By Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi
Cities for Life Day, is celebrated every year on November 30th, it is a worldwide initiative that supports the abolition of the death penalty.
The Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now part of Italy) was the first civil state in the world to abolish torture and capital punishment on November 30, 1786 On Cities for Life Day, more than 1600 cities and towns in the world illuminate a symbolic monument to show their commitment to the abolition of the death penalty.
Montescudaio is a small, lovely, medieval town in Tuscany founded in the XI century. It is surrounded by vineyards, olive gardens and fields of wheat and sunflowers. It is one of the many towns highlighting this event by illuminating its Torre Civica (municipal tower). A plaque on the tower reads: “This monument will be illuminated for two consecutive nights each time a government around the world decides to abolish the death penalty or when a death sentence is commuted to life imprisonment.“
This November 30th, Montescudaio’s tower as well as other monuments in the towns of the Tuscan region of Val di Cecina will be illuminated simultaneously.
Browse the gallery below to see more beautiful images of Montescudaio.