A little bit of Scotland in Italy

Gurro is a small town in the Piedmont region of Italy close to the Swiss border. Legend has it that when Francis I of France was defeated at the Battle of Pavia in 1525 the Scottish mercenaries in his service headed north for home. When they arrived in Gurro in the Italian Alps they were snowed in for the winter and never quite moved on.  

The locals still celebrate their Scottish heritage, they are allowed to wear a Scottish tartan and wear kilts, have a Scottish museum and can  trace back the traditional female costume to a Scottish influence. Experts have detected more than 800 Scottish words in their local dialect (which apparently even includes “aye” for yes and “nah” for no!) and the surname Donaldi comes from MacDonald!

Although in Italian this is a lovely short film showing the local children in traditional costume and lets you see a bit of the town and the museum

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