Sunday was one of those perfect days when you take 170 door photos, and I’m glad I spent it with Flavia in Viterbo and surroundings.
We met in Viterbo, which is about half way between us and is not in Tuscany any more but rather in Lazio.
When we reached the bar where her family friend, who lives in Viterbo and was showing us around for the next five hours, was waiting for us to have coffee, I spotted a dog party in front of the church next door.
Then I noticed more animals on a truck – a little lamb, a little goat, a little calf. Yes, it was the day when animals are blessed in Basilica Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Quercia. Whereas in the past this meant farm animals, today dogs and cats steal the show.
After coffee and cornetto (which is not ice-cream but croissant) we entered the church and could see some dogs inside with their owners, even though the majority of the animals had left. I could just imagine what ruckus my bestia would be making. He doesn’t play all that well with other males and I was glad I left him at home with amore.
The Church of the Oak has a beautiful cloister and several interesting doors and other features. Have a look at one of Flavia’s posts for some church history and more non-door photos (and a wonderful photo of the main entrance).
After that we continued to Villa Lanto in Bagnaia with the special garden and fountains, and to the town Vitorchiano with a million doors – which wasn’t even on my list of towns to visit – and you’ve got the perfect day. But more on that in the coming posts.
I’m sure there will be more days like this one because Flavia is another person who, like me, likes to concentrate on the positive, beautiful, calm and worthwhile. Well met.