Festival of the ‘Sagne’ and Beans

In September the traditional dish is celebrated. It is Ciociaro “sagne”, similar to tagliatelle but rougher maltagliate (square pasta), cooked with local beans. Sagne are mixed by women of Arnara dressed in the typical Ciociaro costume and the sagne are tasted to the accompaniment of folk music.

Gnocchi Festival

The festival takes place the weekend after the feast of the Madonna del Carmine. The dumplings are one of the typical local dishes and are made with a mixture of potatoes and flour by the inhabitants of Arnara. They are served with different types of tomato sauce.

Festival of Madonna del Carmine

On July 16 is celebrated the Festival of Madonna del Carmine, the main festival of the town, with a procession and the people who take part carrying torches and flowers. For the occasion, the streets where the procession passes are decorated with paintings made with flower petals. The ‘pagan’ festival includes a tasting of typical … Continued

Festival of buffalo mozzarella and agriculture

The buffaloes have been bred in Ciociaria since before record taking, as evidenced by the old municipal statutes that had a section of buffalo tributes. At one time, the buffalo were used to help in the work of the fields and every family had several heads. The agriculture festival was created to promote local products: … Continued

Autumn holiday

The third Sunday of October is celebrated in Autumn with an enormous cake of 25 meters made by local pastry makers. All accompanied by local wine, chestnuts and popular music.

Cabbage Festival

The first Sunday of September the cabbage is celebrated as one of the main products of the earth.

Saint Bartholomew Patron Saint

On August 24, the patron saint is celebrated with a solemn religious ceremony and a procession on the streets of the town.

Feast of Madonna dei Fratelli

The third Sunday in July is dedicated to emigrants and has for decades been the point of reference and a moment of meeting of Fontechiaresi around the world .

Walk of the five springs

The walk through the springs is a rich experience in Fontechiari and is what inspired the current name of the town.

Chalices in Borgo

During the month of August there is a festival dedicated to wine and music. People visit the Old Town tasting great wines selected by a sommelier, sampling local foods, being cheered by bands such as Quaqquaria, a folk music group, and jazz bands, and dancing the saltarello.  

Strengozze Festival

In September, the village celebrates the Festival of “Strengozze”, a special type of hand-made pasta prepared by local housewives as they once did. It is possible to taste the pasta with tomato sauce and garlic enhanced by the scent of the “persa”, a herb similar to marjoram that grows in this area. The festival includes … Continued

Feast of San Felice

On May 18 Cantalice celebrates its patron San Felice and the statue of the saint, dressed in the typical dress of the Capuchins, is carried in procession with solemn liturgies and concerts, performed by the band “City of Cantalice”. These celebrations involve the five fraternities in the country, those of St. Anthony, of Mercy, of … Continued

Living Nativity

This event is not to be missed on Christmas day. The whole town becomes a living nativity scene set in the 1800’s, with a evocative and exciting setting. To enter, you leave your Euro and you can only use the old ‘money’

Feast of San Sio

The festival takes place on September 23 and consists of a solemn mass and a procession along the streets of Castro. For this occasion, on the third Sunday of September, the event is enriched with popular traditions with songs and dances in the square such as the famous salterello. The saltarello, or “ballarella”, is accompanied … Continued

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Festival of Watermelon

In the best Italian traditions, August is the month of ‘cocomerata’ (watermelon) in the square and a festival devoted to this summer fruit par excellence.  

Lachena Sagra

This is a feast to pay homage to one of Ciociaria’s typical dishes: homemade pasta made simply with water and flour accompanied with various types of sauce.

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Roast Festival

A celebration of meat roasted on a bed of charcoal is enjoyed with friends on the evenings of August. You can enjoy lamb, sausages, pork and meat skewers accompanied by traditional music and dances.

Days of the Old Statutes and Palio Del Concone

  This beautiful and traditional festival takes place in June and includes group games, culinary events, dancing. Medieval costumes are featured with a procession that also involves other municipalities.

“Festival of the Meeting”

On the last Sunday of August, the inhabitants of Castro and Ausonia meet halfway to recall the miraculous transfer to Ausonia of the statue of Madonna del Piano.

Feast of the Madonna del Piano

In the first Sunday of July the festival of Madonna del Piano is celebrated with a special trade show at Sant’Antonio. The day of the saint has traditionally been moved to July to allow harvesting of the fields and not to impede the work of peasants.  

Festival of Saint Oliva

The patron saint of Castro is celebrated on June 3 with a solemn mass and religious procession with the statue of the saint along the streets of the town centre. The evening before, however, is celebrated with much music, dances and dinners in the open air. After a week the statue is replaced in its … Continued

One Boundary, Many Stories

Every year a reconnaissance tour is organized on the Ausoni Mountains of the ancient border between the Pontifical State and the Bourbon Kingdom. With the occasion, they replace the old border markers that have been lost over time and due to theft.

Historic-Religious Representation of Good Friday

The first Sacred Representation at Cave was held in 1879, and the event is certainly unique and very much appreciated involving over 500 people in costumes, people of all ages, generations, social classes, and political ideas. The display includes the procession of Good Friday and a representation of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ that takes … Continued

Festival of Madonna del Campo

On April 27, Madonna del Campo, one of the two Cave patrons, is celebrated with a large religious procession where the painting is taken in procession on an original nineteenth-century carriage carried by members of the brotherhood.

Traditions of the Country

In the middle of July, in Speciano, there is a beautiful event dedicated to the “Traditions of the Country” which includes a canine exhibition, the election of ‘Miss and Mister Farmer’ and horse gymnastics. There is live music throughout and gourmet booths with all home-made products.

