|dressed for the flower festival in San Pellegrino|
Pauline Stiles was a rare American visitor to Viterbo a century ago who penned an uncomplimentary description of the San Pellegrino medieval quarter of Viterbo in her book “New Footsteps in Old Places” (1917).
|lilies leading to the Duomo|
She described the quarter as a dark, mysterious and smelly place with ."....an odor that disgusts one’s olfactory sense so completely that the others hardly survive!”*
|crowds at the Duomo and Papal Palace|
Times have changed over the century and the droves of visitors to the San Pellegrino flower festival (May 1-4) were thrilled with the colors and perfumes that wafted through the narrow medieval streets and piazzas decked with flowers.
|a beautiful piazza and B&B|
Surely there were many American and other foreign visitors in Viterbo from May 1st to 4th who enjoyed the highlights and novelties of this year's San Pellegrino's festival.
|medieval shards at the tiny St. Rosa Venerini museum|
I noticed a definite improvement on the past editions of the festival, with dozens of new stands and activities that the thousands of visitors much appreciated.
|new bookshop near Duomo|
|orchids decorate Piazza della Morte|
|with Irene, head of Viterbo's Pro Loco, Davide and Franco|
|a gurgling fountain|
|sleepy cat ignores tourists|
|medieval arches and colorful flowers|
|with sculptor Morucci|
|sculptor Ivano learns the drums|
|corks with cacti|
|dining amid the flowers|
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