Bella Ciao

I heard on the news this evening that the Christmas concert given in Bologna’s church of Santa Teresa del Bambin Gesu has caused uproar. It included the wonderful partisan anthem, Bella Ciao! I don’t think the parroco knew it was in the programme.

Here is a version sung by Yves Montand, born Ivo Livi whose family fled Mussolini’s Italy in the 1920s


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

10 thoughts on “Bella Ciao”

    1. Italy is going through a bad patch. The deputy for Bologna which used to be solid Communist is a support of Salvini. He was outraged. It is a song about liberty, but Fascists don’t know anything about that.

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