Festival of San Lorenzo

The origins of the patron saint are rooted in the history and culture of Cave, which seeks to combine religious events with cultural moments and gastronomic and wine tasting opportunities for local produce. Religious celebrations include a solemn mass in the charming church of San Lorenzo and a procession with the statue of the saint carried … Continued

Procession and Palio of Peace

Cave annually commemorates the signing of the Cave Peace Treaty of 1557 with a re-enactment in historic clothes, archery and crossbow tournaments, displays by flagwavers and cultural events. In peace the Viceroy Duca d’Alba asked for forgiveness for the war against the Pope, fearing a new sack of the Capital, and instead the positive talks took place … Continued

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Chestnut Festival

The Chestnut Festival was initiated in the 1930s when Cave was a fun-loving place for the production of chestnuts, walnuts and hazelnuts. On the last weekend in October, the old village fills for an event of gastronomic tasting in the numerous “pop-up” cellars set up for the ‘party’. Several musical groups perform at different points in … Continued

Book Festival

The book festival promotes reading with a book market, creative design and writing courses, concerts, theatrical performances and animation for the youngest. The festival is the occasion to present new books and encourage the meeting between writers and readers.

Flower Festival (Infiorata)

At the celebration of Corpus Domini, the streets of Cave are covered by a floral carpet in which the inhabitants draw topics related to religion and social life. On the day of Corpus Domini, then, the procession will pass over this carpet realized the previous day.

November in music

A review of classical, lyrical and chamber music organized by the Music Association G. Puccini.

Christmas extras …

Throughout the Christmas period, Christmas themed events and parties are held. Exhibitions, markets, theatrical performances and music. gourmet stands for the rediscovery of ancient culinary traditions with typical Christmas cakes.

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Madonna of the Rosary

The festival takes place in the church of San Gaugerico or San Michele Arcangelo since 1911 when the picture of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei carrived and the Rosary Brotherhood was formed to organize the annual festivities.  

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Madonna delle Grazie

On September 24, the icon of the Madonna is celebrated with a great religious feast.  

Fumone- Icona Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso by Alberto Bevere

Madonna of Perpetual Rescue

On the first Sunday of September, an evocative procession renews Fumone’s devotion to the icon and it is not uncommon to see people following the procession barefoot for having received a grace from Our Lady. The festival has been repeated from 1886.

Fumone- Festa Celestino V

Feast of Celestine V Pope

On the second Sunday of August, this feast takes place in the Pozzi village having been founded in 1968 after the visit of Pope Paul VI. The feast follows the canons of the patron saint.  

Fumone- Cantine aperte by Pro Loco

Open Cellars

It is one of the most welcome feasts in the village. During the days of the event you can sample the traditional local cuisine served in the old wineries and in the most charming streets enjoying the late night with songs and dances performed by local folk groups.            

Fumone- Festa di San Sebastiano

Feast of St. Sebastian

On 20th January, the patron San Sebastiano is celebrated in a very special and local way. The ‘festarolo’ is named and offers the populace ‘sagne pelose’ after the religious celbration.  

Fumone- Infiorata Corpus Domini by Af128

Corpus Domini’s Infiorata

On Sundays after the Holy Trinity Day, the alleys of the village are covered with a colourful carpet consisting of flowers, leaves, coloured sawdust, lime and coffee grounds. The materials make up colourful paintings on which the religious procession will pass. The fascination of the event is perhaps also in its effimera.

Fumone- Commemorazione morte di Celestino V

Commemoration of the death of Pope Celestino V

On May 19th, Celestino V is celebrated, having been a prisoner at Fumone. A special Mass is held and a visit to the Shrine within the Castle. According to tradition, at the time of his death a shining cross appeared in heaven for days. The episode is depicted in the vault of the collegiate.  

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Bonfire of St. Joseph

On March 19 in the Pozzi district they celebrate San Giuseppe and the arrival of spring with the lighting of a great bonfire, accompanied by popular music and songs, dances and tastings of traditional local products. On the occasion, to ward against the pungent cold of mid-March, the organizers offer mulled wine at will.

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Feast of St. Sebastian

The day after Pentecost the patron Saint Sebastian is celebrated with a solemn procession and the distribution of the Panata that are thrown grom the church with an olive twig.

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Living Nativity

At Christmas, the streets of the old town are enlivened with the scenes of Jesus’ birth where the most important moments of religious tradition are represented.

Prosciutto festival

At the same time as the August festivities, the Prosciutto Festival is held. The prosciutto is a traditional product of farms in the mountains near Trivigliano.  

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Painting Prize

For many years in Trivigliano there has been a painting exhibition during the period from 10 to 20 August with prizes awarded.

Sant’Anna Feast

In the 80s, a new church was built in the countryside dedicated to Sant’Anna, Mother of the Virgin Mary. Each year, on the occasion of the memory of the saint, on July 26, a great feast is organized. On the evening of July 25, there is a procession with the statue in the streets around … Continued

Festival of Sant’Oliva

Santa Oliva, patron saint of Trivigliano, is celebrated on June 11 of each year. The celebrations begin 9 days before with the novena recital. On the evening of June 10th, along the alleys of the Old Town is an evocative night procession during which is carried the Arm of Santa Oliva, an ancient and precious … Continued

Torre Cajetani- Processione Santa Maria by Nicola Paolon

Borgo Di Vino

During the month of June, the streets of the village are filled with a festival dedicated to wine and to the culture of food and wine of Torre Cajetani

Torre Cajetani- Processione San Michele Arcangelo by Nicola Paoloni (2)

St. Michael’s Day

May 8 is celebrated for the Patron Saint Michael the Archangel with a procession that winds along the town’s streets and evening celebrations with music and outdoor dining.

Torre Cajetani- Pellegrinaggio a Vallepietra

Pilgrimage to Vallepietra

In June, the pilgrimage of the Blessed Sacrament takes the 40 km of distance in 3 days. Everything begins with a mass at the shrine.

Torre Cajetani- Parco by Nicola Paoloni (12)

Farm Holidays

At the end of July in the Park of Lake Cerano there is a traditional farm holiday dedicated to agriculture with display of local products, equipment and tasting of the main dishes of the local rural tradition.

