|Fashionable Roberta De Vito and Fulvio, Piazza dei Priori, Viterbo|
Those of us who live in the provinces still see women wearing fur coats for the fashion statement of small town Italy is very conservative.
|historic palazzo on the Corso, Viterbo|
A stroll along the Corso in any provincial town in central Italy includes meetings with old friends, admiring vintage cars and, if its a Sunday, a plethora of people with packets of pastries to enrich the Sunday lunch.
|vintage FIAT 600|
|APE flower seller|
If the town is Viterbo the pastries will probably come from the newest chic pastry shop Le Cose Buone or the newly reopened Café Schenardi in an historic palazzo along the Corso.
Since 1492, the historic building has been operating in different guises: a bank in the 1500s, an inn where Queen Victoria stayed and even a McDonald’s . UPDATE: the bar has recently been closed down. (July 2017)
|the historic Schenardi cafe,Viterbo|
The bar is looking good but if they want my custom, they will need to lower the volume of the piped music.
This week to celebrate International Womens’ Day, a group of artisans have set up an exhibit and sale of their handmade wares in the Sala Anselmi, in the center of town.
|Lina's beautiful dolls|
I noted some lovely hand-made dolls and aprons while the gaudy trinkets and flashy necklaces left me cold.
Rosina Presutti has some good looking bags in waterproof cotton, velvet, leather and other materials. The pricing is also unique – a cute ladybug cotton print tote put me back only 5 euro and her attractive bags are going for 60 euro.
We are fortunate to have many valid artisans working in our area.
Thanks go to second-generation local blacksmith Angelo Pieracci who creates, from your design or his, unique balustrades, bed heads, curtain rods, door handles, etc.
This week one of the massive wrought iron armchairs, originally made in Florence in the 1970s, was brought back to life by Angelo with a new wrought iron seat to replace the ruined leather.
|wrought iron with a cushion instead of leather seat|
|vintage armchair awaits restoration|
Now the search is on for the upholsterer who can transform this 1930s Frau armchair which has survived three generations of use. Here is the “before” photo. In a few months I will publish the
”after” photo when the ruined leather has been stripped away and a new (velvet ?) upholstery has been added making it useful for the next three generations. Suggestions for type and color of covering and upholsterer are welcome. UPDATE : Paola Mattiacci upholster in Vetralla has given a new lease on life to the armchair.
Who can spot the photo that was NOT taken in Viterbo, but in Rome ??