|the cooks at Emergency's cantina|
For the past 18 years the town of Vetralla, 65 km northeast of Rome and a short drive inland from Civitavecchia port, has been celebrating the beginning of summer with Fiori in Finestra, Cene in Cantina (Flowers in the window, dinner in the cantina) festival.
|Opening the festivities are oxen and horsemen|
|antiques & handicrafts galore|
|Piazza S. Egidio is always beautiful|
The main focus of the Cene in Cantina festival is of course the eight cool cantinas beneath the town's historic palaces which are opened up and filled with long communal tables for lunch and dinner during the two weekends.
|stone steps lead down to a cantina|
|inexpensive home made food in a "cool" cantina|
Vetralla's best cooks compete to produce tasty four-course meals with flavors of the past.Check the menus written in dialect on the website of the proloco www.prolocovetralla.it and call to book your table.
The traditional dishes include truffles, pork, hand-made pasta all cooked using Vetralla's excellent extra virgin olive oil and washed down with abundant local wine. All profits benefit local volunteer associations.