Events Wash Day at il Lavatoio by Annie September 30, 2015 written by Annie September 30, 2015 Lavatoio simply means “wash house”. Many that were built in the 1850’s in the smaller towns are still fully functional. This neighborhood wash house, for example, is still used every day by the signore of Piazza del Sole (Piazza of the Sun) in the beautiful town of Vetralla, about 45 miles north-west of Rome.The first signora to arrive gets the “upper” tub where the clean water flows in. After a hearty scrub on the smooth stone, the clothes are rinsed, then hung to dry in the piazza. During summer’s hottest days the lavatoio does double duty as an improvised pool for the local kids. On those days their mothers are probably thinking, “Due piccioni con una fava!“, literally “Two pigeons with one broad bean.” 0 comment 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail previous post La Piadina Romagnola next post Todi, a Jewel in Umbria Related Posts The Miracle of the Snow September 30, 2019 Matera’s Longest Day July 29, 2019 Touching Nola’s Cultural Intangible July 1, 2016 Mozzafiato Majesty of il Piano Grande July 10, 2015 Floral Passione Explodes in Bucchianico (part II) May 20, 2015 In Foligno, “a Galileo Universe” April 17, 2015 Burning Down the Town? September 30, 2014 VideoNote: La Ruzzola del Formaggio March 6, 2014 Horses in Bloom March 5, 2013 Magnalonga: walking (and eating) for a good cause. June 4, 2012 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.