Lunigiana did itself proud when it played host to the Australian television programme, Out of the Blue, in Filetto on Saturday, 7 September 2013. The lifestyle programme was treated to medieval costumes, flag waving, sword fighting, artisans of old, and traditional food from the region. Very impressive.
The Gruppo Storico di Aulla with its flag waving and drums led the medieval procession into the piazza. The Compagnaia della Spada di Aulla laid on a splendid sword fight, which the crew loved – and of course filmed. The hosts of the show Michael Angelakis and Michael Keelan were treated to cooking demonstrations of testaroli and frittelle di castagna (chestnut pancakes), and a tasting of Lunigiana’s finest delicacies. The falconer gave an impressive mini display, there was wool being spun, baskets being woven, and a blacksmith demonstrating his skills for the cameras.
The episode of Out of the Blue filmed in Filetto is scheduled to air on Australian television in a new series starting in April 2014. The programme is broadcast in South Australia on Channel 7 and in the rest of Australia on Channel 7TWO.