Italy's Liberation Day
Today is Italy's Liberation Day or, as we call it, "Festa della Liberazione". I haven't read that much writers of the Italian resistance movement, but I read several novels by Beppe Fenoglio and his "Il partigiano Johnny" (eng. "Johnny the Partisan") is by no doubt a great description of how partisans spent their time on the hills of Alba and the Langhe (the novel is mostly autobiographical). Read it in your native language, though, because it isn't an easy Italian.
This suggestion just to remind that Alba hasn't always been the place where Nutella is produced.
Fenoglio fits perfectly in this site, since he was very passionate about English and American literature, and he used to write his novels in English and then translate them back to Italian.
No Liberation Day can be called that way without giving a listening at "Bella Ciao". One of most famous arrangements is the one of Modena City Ramblers:
(they have also recorded an outstanding adaptation of "Fischia il vento", the Italian version of Катюша, another tune sung by the Garibaldi brigades - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHkNhULgkdw - Moreover, even if this is off-topic, I would also suggest to listen to "I cento passi", a song inspired by the movie of the same name, but listen to it only if you have watched the movie, since it contains spoilers :)
Buon 25 aprile!