gifts. Panettone, pandoro, bottles of wine, toys, parcels of pasta were the gifts deposited by ordinary citizens. This tradition had a double meaning: that of gratitude for the work carried out by the municipal police in the city and that of solidarity towards the less well-off. On the following days, a portion of the gifts received from the population was donated to charity by the municipal police.

Over the years, this tradition has been maintained, but the object and purpose of the event has been changed, directing attention solely towards the message of solidarity: all gifts received are donated by the Municipal Police to help the less fortunate, with particular attention to children in hospital. The proceeds of this year's edition will benefit the young patients of the Stella Maris Institute in Calambrone and the paediatric oncohaematology department of the Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria di Pisa.

This is the programme planned for 6 January:

- 9.30 am: Start of concentration of participants and historical vehicles in Piazza XX Settembre - Lungarno Gambacorti with the "Clown Doctors" of the Ridolina association

- 10.00 a.m.: Start of collection of gifts and toys together with the Befana and the Officer in period uniform, to be handed over to the young patients at the "Stella Maris Calambrone" and "AOUP Pisa Paediatric Oncohaematology" health facility

- 11.30 a.m.: Parade of vintage vehicles through the city with escort of Municipal Police officers on motorbikes