Torre Cajetani- DIVINO by Nicola Paoloni

Feast of Santa Maria Assunta

S.S. Assunta in Cielo is the second patron of Torre Cajetani and is celebrated with great solemnity on 15 August.

Settefrati- Passione di Cristo by Loreta Maria Iannetta

Passion of Christ

On Holy Friday the staircase of the Church of Santo Stefano is the theatre for a special representation of the last days of Christ’s life, to which all citizens participate. Everything takes place on a theatrical stage with the scenes of the church and the village of Settefrati.

Settefrati- Magnalonga

Magnalonga

At the end of August there is a ‘gourmet’ gourmand event where for a small sum, you can enjoy starters, 4 first courses, 2 seconds and sweet all according to the best local tradition.

Sagne e Fagioli

“Sagne” and Beans Festival

Pasta and beans is a typical recipe of the Lazio and Abruzzo regions. Instead of the beans, chickpeas or broccoli without sauce can also be used.

Settefrati- Processione Madonna del Canneto by Tonino Bernardelli

Festival of Our Lady of Canneto

Between August 14 and 22, the Madonna of Canneto is celebrated with processions between the sanctuary and the springs of the river Melfa. The festival is also called the “Festival of the Four Regions and the Hundred Towns”. The procession starts from the Church of Santo Stefano, where the statue of the Madonna Bianca is … Continued

Settefrati- Processione by Tonino Bernardelli

The Feast of Our Lady of Canneto

The Scottish Benedictine father, Beda, in 1894, described the procession that is still held today in the same way. The monk was visiting Montecassino and he heard the songs come from the valley. Curious, he asked what they were and was told: “The Societies that go to the Feast of Our Lady of Canneto!”. He … Continued

Settefrati- Santa felicita by Tonino Bernardelli

Purification Rite at Santa Felicita

On August the 10th, pilgrims from Scanno go to Gallinaro to celebrate San Gerardo, they go to Santa Felicita to bathe their feet in the water of the miraculous source as a purifying rite.

Fiuggi- Passione di Cristo

Celebrations of the Passion of Christ

On the evening of Good Friday a special re-enactment is made of the Passion of Christ that involves over 100 figurines. The event represents the whole life of Jesus and takes place along the streets of the Old Town.

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St. George’s Day

The last Sunday of July is celebrated by the Patron Saint George with a procession from the Collegiate of St. Michael Archangel. The statue of the saint is brought through the streets of the village.

Corpus domini 3- D'Abbruzzo

Corpus Domini’s Infiorata

All the streets and squares of the old town are decorated with seasonal flowers and plants. It is a feast that transforms the village of Vico. On that carpet will pass the procession of Corpus Domini.  

Festa Santa Barbara- D'Abbruzzo

Santa Barbara Festival

In the Colli district Santa Barbara is patron saint. The Holy Day is December 4th, but in Vico all the winter festivals have traditionally been moved to the summer during the period of wildlife of nature and when shepherds had returned to the mountains with their flocks.  

Vico nel Lazio- Festa Santa Maria Goretti by Luciano d'Abbruzzo

Santa Maria Goretti Festival

On the first Sunday of July Santa Maria Goretti is celebrated with a solemn procession and tasting of local food.

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Feast of St. Anthony Abate

On January 17, the patron saint of animals is celebrated with a mass in the church of Our Lady of Grace where the icon of the Saint is located, and is followed by the traditional blessing of animals.  

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St. Mark’s Day

At dusk of April 25, great bonfires called “fauni” are lit in the Piazzale di San Giorgio. This fire is prepared with all the scraps of the ploughing and pruning of plants and is said to serve to drive away the cold and welcome spring.

Feast of the Madonna del Campo and Gnocchi Festival with sheep’s ragu

May 1 is the combination of Sacred and Profane, firstly joining the celebration of the Madonna del Campo at the sanctuary and then the festival that takes place in the spaces opposite the sanctuary. The Festival of Gnocchi with Sheep ragu also includes a menu of grilled sheep, omelette with asparagus, dessert and local wine.

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San Pius Fair

On July 11, the Fair of Saint Pius is held, which starts at the beginning of the dawn and ends late in the evening.

Vico nel Lazio- Horse Festival

Vico Horse Festival

On 2 weekends of July there are three days dedicated to the horse with walks in nature and to the historical and natural beauties of the Ernici Mountains, especially the Municipalities of Vico nel Lazio and Collepardo. The festival is accompanied by traditional tastings and music.  

Premio Vico- D'Abbruzzo

VICO Award “I LOVE MY LAND”

Held to recognise personalities that give and have given lustre to, and made known Vico nel Lazio outside the regional and national boundaries.

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Feast of Return

On August 10-11, this celebration is held in honour of the local emigrants returning to the country on summer vacation. Tasting of typical products with traditional Gnocchi and Pecora sauce.  

Bruschetta Festival

On the penultimate weekend in August, in Colle County, there are musical shows and tasting of local dishes.

St. Rocco’s Day

August 14-16 is the traditional time dedicated to St. Rocco, the protector from the plague. The procession is followed by a tasting of typical local recipes in the square on special tables. All is accompanied by local wine and traditional music.

Festa della Madonna della Concordia e Sagra del Coniglio

Madonna della Concordia and Rabbit Festival

During the second Saturday of September the “Madonna della Concordia” is celebrated, together with the traditional Rabbit Festival, dedicated to one of the traditional dishes of Vico nel Lazio.

Polenta Festival

In December, a party is held dedicated to the traditional winter dish: polenta.

Isola del Liri- Venerdì santo by Romolo Lecce

Holy Friday Procession

During the Easter Friday, the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, kept in the Church of St. Anthony, and the coffin of the dead Christ, kept in the Church of San Lorenzo, are brought to procession along the streets of the village.  

Isola del Liri- Pasqua by Romolo Lecce

Pasquetta

On Easter Monday at Isola del Liri, ‘Islanders’ and their guests make a trip to one of the hills of the city, and especially onto the hill of San Sebastiano, named after the church of the same name, which dominates the entire city and the panorama to Sora, Arpino, Castelliri and the pleasant hills of … Continued

Isola del Liri- Cascata del Gusto by Bettiol

The Waterfall ‘of Gusto’

It is a wine and food show that takes place along Via Cascata, with the splendid scenery of the great waterfall that invites tourists from all over the province. The celebratory weekend is normally held around Palm Sunday and in the third weekend in September.

Isola del Liri- Festa SS. Crocifisso by Bettiol

Feast of Crucified Saints

Each year for 6 days from the second Sunday of July there are the celebrations in honour of the Crucified Saints, with a solemn procession and a fair market. Concerts and performances follow from the previous Thursday to the following Monday.

Isola del Liri- Liri Blues Festival

Liri Blues Festival

Since 1987, the Liri Blues Festival is one of the largest Italian blues festivals and concerts are held outdoors in Piazza De ‘Boncompagni. Its importance has been recognized with the twinning between Island of Liri and New Orleans in 1997. Among the most important names that participated were: Dr. John (2010), Albert King (1989), Buddy … Continued

Isola del Liri- Cascatalonga by Romolo Lecce

Cascatalonga

Since July 1991, city roads have been affected by a special running race that takes place in the evening along the streets of the historic centre, on a circuit that is repeatedly run. The suggestion of the night race and the scenery of the two waterfalls make it a national sporting event but also a … Continued

Pollo e Peperoni

Chicken and pepper feast

This festival takes place in the main square where tourists and locals enjoy a traditional dish of the ciociaria culinary. The event also has the objective for the collection of charitable funds.

Scorrendoconiliri

Scorrendoconiliri represents the longest manifestation that takes place in Isola del Liri and nearby towns of the Liri. It is a race, an eco-ultra-marathon that starts from Cappadocia, Abruzzo, and ends up at Isola del Liri and takes place on the second Sunday of September. In fact, the event begins in March-April with a formal … Continued

Isola del Liri- Festa Madonna delle Grazie by Romolo Lecce

Feast of Madonna delle Grazie

On the third Sunday of September, Isola del Liri celebrates Our Lady of Grace. The peculiarity is that the worship of this icon is practiced in the little church inside the Boncompagni-Viscogliosi Castle. During the three days of celebrations, from Friday to Sunday the castle, that is normally closed to the public, is open to … Continued

Isola del Liri- Madonna di Loreto by Romolo Lecce

Feast of Our Lady of Loreto

On December 10, the feast of the Madonna of Loreto is celebrated. The Madonna is Patron of the town and according to tradition, she saved the island of Liri from waves of the plague in 1656. On this occasion, an ancient and solemn ritual is repeated, to remember the Duke Ugo Boncompagni’s votive offering at … Continued

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Cicerchiata

The cicerchiata is the typical dessert of the local Carnival and is made up of small sweet fried dough balls, that are then held together by honey to form a large donut. The cicerchiata name has a medieval origin and is derived from grass (or chickling) pea, a legume similar to the pea and chickpea … Continued

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Emigrant Event

On August 19: a demonstration is held to pay homage to all the communities around the world born from emigration.

Feast of San Rocco

On 16 August San Rocco is celebrated with a procession through the streets of the town.  

Pastoralism Festival

On 9 and 10 August, an ethno-musical event happens to rediscover the traditions and tools of local tradition. You can taste the fresh pasteurized milk and the typical shepherd sweet: toasted bread, fresh cottage cheese and jam. Visitors can participate in the life of the shepherds in the program “Grazing … with the Shepherd” along … Continued

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Mountain Festival

The first Sunday of August is the traditional time of the Mountain Festival in Prati di Mezzo.  

Feast of Santa Giusta

On July 19 is celebrated Santa Giusta with a religious procession and festivities.  

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Feast of St. Michael

On the occasion of the feast of St. Michael, May 8, the town turns on an impressive big bonfire in honour of the saint, followed by a tasting of local products.

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Good Friday Celebrations

For the Good Friday celebrations, two separate historic processions are held , one with men and another one with women, who cross the town.  

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Festival of San Leonardo

The 6 of November Sgurgola’s patron Saint is celebrated with a solemn mass and procession through the town’s streets.

Grape Festival

It’s one of the oldest grape festival in the Lazio Region and one of the most beloved. It dates back to the 20’s when the grapes of Sgurgola where sent all over Europe. Three days of music and folk dances, traditional food tastings, like the famous Sgurgola donut.

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Festival of Stories of Val Comino

The Festival of Stories involves famous people who tell their story in the natural theatre of the Comino Valley. It is a travelling festival, an eight-day trip through the medieval squares, narrow streets, castles, convents, nineteenth-century villas and strongholds. Every day a different town and every day different stories.

Feast of Saint Onorio (Saint’s Day)

Feast dedicated to the patron, Saint Onorio with a solemn mass in the church of St. John the Baptist during which the cask placed above the altar is opened to reveal the body of the saint. The festival continues with a solemn procession through the town’s streets and festive evening.

Santa Costanza Festa

In 1756, the remains of Santa Costanza were brought to San Donato Val di Comino. She was one of the first Christian martyrs killed with a sword to her throat. The saint became con-patron saint of San Donato and protector from the “fevers”. The festivities are a re-enactment with popular games of 1700 and 1800, … Continued

Festival of San Donato

The origins of this festival date back to the Middle Ages, the eighth century, when the territory was under the possession of the Lombard Duchy of Spoleto. The feast day is August 7. The festivities begin the night before with a torchlight procession accompanied by the pilgrims who make the vigil to the shrine and … Continued

Feast of San Biagio and stuzze

The Feast of Stuzze recalls the so-called “Miracle of San Biagio” which dates back to February 2, 1298 when Fiuggi was called Anticoli Campagna. During Candlemas (February 2nd), San Biagio made flames appear over the city to warn of the impending attack of the papal troops. The inhabitants, then lit up the country with bonfires … Continued

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Chestnut Festival

The chestnut festival is held on the penultimate Sunday in October and is the main cultural event of Montelanico dedicated to the autumnal fruit ‘par excellence’: the chestnut. The fruits are harvested in the forests of the Lepine Mountains and as well as tasting of chestnuts and other local products, the festival includes cultural events, … Continued

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Feast of the Madonna del Soccorso

On the third Sunday of September, the day of the patron saint, the Madonna del Soccorso is celebrated with a pilgrimage to the ancient sanctuary which houses the image.  

Festival “Short Movies are Coming”

This festival was born in 1997 to promote the ‘Glocal’ culture or ‘think global and act local’. It is a competition for short films shot in any format, of every kind and technique. The theme is free and each participant can submit no more than two films. Screenings are held at the Garibaldi room, and … Continued

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Madonna di Loreto festival

On December 10th the town celebrates the Madonna of Loreto, patroness of Arpino, with a festival with its roots in the seventeenth century. Thanks to the grace of Our Lady of Loreto, in fact, the town and its inhabitants were spared from famine, epidemics, earthquakes and wars. Our Lady’s miracles have taken place over the … Continued

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Festival of the Assumption

The festival begins with a solemn procession that starts in the morning from the Church of Santa Maria of Civita and winds along the streets of the city carrying the statue of the Virgin. This is a wooden sculpture of the eleventh century and dressed in eighteenth century clothes, that stands on top of a … Continued

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Banner of Arpino

The Banner is the name of the Palio of the quarters and districts of Arpino, a traditional festival that takes place every year the first weekend of August. The quarters in the race are Arco, Civita Falconara, Ponte and the districts are Collecarino, Vallone and Vignepiane. The competition takes place over 6 races are: The … Continued

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‘FaOne’ – Pyre of San Giovanni

On 23 June is the traditional festival of early summer, reminiscent of ancient pagan celebrations related to the sun and to work in the fields. The feast is celebrated on the square of the Hill Quarter, where a huge pyre of broom shrubs that is lit and burned in the evening. This pyre is called … Continued

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Saint Anthony of Padua

On June 13 is celebrated St. Anthony of Padua with a solemn procession through the streets of downtown. The ‘pagan’ celebration that accompanies the religious procession includes performances and fireworks.

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European Poetry Prize

The Poetry Award is aimed at young Europeans aged 14 to 25 years and is sponsored by the Dante Alighieri Society. The purpose of the award is to provide a space for young people to express their feelings without any permanent fixed theme but with a theme chosen each year by the Selection Board. The … Continued

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Good Friday – Procession of the Dead Christ

On Good Friday there is an evocative night procession through the streets of downtown. The procession starts from the church of Our Lady of Mercy and winds through the streets and alleys of the historical centre arriving at midnight at St. Michael the Archangel Collegiate Church.    

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The ‘Pannope’ of Sant’Antonio Abate

On January 17, the day dedicated to St. Anthony Abbot and the blessing of the animals, in Arpino polenta (the Pannope) is also distributed free. This tradition was established in memory of the hot meal that the local fraternity handed out to the poor in this day. The polenta is cooked in the streets in … Continued

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Fig Festival

The first week of July one of the main local products is celebrated, with a food and wine tasting festival.

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Feast of Sant’Agata

The 5th of February the patron Saint of Prossedi is celebrated with a solemn religious procession and a town festival.

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Procession of San Sebastiano

The Sunday closest to the 20th of January , in Prossedi and Pisterzo, San Sebastiano is celebrated, the saint that together with San Rocco protects from the effects of plagues, with a solemn religious procession.

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Feast of Sant’Antonio Abate

The 17 th of January in Pisterzo, there is a traditional blessing of domestic animals during the day dedicated to Snat’Antonio Abate, protector of animals.

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Feast of the Goat

The first Saturday of September is the feast dedicated to the goat. The breeding of sheep and goats is one of the traditional activities of Lepinis and one that Prossedi remembers with a weekend of tastings and festivities.  

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Emigration and Emigrant’s Day

The first emigration of family heads took place between 1908 and 1914, especially to Canada, in northern Ontario, to work in the mines and on the railways. A second wave between 1948 and 1957 went to Toronto, where whole families emigrated causing the depopulation of the town and abandonment of rural land. In order to … Continued

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Evening of Seven Soups

The “Evening of Seven Soups” is an event that involves local housewives who prepare soups made with stale bread topped with beans, pork rind, onions, chickpeas, lentils, beans and broccoli, all products of the ancient traditions of the Lepini Mountains. The soups are blessed and distributed to all present at long tables outdoors.

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Feast of Madonna of Grace

The first weekend after September 8 Our Lady of Grace is celebrated. On Saturday, the traditional “Descent” takes place. This is the moment when the image of the Madonna is removed from the altar and displayed to the faithful. During the evening the streets are covered with pictures made from coloured marble powder, salt and … Continued

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Feast of St. Agatha

The Brotherhood of St. Agatha for centuries has organised the feast of the patron saint on February 5 dedicated to the Saint allocating the proceeds of the festival to the needy and providing a hot meal to the population. The habit of the Brotherhood is a white tunic, a blue woollen cord and a blue … Continued

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Feast of St. Sebastian

On 20 January, Cerreto celebrates San Sebastian with solemn rites. Legend has said that in the sixteenth century a colony of Milanese came to Cerreto bringing with it the cult of San Sebastiano, who was native of Milan.

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The Living Nativity of Sutri

The living nativity scene takes place within the Archaeological Park, in the necropolis near the amphitheatre. It welcomes thousands of visitors each year for its special atmosphere. The ancient tombs of Etruscan-Roman era come to life for a day with costumed characters involving visitors in a unique experience.

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Festival of beans

The festival of beans was created to promote the local product ‘par excellence’ and is repeated the first two weekends of September. During the festival there are allegorical parades, dancing and good music with the distribution of beans cooked outdoors and served in traditional earthenware bowls.

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Feast of Santa Dolcissima

The week of September 16 is the festival of the patron saint of Sutri with a solemn religious procession, a torchlight procession and a fireworks display in the Roman amphitheatre. Dolcissima was a Christian martyr recorded on a tombstone in the catacombs of San Giovenale and her Baroque gilded wood statue is located in the … Continued

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Baroque Festival

This festival is dedicated to classical music and takes place in various places of Tuscia. In Sutri concerts are held in the church of San Francesco, Villa Savorelli and Roman Amphitheatre.

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Sutri Beethoven Festival

Since 2002 Villa Savorelli hosts this festival of classical music organized by the international association of Friends of Sutri Music. The association has received recognition in the form of the Medal by the President of the Republic for the high quality of its activities.

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Feast of Corpus Christi

During the festival the town’s streets are covered with a carpet of flowers on which the procession of Corpus Christi walks.

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Carnival Sutri

This is the overwhelming party that revives old traditions. The Carnival is the festival where people could make fun of lords. For five days, the country is flooded with shows, games and dancing in the square until the evening of Shrove Tuesday with the extraordinary spectacle of the cremation of Carnival King. The Carnival King … Continued

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Feast of St. Anthony Abbot

On January 17, the day dedicated to the blessing of the animals, a parade is held of the “two cavalries”, that is richly decorated horses belonging to two fraternities each with its own banner. For almost one hundred years the “Old” and “New” cavalry have been rivals and organize their own events. Each brotherhood sets … Continued

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Sagra of Mosciarella

The festival of ‘mosciarella’ is an opportunity to sample the main product of Capranica and to see the traditional working methods to dry the chestnuts. The drying is carried out in lodges at two levels in the forest: the first level a weak fire is lit whose heat rises into the racks of chestnut upstairs. … Continued

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Feast of the Patron of Guadagnolo

The last Sunday of August is celebrated with the feast of the patron saint of Guadagnolo …… and on this occasion, those who visit the Sanctuary of Mentorella can gain a plenary indulgence, or even the cancellation of all their sins. Celebrations take place

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Feast of St. Nicholas and Oil and Novello Festival

December 6 is the day of the feast of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of Genazzano. Besides the religious celebrations it is also the festival dedicated to new autumn products that are part of the cultural roots of the country: oil and novello.  

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Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel

This is the sacred festival dedicated to the image in the sanctuary. It is celebrated on September 8 and includes a week of religious events, music and entertainment.

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Wild Boar Festival

The festival takes place on the last weekend of August at the Parco Degli Elcini and includes three days dedicated to savouring the local cuisine and folk music.  

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Glasses under the stars

The weekend around August 10, the day of San Lorenzo, is the time when you see shooting stars in the northern hemisphere. It is the festival “Goblets of Stars” with music, shows in the streets of the country while you appreciate the local delicacies and tasting food and wine.  

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“Music that Unites” and the Sete Sois Sete Luas Festival

During the first week of July there is the Sete Sois Sete Luas festival that has its principal moment in the concert on Saturday in the castle courtyard. The festival celebrates contemporary folk music from different countries of the euro-Mediterranean area. Also performing is the People’s Orchestra of Colours comprising 50 instruments of the band … Continued

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Flower Festival

Much of the population participates in the collection of flowers and realization of the designs of one of the oldest infiorati (flower festivals) of Lazio that was founded in 1883 by Cardinal Vannutelli. On the first Sunday of July, the streets are covered with flowers for the passage of the procession of the Sacred Heart … Continued

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Palio of Brancaleone

The Palio is held the last week of May in honour of Giovanni de Carlonibus, called Brancaleone, a Genazzano knight who took part in the “Challenge of Barletta” of 1503 along with Ettore Fieramosca. The palio includes festivals, parades and commemoration of the church of the Knights oath, an assault on the castle and the … Continued

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Fireworks at night

The festival is a re-enactment of the ancient tradition of the fires of St. Mark when people would gather to talk, sing and dance around a bonfire in the street square.

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The Bacchanal Festival

The “Festival of the Bacchanal” takes place on the first Sunday of May with tasting of typical products (artichokes cooked in vine embers, sausages, cheese and wine) and with the conduct of the race of donkeys, attended the eight districts of Campagnano.

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Feast of the Cross

Walk on top of Mount Cacume to arrive at the famous cross placed by the citizens of Patrica in 1903. At the end of the walk you can taste the local products and the traditional dishes.  

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Polentata San Antonio

On 27 January, St. Anthony, protector of animals, is celebrated with a great polenta.  

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Zazzicchie and Vérole Festival

On the third weekend of October there is a festival dedicated to sausages (zazzicchie) and ‘vérole’ – roast chestnuts.

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Feast of St. Rocco

On August 16th we celebrate San Rocco with a procession and local festivals.  

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Feast of St. Anne

The July 26 St Anne is celebrated with a pilgrimage and a Mass in the church of St. Anne.

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Festival of Strozzapreti

On the last Sunday of July is celebrated one of the typical local dishes: Strozzapreti. This is a paste that is made using wheat and cornstarch, and is topped with a strong sauce called “Pistacchia”. It is served in special ‘scifette’, namely craft wooden plates.

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Sant’Anatolia Festival

In July we celebrate the patron saint of Gerano with a religious festival at the shrine and a traditional old goods and livestock fair. During the two-day festival there is singing and dancing in the evening with the music of local traditions.

