On the last day of the Christmas holidays Skye, who had been playing in the piazza, heard the music approaching from one of the alleyways that lead to the beach. She threw down her skipping rope and ran up the steps to wait for the musicians to appear in front of her.
But when four enormous Befana appeared, marching towards her with scarily blank eyes she let out an ear-piercing scream and scarpered back down the steps to hide behind one of the stone lions. The huge Befana (Epiphany witches) handed out lollipops to the other braver children, but Skye stayed hidden, peeping out from behind the lion to check that she hadn't been seen. Even when the Befana proceeded to line up and dance the Macarena (a most bizzarre sight), she would not be coaxed out.
Eventually the creatures left the beach and normal activites resumed, namely skipping, scootering and pizza-eating. The next day school recommenced, as did the rain.