|outside the Papal Palace|
I have been reporting on the Viterbo Antiques Fair since its inception 35 years ago, so yesterday’s inauguration was very much a déjà vu experience .
|article from 1981|
|reporting on Viterbo show, 1983|
|an elegant table|
|Giulio Curti (BIC Lazio) and wife, Felice Orlandini (Polizia di Stato) & Fulvio|
When I covered the first Viterbo Antiques show in 1980, we waited on the steps while dealers finished setting up their stands and the red carpet was being unrolled.
|last minute preparations|
The number of exhibitors (43) is about the same as the first editions of the fair and there has been a generational change with many new names and younger faces.
Keeping up with modern times the organizers served finger food and drinks and local reporters concentrated on snapping pictures of politicians, the bishop and local VIPs rather than the works of art.
|Villa San Michele organized the drinks reception|
Thus dealers from out of town (the majority) have a chance to enjoy the local amenities which include hot thermal pools, Etruscan sites, Renaissance palaces and gardens.
The entrance ticket is also valid for the Museo Civico of Viterbo where you can see masterpieces by Sebastiano del Piombo and an exhibit on the Knights Templars.
|1920s-30s ceramics of Raffaello Pernici|
Meeting place, Papal Palace, Viterbo.
|portrait of a 17th century violinist of Cremona|
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|Art Dèco clock|
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