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Feast of Our Lady of the Heart and floral display

Every first Sunday after San Marco (April 25) in Gerano the oldest in Italy Flower Festival takes place. It is probably related to the painting of Maria Santissima del Cuore (1727 Sebastiano Conca from Gaeta), arrived in the town in 1729 and was considered the source of miracles. To commemorate, he streets are filled with … Continued

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Festival “Wind and Surroundings”

The Festival of Music takes place in the picturesque setting of the medieval cloister of San Michele Arcangelo and has prominent presence in the music world.

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Feast of St. Rocco

On the penultimate Sunday of August a procession leads the statue of St. Rocco, co-patron of Guarcino.

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Sant’Agnello Festival

Sant’Agnello is celebrated on 3 different occasions: on the first Sunday of May with a pilgrimage to the hermitage, on the last Friday and Sunday of August with a pilgrimage and a great feast, and on December 14th with a pilgrimage to the hermitage on the day of the true anniversary of the saint.

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Amaretto Festival

The Amaretto festival is dedicated to one of the main local products known throughout Italy: amaretto of Guarcino.

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Feast of Abboti

The abbotti are tripe rolls wrapped in slices of bacon, with celery and carrots, parsley and garlic.

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Potato Feast

The potato has been an important food in the local diet and is still widely used to make the famous gnocchi which are remembered in a celebration of three days. The gnocchi are seasoned “alla guarcinese” or “alla montagna”, i.e. with sheep sauce.

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Historic Revival Challenge of Malpensa

The re-enactment recalls the heroic deeds of Malpensa, a soldier of Guarcino who in 1186 defeated in a duel the champion of Henry VI Barbarossa. The victory enabled Guarcino to be spared by the troops.

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Panarda Festival

During the celebrations of the Assumption and St. Rocco, there is the Festival of Panarda which consists in cooking and distribution of bread and chickpeas to the citizens, foreigners and tourists. In the early days of August several quintals (about 100 kilograms per quintal) of chickpeas are cleaned so that, on August 14, they can … Continued

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Festival of ‘Cecapreti’ and Bufaletta

Cecapreti is a dish of rural tradition. The pasta is made by hand with water and flour and topped with gravy. The name “cecapreti” comes from the strong resentment that the people felt towards the clergy. The term refers to the hope by the women when they cooked this pasta that the priests would choke … Continued

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Festival of Polenta

From 1643 in Villa Santo Stefano the festival to “Feed a host of people” with a hot plate of polenta occurs on the occasion of the Festival of St. Sebastian. On a Sunday in January in the streets are lit traditional fires for cooking polenta, peasant food par excellence that has nourished entire populations. Originally … Continued

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Festival of the Pizza and Broccoli

In November, a festival celebrates local foods with cornmeal pizza, broccoli, fritters and local wine. The festival begins with a guided tour of the old town and continues with the opening of the food stands and live music.

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Festa della Madonnina Compigliano

On August 22, or nearest Sunday, the town celebrates the Virgin Mary with a procession and a floral display characteristic house along the village streets.

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Pilgrim Festival

In July, at the Villa Comunale Vittorio Bachelet, there is the Pilgrim Festival, which is organized every year by the Society of the Holy Trinity. The festival comprises four days of entertainment, folklore and popular games.

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Feast of San Vito

On June 15 we celebrate the patron of San Vito from which the town takes its name. Religious and civil celebrations are held on the weekend closest to June 15. On the night of Saturday, after the blessing, the group of flower arrangers begin working along the roads of the medieval village to prepare the … Continued

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Feast of St. Blaise

On 2 and 3 February the town celebrates San Biagio, patron saint of the throat, with a procession, a market and distribution of aniseed donuts.

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Immacolata Fair

On December 8 the city’s largest fair takes place. It extends for about 2 km, starting from the central Piazza XXV July to finish in the modern commercial area in Avenue Fabrateria Vetus.

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Fair of Our Lady of Peace

A local trade show is held for the festivities of Our Lady of Peace on the first Sunday of October in the area of Our Lady of Peace church.

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Photoweek

It is a week dedicated to photography with an exhibition inside the castle of Conti on the last week of September.

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San Giacomo Fair

The fair is held on August 23 (morning) in the square and along the streets adjacent to the Sanctuary of Santa Maria a Fiume. It was once one of the largest and most important fairs particularly for the cattle around the Lazio.

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Feast of San Rocco

On the morning of 16 August the statue of the patron St. Rocco is carried in procession from the church of San Rocco up to the Santa Maria church, where at 9 solemn mass is celebrated. The statue returns to its church in the afternoon of the last Sunday of September. Civil celebrations are held … Continued

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Festival of St. John the Baptist

The festival dedicated to the patron saint of Ceccano takes place over two days. On the evening of 23 June the statue of the saint is ‘enthroned’ and carried in procession, and on the morning of June 24 we celebrate the baptisms. During the festivities events organized include “The nights of the county”, evenings with … Continued

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Festival Francesco Alviti

In honour of the musician Francesco Alviti, who died at a young age, in the last week of June there is a festival dedicated to the memory of the musician. Musicians of all kinds and from all parts of Italy alternate on stage over several evenings.  

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Historical paradeI

In the first week of June in Ceccano the ‘historical reconstruction of visit of Cardinal Annibaldo IV in Ceccano’ is portrayed during which the Cardinal gave his coat of arms to the city. The event involves over 400 participants.

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Ten-minute film festival

In mid-January the International Competition is held for short films, animations and documentaries, lasting up to 10 minutes. The event is held in Cinema-Theater Antares.

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Pilgrimage to Monte Acuto

During the month of August there is the traditional pilgrimage to Mount Acuto. The locality of Monte Acuto is located about 4 km from Maenza and here is a mountain church dedicated to St Luke.

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Threshing Festival

In August, this festival recalls the ancient means of processing of grain by the peasants and retraces the various stages: Threshing, Milling and ploughing. At the end there are performances of the flag wavers and, in the evening, traditional dances.

