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“The Walk of Art and Fine Food”
Jul 21 - Jul 22
Art and fine eating walk hand-in-hand in the course of two unforgettable evenings in one of the Lazio region’s most charming villages.
Cantalice is a small-scale wonder set in the Province of Rieti, on the slope of a rocky outcropping.
“The Walk of Art and Fine Food” has become one of the most eagerly awaited events of summer in the Province of Rieti, thanks to the quality of the dishes served, featuring the exquisite flavours of genuine local ingredients delivered straight from the grower to the table, while the event itself is held in the splendid natural setting of the town’s historic core of narrow, cobblestone streets, stone stairways and breath-taking hillside views, all to the accompaniment of live music, plus the striking effect of the town’s architectural treasures underlined with specially designed lighting.
The walk starts from the Piazza Castello, where a welcome of an aperitif and fried vegetables hors-d’oeuvres is provided. Then it is on to the Piazza San Felice, for ‘bruschetta’ toasted bread with cherry tomatoes, vintage olive oil and bacon bits, plus a local cheese and meat pie, as well as fresh pecorino cheese from the Rieti plateau and spelt wheat soup. On reaching the Piazza del Ballo, the flavours become even heartier, with servings of local roast pork. Concluding the taste experience is a homemade crème caramel dessert and espresso coffee, topped off by a final refreshing stop in the Piazza della Repubblica for watermelon.
And both evenings are also filled with entertainment, as the narrow, cobblestone streets and stone stairways are enlivened by artists who fill every corner of the town with their magic, staging musical performances, plus exhibitions by stilt-walkers, jugglers and light displays.
All this against the strikingly beautiful backdrop of the historic core of Cantalice, whose charming streets, together with the churches of San Felice, the Madonna della Misericordia and Santa Maria del Popolo, deserve a visit all on their own. And for those who prefer walking amidst nature, there are any number of bucolic trails, so of which reach as far afield as the towns of Terminillo and Leonessa.