In 1922, during the construction of a house in the center of Veroli, a slab was found that covered an ancient tomb of an early Christian cemetery. This slab dates back to the first century AD and reported the first three months of the Roman calendar with the indication of all religious festivals, official events and markets and reported the words Fasti Verolani.
The Latin word ‘fasti’ means ‘what is permitted and which is legitimate in the eyes of the gods’. The three-month days of Ian (uarius), Feb (ruarius) and M (artius) show the letters F, C, N, NP, EN which mean.
F – Fasti were the days when everyone did their public and private work, the courts worked but the rallies could not be held
C – Comitials, in which the rallies could be convened
N – Nefarious days when you could not work and were dedicated exclusively to worship
NP – Holidays
EN – “nefarious at the beginning and at the end, but fasti in the middle” were the days when they were sacred only early in the morning and in the evening while the rest of the day you could carry out the occupations
The feriae instead were the festivals consecrated to the deities in general but also to the dead and the spirits of the afterlife. In the calendar of Veroli January 14 is the date of birth of Antonio and is not considered a positive day while January 17 remembers the wedding day of Augustus with Livia.
Veroli is a millenary town that turns during the summer months of July and August into a magical place of fun, all inspired by the marble inscription dating back to the Roman period. The Fasti Verolani festivities are 5 days dedicated to the culture of entertainment in which traditional games and goliardia are combined into new ways of experiencing the ancient town.
The key players are over 30 groups of street artists from all over the world who animate the different areas of the town and the ancient village.
Art and culture? The shows are carried out in a part of the Agostino Cloister, that is set up and designed for the occasion by the Academy of Fine Arts of Frosinone.
The town is divided into 5 thematic areas, each with different colours, where you can experience different emotions. The Green Area is dedicated to the ‘Sounds of Seba’ with the sonic vibrations of the majestic Gong and a dreamlike journey following a visionary style.
The Sepia Area, in the amphitheatre, is that of the jesters: from Mistero Buffo by Dario Fo, beautifully interpreted by Matthias Martelli, up to the Puppurrì theatre and traditional games with new tracks for marbles and spinning tops. Other artists will lead in a playful course between Science and Magic.
The Ochre Area is dedicated to many exciting displays in small spaces where you can meet crowds of people. It starts with the living paintings dedicated to Caravaggio in the Palazzo Comunale, then moving on to the vibrations in the Cryptoporticus and also to artists in the Civic Museum.
In the Magenta area, is where crazy improvisations and travel stories in the local dialect are told by amazing story tellers, in amazing setting of the Campanari Palace courtyard.
In the Celestial (sky blue) area you can find excellent street performers, and some special international artists who walk on tightrope, climb, do clown acts, mime, acrobatic artists and fire shows.