Steep Via Cairoli connecting two of Viterbo’s main piazze is a typical Italian street with dozens of tiny shops: a bookshop, pharmacy, travel agency and a pastry shop.
The one we feature here, Pasticceria Casantini, has been churning out great cappuccini, gelati and pastries since 1970 and is known for cakes with seasonal themes that can be admired in its window. There are the usual sweets for the Carnival season, but this year also saw unique Etruscan style vases made of chocolate for St.Valentine’s Day. The shop’s chocolate specialist, Katia, showed us pure chocolate bucchero ware similar to vases dating from 500 B.C. kept in the nearby National Museum.
Mary Jane Cryan historian, cruise lecturer,author and publisher of books on Italian history and central Italy has been residing in Italy for half a century. See her award winning website www.elegantetruria.com and weekly blog posts on http://50yearsinitaly.blogspot.it for more about central Italy and to order books directly from the author.