The highlight of Itri’s year is the festival dedicated to its patron – La Madonna della Cività held over the span of three days – 20th, 21st, 22nd July and it іs celebrated wіth several religious processions with strong townsmen carrying the silver statue of the Madonna and Child through all the quarters of Itri.
The silver statue is normally kept in a secure side chapel of La Chiesa dell’ Annunziata for safe keeping.
By night the town is adorned with multi-coloured illuminations, and people flock to take part in the celebrations.
During such warm balmy evenings people enjoy leisurely “passeggiata-ing”. The full length of Via Civita Farnese is lined with food vans, numerous noisy fair booths, and cosmopolitan merchants selling an diverse array of objects and knick-knacks. For the youngsters there is normally a fairground and amusements, and stalls selling sweets and toys.
Each night there is a musical event, this year there was a classical concert by a Police band, a Pink Floyd tribute band and on the last night a “past their best ageing pop star” !!!
The final night culminates in a spectacular firework display held at the castle. We drove up to the Bellavista Restaurant which overlooks the town, with a perfect view of the castle.
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott