Wednesday, 8 October 2008

It's A Miracle! Water Turns Into Wine in Italy

Every year the town of Marino holds a festival to commemorate the return of Admiral Marcantonio Colonna following his victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in October 1571. This year a miracle happened – well, sort of.

The marble fountain in the town square is set to spurt forth with sparkling white wine piped directly from the local vineyard in celebration of the safe return of the 250 sailors from the battle all those centuries ago. When the Mayor Adriano Palozzi, the parish priest and locals gathered round the fountain, with glasses at the ready for a drop of crisp dry white, they were left disappointed as the everyday water poured out.

However minutes later householders were shouting “it's a miracle” as wine flowed from their kitchen taps. A plumbing mishap had diverted the wine to the domestic houses and word quickly spread. Soon everyone was filling up bottles and plastic containers with the wine.

Mayor Palozzi said: 'It was a surprise and completely unexpected - workmen are fixing the problem which obviously came about through a technical error. . . I don't think it dampened the enthusiasm of people at the festival though, and everyone still had a good time.'

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