During the summer months the population of Itri swells with holiday visitors and as families that emigrated abroad return to their beloved home town. Many come to attend Itri’s July festival which is held in honour of its patron, “La Madonna della Cività”.
The festival always culminates in a splendid firework display which emanates from the magnificent castle that dominates the old medieval quarter.
During July and August Itri holds a whole host of events and this year we ventured to see the “Festa Medievale” which was also held up in the old historic part of town. We arrived early, however the streets were already jammed with cars heading for the festival, and parking spaces were at a premium. So we decided to park in the lower part of town and continue by making our way on foot.
The old town is a warren of narrow cobble stone streets, archways, gates and stairways. It is full of interesting nooks and crannies, there is something of interest around every corner.
In the main square traditional games had been set up to entertain the children.
By the castle there was a display of falconry with live birds of prey – Such exquisite creatures.
As we wandered through the narrow alleyways amongst the jostling crowd we came across local folk dressed in Medieval costumes, acting as feudal lords, courtiers, swordsmen, archers, flag throwers and street musicians.
There were also stalls selling traditional gastronomic delights and arts and crafts …..
and an exhibition of gruesome implements of torture.
The authentic atmosphere of Itri’s historic old town was just perfect for such an event and I think an enjoyable evening was had by all.
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott
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