The Italian Village of La California Hosted Its Own American Elections

Oct 28, 2020 281

BY: Guia Cortassa

THE SS1 AURELIA HIGHWAY RUNS along Italys Tuscan coast, which makes it one of the most familiar holiday routes in the nation. Among the sites along the road is an oddity that never fails to catch the eye of drivers and passengers: a sign, at kilometer 273, on the edge of the city limits of Cecina.

On it, an arrow points toward a small exit on the big highway: La California.” “That sign is always brand new,” says local historian Marco Andrenacci. It gets stolen at least once a year, never has the chance to wear out.” Between Cecina and Bibbona, La California is a small village sitting on a plot of land that once belonged to the former commune and later passed to the latter. 

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