|A corner of the Casa Museo|
|two apette guard the City Hall|
Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia, a tiny hamlet of just over 1000 souls, is a mere spot on the map of central Italy, well hidden among the green hills that stretch from Vetralla to Blera.
|making magic in Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia|
Last weekend its quiet streets came alive with artisans showing off their handicrafts and street artists frolicking as the village celebrated the arrival of spring .
|Dario soaks twigs for basket making in the 1909 fountain|
|Showing off finished products..with a new shirt|
The history of the town mingles with its present.
|objects of the past: clock, brush, mirror, battipanni and oil lamp|
|modern mosaic mirrors by Bruno of Blera|
Many of the artisans have "escaped" from hectic city life in New York and Rome and found a new home close to nature in which to practice their crafts and organize laboratories for children and adults.
|Cristina shows the technique for making pots|
|kitchen ware of the past|
|and the present|
Mosaic pavements of a Roman villa were discovered here a few decades ago when new water pipes were being laid.
|Rita shows kids T-shirt decoration|
More recent is the discovery nearby of an intact sanctuary dedicated to the Etruscan goddess Demetra which pushed the clock back even further to about 2,000 years ago.
|Milorad from Montenegro and Laura, who designs and makes textile bags|
|Its an open door town, note the keys in the lock|
Time goes so slowly in this area known as Etruria that those over 50 were surprised when the House Museum, Casa Museo was set up, for the interiors are just as they remembered their grandparents’ homes.
|essential bedroom furnishings|
|madia for bread making next to the fireplace|
|Cannoli with sweet ricotta cheese|
And, like all village festivals, there were plenty of good things to eat and drink during the day and at evening dinners.
|Villa Chiarini Wulf wines from nearby Vetralla|
|olive oil in repro Etruscan flask exported to China|
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Where you can find Mary Jane in the next weeks:
-May 8th-Wedding of the Trees Festival, Vetralla
-May 12th- Expat Book Writers Fair, Beehive Hotel, Rome
-May 19th- Luncheon and Writers’ Get together, Vetralla
-June 8th- Lecture “Tuscia in Viaggio”, Biblioteca di Vetralla