[quote]If San Vicino puts the hat, sell the goats and buy the umbrella. If San Vicino puts the pants, sell umbrella and buy the goats.” (Proverb)[/quote]
Le Marche is a fascinating and mysterious italian region, full of myths, legends, proverbs and folk tales that the elders of the villages, scattered in the mountains and hills of the territory, are handed down from time immemorial. A saying in particular, related to the first snow on San Vicino mountain, seems to suggest the weather trend of winter based on how he drop on the mount. There are two version of this saying and the more modern word “umbrella” has recently replaced the historic “cloack”.
The first concerns the clouds: if they’re going to cover the top of the mountain (puts hat), it is expected that it will rain (buy umbrella); if it will cover its base (puts his pants) leaving the top visible, it is expected that it will be good weather (buy goats).
The second concerns the snow: if it will cover only the top of the mountain (puts hat), it is expected that the winter will be cold (buy umbrella or cloack); if it will come down to the valley (puts his pants), it is expected that the winter will be mild (buy goats).
In this photo the Monte San Vicino mountain, the highlands between Treia and Treia, Treia and the Valle del Potenza, partially whitewashed by the snow of these days.