Chiara Rossi

Notte di San Lorenzo - Zagarolo

Contests and festivals for San Lorenzo in Zagarolo

The week long festivities for San Lorenzo, patron saint of Zagarolo, involve both religion and tradition. At night on the day of San Lorenzo, 10 August, there is the night of falling stars celebrating with glasses of wine, and beside these festivities is the religious festival. Zagarolo is a jewel of artistic beauty, the triumph … Continued

Zagarolo Palazzo Rospigliosi

Ghost of Zagarolo: a pilgrim on Francigena Way

A special part of history took place inside the Rospigliosi Palace where the ghost of Zagarolo is condemned to follow the Francigena Way. The Francigena Way is the path that many pilgrims travelled in the Middle Ages from the north of Europe to Rome, to the tomb of St. Peter. Some went on to Brindisi, … Continued

Rocca Priora Narciso

White Daffodils: the spring flower of Rocca Priora

In Spring the Rocca Priora vales change colour: the usual green expanse is tinted with the white of wonderful daffodils that give the village a new image  while an intense aroma fills the air of emotions. The English speaker among us may be reminded from our school days of Wordsworth’s poem I wandered lonely as … Continued

Pizze della Pasqua di Rocca Priora by Chiara Rossi

Flavours and history of a traditional Rocca Priora Easter

It takes Just a scent to rekindle a sweet memory , linked to a flavour that tastes of a simpler past, rich in history and tradition. This is what happens every year when the smell of the first traditional Rocca Priora Passover Easter cakes, prepared with love and passion by my mother,  invade the rooms … Continued

A master craftsman carpenter in Rocca Priora by Gina Zee

A master craftsman carpenter in Rocca Priora

Rocca Priora is famous both for its forests, whose history arises from a mini ice age, and also for its craftsmen carpenters capable of working the timber to produce fine wood products. Traditionally the timber from these woods provided a valuable raw material used in Venice for building the foundations of the houses of the … Continued

Tradition of Scottone Cheese from Rocca Priora

We are in a square in the town, with a copper pan, and a young shepherd are the focus of the ancient tradition of scottone cheese in Rocca Priora. The festival of the Scottone animates the cold Sunday in Rocca Priora, the town that occupies the highest peak of the Castelli Romani in a magical … Continued

Colle di Fuori: church you would not expect

Observing the view from Rocca Priora, the highest township of the Castelli Romani, you can see between two strips of land a small urban settlement dominated by an unusual church with a tall steeple that leaves us the feeling of being in an alpine landscape. But no, we are in Colle di Fuori a small … Continued