|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).
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.
Were you one of them? What piazza or corner did you like best?
|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|
Viterbo has come a long way since the days when early American writers, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, ignored the filthy alleys of San Pellegrino and wrote negative reviews for the city. **
|dining amid the flowers|
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*p 54 Etruria Travel,History and Itineraries in Central Italy
** p 46 ETRURIA TRAVEL,HISTORY AND ITINERARIES IN CENTRAL ITALY