August 13, 2009
Town goes back to the ducat for one day
Residents of a small Italian town abandoned the euro for a single day, with local shops accepting only the former European currency, the ducat.
The town of Celenza Valforte allowed visitors to exchange their euros for ducats Thursday to spend in local stalls, bars and restaurants as a means of celebrating history through the currency used for hundreds of years, ANSA reported Thursday.
Celenza Valforte officials also switched off the town's electricity for the day and more than 100 residents were recruited to play historical characters including lords, ladies, knights and fire-eaters.