The Blessed Mother appeared many times in Laus, France beginning in May 1664. The apparitions were approved by The Church on May 4, 2008 during the Holy Mass Celebrated at the shrine in the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio in France (Bishop Fortunato Baldelli), several Cardinals and Bishops.
Italy is famous for its religious festivals and one of the most bizarre is undoubtedly the Cocullo snake festival. Driving along the A25 from Rome to Pescara in Abruzzo we passed a road sign Cocullo, and even though it was a cold, rainy day in the mountains and we had to drive uphill and backwards I insisted on stopping. A tiny village famous for a festival celebrating San Domenico in a sea of live snakes is simply too weird to be missed, so we pulled up outside the local police station and took a look around.