The tiny hilltop hamlet of Civitella Cesi lies at the end of a long, winding road through the Etruscan countryside near Blera.
|entrance to Civitella Cesi|
It is a place where time has literally stood still, an icon of agrarian Lazio where the ancient country ways are very much alive.
|book for signatures|
We had come back to Civitella after many years for the funeral of a special person, Angelo Bartoli, creator of the experimental archeological center Antiquitates .
|entrance to the tiny church|
The Center, created by Angelo many decades ago, is known worldwide for its archeology courses, conferences, and summer programs for students that combine sports with hands-on workshops.
The tiny piazza was overflowing with people come to pay their respects to the area’s most important citizen. The men stood on one side, the women on the other, moving with the sun and trying to escape the chilly wind blowing up from the valley.
|Civitella's men paying respects to Angelo|
The derelict Torlonia palace/castle at the far end of the piazza was a sorry sight, with its broken windows and overgrown moat.
|main street, Civitella|
|following the sun|
The village’s single street populated with cats and curtained doorways with Vendesi signs attached.
Once a year this street is the venue for a popular festa dedicated to fettuccine al tartufo. It is hard to believe that 10,000 people made their way to Civitella for this gastronomic festival last August.
|in respect the casket is carried through the town|
Angelo was remembered by colleagues and friends during a conference in Vetralla’s library yesterday where we viewed a TV film entitled “In the footsteps of the Etruscans” where he was described as the “Indiana Jones of Civitella Cesi”.