Today started like many other Thursdays at the Hazelhut with a trip to the fabulous Fagetta at lago di Vico. Our trekkers set off with newly cut bamboo sticks ready for a steep climb through the forest.
They made it all the way up to the 'Devil's Well' and some daring children even jumped in!
On returning we had a party for the daughter of our insect experts, who turned 5 today!
There were lots of tasty things to eat and later we played some party games - 'Pass the Parcel' and a Hazelhut favourite: 'The Chocolate Game'.
In the evening we went up to Parco dei Cimini to meet our hosts for the evening. The children enjoyed saying 'Hello' to the animals, but the real event was in the nearby city of Viterbo.
Every year the patron saint of Viterbo, Santa Rosa, is commemorated on the 3rd of September with a street party and the carrying of an ENORMOUS tower and statue through the streets. 100 strong men are needed to lift it and move it to the different stations in the city. The Hazelhutters were given VIP treatment as they had an escorted bus ride to the busy centre and then a long wait in the Piazza del Comune.
To pass the time, we chatted, took photos, snacked and listened to the crowds. Then finally some policemen sent us to the very front where the 'Macchina di Santa Rosa' was about to appear.
When it finally came around the corner, no one could believe how tall and majestic the 'Macchina' was!
Thanks to the very kind Caporossi family, we were even able to walk underneath it and see all the places where the 'facchini' would carry it.
It was a wonderful experience and one which we will all treasure, but the Hazelhutters were exhausted and happy to get back home just before midnight!