We are delighted to have our friends, the White family and three of their girls, staying with us once again at Tre Cancelle. You may remember that Niamh had already spent a month here in June with her elder sister Shannon. One evening we decided to trundle down to Itri to check out this year’s summer festival.
Here are the girls heading down the old Roman Via Appia towards the main square of Piazza Incoronazione.
Bethan, Caitlin, Niamh – “The Three Graces”
The festival is dedicated to the Madonna della Civita who is the patron of the town of Itri which nestles in the foothills of the Aurunci Mountains.
The main streets were decorated with brightly coloured illuminations.
A stage had been set up for the evening’s musical entertainment.
The long road of Via Farnese was lined with stall after stall of amusements and street vendors.
There were numerous food stalls selling items like roasted peanuts, lupini, multi-coloured sweets, nougat, candyfloss, guanciale, and rolls filled with porchetta.
Also for sale were every type of clothes, shoes, trainers, hats, caps, jewellery, watches, sunglasses, trinkets, noisy children’s toys, household goods, terracotta cooking pots, handy kitchen gadgets, garden implements, artificial flowers, holy paintings, goldfish, ducklings, parakeets … you name it there was a stall selling it !!!
On almost every available piece of pavement there were African peddlers, who could not afford to rent a stall, so they simply displayed their wares on a sheet stretched out on the ground.
I took a peek inside La Chiesa dell’ Annunziata.
Here the resplendent silver statue of the Madonna and Child is displayed for all to see, resting on a lavishly decorated altar.
When I stepped outside I could hear that the music had already started.
This evening a Jovanotti tribute band, known as “Jovanotte”, were to give a free concert in Itri.
We were impressed by their musical ability and the energy of their performance.
Well their music certainly got Paul’s feet tapping !!!
The following evening was the last of the festival. Having seen all the stalls the night before, we all decided to meet up for a pizza with Pat and Melinda at the Bellavista.
We enjoyed a cheery evening while we waited for the grand finale of the Festa della Madonna della Civita, a spectacular firework display.
The Bellavista has a superb view of Itri and its ancient castle.
It astounds me how a little town like Itri can put on such a magnificent firework display every year.
Brava Itri !!! We love you !!!
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott
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