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!