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Festival of the Marzolina of Ausonia
June 30th. Ausonia is a village on a hill in the Ausoni Mountains along the road that connects Cassino with Formia and at the end of June it hosts the famous Sagra della Marzolina, the traditional soft goat’s cheese.
The marzolina is produced in all the mountainous areas of the lower Lazio, such as Ausoni, Lepini, and Aurunci Mountains and in the hills of the Valle di Comino. In each of these areas it takes particular aromas and flavours of the district and that of Ausonia can be tasted fresh, either in oil or flavoured with local spices or with chili.
The Festival owes its name to the month of March, when cheese is prepared before being seasoned on racks that once were woven in wicker. Marzolina has been included in the Slow Food Presidium among traditional products.
This is a great opportunity to visit the village and its Sanctuary of the Madonna del Piano with a crypt with frescoes that tell the story of the whole of Lazio and how the Abbey of Montecassino brought back well-being and a socio-economic structure to this area.