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.
Resident in Italy since 1965, historian, author of guides and books on Italy and Italian history, publisher, cruise ship lecturer and founder of Elegant Etruria travel consultancy. Mary Jane was one of the first contributors to Italian Notebook in 2007. Sign up for her blog 50yearsinItaly for more stories about life in central Italy.