In some places the bonfires have become the symbol of the rivalry between two villages or between neighborhoods within the same town, such as in Pontremoli, northern Tuscany.
Each year in January Pontremoli – in the Lunigiana area, northern Tuscany – celebrates an old medieval rivalry with two big events connected to bonfires. The protagonists of the bonfires are the parishes of San Niccolò and San Geminiano, competing to build the biggest and best bonfire.
Every year thousand of people come to the riverbed of Pontremoli on January 17 for the bonfire of San Niccolò and on January 31st for the one of San Geminiano. Read more about the Bonfires of Pontremoli.