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Rock under the Castle

The musical event takes place in August in the picturesque area of Piazza Della Portella, the oldest square in front of the Baronial Castle. On stage various musical groups perform with an evening of Modern Jazz and Blues dedicated to international guests.

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International Folklore Festival

In July there is a tradition that promotes popular culture around the world with a festival, travelling between different towns.

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‘Comparanza’ San Giovanni

The ‘comparanza’ feast is celebrated on June 24th, the day dedicated to St. John the Baptist, with a procession and delivery of ‘certificates of comparanza’. St. John the Baptist is not only the patron saint of Florence, but also a very loyal saint who brooked no deceit. In many areas of Italy the expression is … Continued

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Cherry Festival

During two days in June, the festival dedicated to the cherry, the fruit typical of Maenza, is held. There are guided tours of cherry orchards and a variety of fun games that children enjoy such as: La Ciliegina sulla Torta, Sputa l’Osso. For producers the evening is dedicated to the Cherry Prizes of Maenza with … Continued

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Blessing of the Roses

On May 19 Santa Rita is celebrated with the traditional rite of the blessing of the roses. This saint from 1400s was called the “saint of the impossible” because she realised miracles among the most needy considered impossible . The traditional rite of roses recalls an episode in the life of the saint. It is … Continued

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Sant’Eleuterio Feast

May 29 is the feast of the patron saint of Maenza with a solemn religious procession.

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Festival Of Pancakes

In January the festival of the pancake is celebrated. This local pancake with raisins and pine nuts is cooked especially on the occasion of the New Year.

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Blessing of the animals

On the occasion of the feast of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, churches in Maenza celebrate the traditional rite of the blessing of the pets. In the squares in front of the churches the horses and other larger animals are blessed.

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San Rocco Procession

On 16 August there is the traditional religious festival dedicated to St. Rocco, protector of the sick.

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Feast of the Madonna Mezzagosto

On the evening of 14th August a procession goes around the town carrying the sacred image of the Madonna that was found in 1143. Legend says that a farmer found it while ploughing his field with a team of oxen in Mezzagosto area. At the sight of the image the animals stopped and knelt before … Continued

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Palio of the Tribute

The “Palio” of the Tribute is the reenactment of the events that took place from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The origins of the festival dates back to the time when the inhabitants of the ancient Roman Privernum in the Mezzagosto plains, abandoned the city in the IX-X century and founded the surrounding towns. … Continued

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Pontino Music Festival

The festival takes place between the months of June and July between the various municipalities and some performances take place in the Abbey or in the village of Fossanova.

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Agricultural and Food Festival

The festival is dedicated to the tasting of typical products: buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, artichokes, Bazzoffia (soup made from the vegetables of the period and stale bread), bufaletta, donuts and wine. Next to the food you can visit the booths dedicated to crafts, photo exhibitions and participate in musical performances. On the occasion … Continued

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Procession of the Crucifixion

On the second Sunday of May there is a penitential procession of the miraculous crucifix of the twelfth century. The procession is organized by the Brotherhood of St. Anthony, and winds from the church of Saint Lucia up to Fossanova.

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Easter

During the week of Pasqua a Sacred Representation of the Passion of Christ is held on the Saturday before Palm Sunday and meanwhile on Good Friday takes place a very evocative event: the Procession of the Machines (Mysteries). Each machine represents a mystery of the Passion and is carried on shoulders of bearers while the … Continued

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St. Thomas Aquinas Festival

March 7 is the festival dedicated to the patron St. Thomas Aquinas with a fair throughout the old town. The religious procession brings the relic of the saint through the town the night before.  

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Nova Falia and Broccoli Festival

The last Sunday of February is the festival dedicated to two local products: ‘Falia’ and broccoli. The Falia is the typical bread of Priverno while broccoli are a traditionally cultivated vegetables in the Amaseno Valley in Ciociaria and much appreciated also in Rome.

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Feast of Sant’Antonio Abate

January 17 is the traditional ‘blessing of the animals’ at the Feast of St. Anthony, one of the first martyrs and protector of animals. Anthony was an Egyptian doctor and is considered the first ‘monk’ for having spent many years in meditation in the desert.

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Festival of Tacchie Porcini Mushrooms

On the first and the second weekend of October two typical products of the kitchen and Bellegrano territory are celebrated: Tacchie and Porcini Mushrooms. The festival takes place during the period of mushrooming, commencing in September when the first rains after the summer heat favour the emergence of new mushrooms. During the festival a craft … Continued

Feast of St. Francis

Around October 4, the feast of St. Francis, who is also the patron saint of Italy, is held in Bellegra with holy celebrations comprising lighting the “Lamp of Brotherly Peace”

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Feast of San Sisto

On 5-6 August, the patron saint San Sisto is celebrated with a Solemn Procession and outdoor functions.

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Feast of the Pardon of Assisi

On August 1-2 the town celebrates the conversion of the three robbers in this area by St. Francis and recorded in frescoes in the convent.

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Fallacciano Festival

On the last weekend of July there is the festival dedicated to one of the local products, the fallacciano. This plant is a type of fig tree whose fruits are used in jams or processed into mustards. They are excellent to accompany the famous pecorino cheese, typical of these areas. During the Festival of Fallacciano … Continued

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Feast of SS. Trinity

During the month of June a traditional pilgrimage is organised to the Sanctuary of Vallepietra.

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Pecorino Festival

The Pecorino Festival is held in September to promote this cheese product of Lepini mountains.

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Montefortino Festival

The festival takes place in September in the old town of Montefortino. It was founded to re-establish cultural and folkloric traditions. It provides wine tasting tours, guided historical tours, live music and exhibition of local products. During these days there is also the Polenta Festival.  

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Palio of Contrade

The Palio is celebrated in August and begins with the historical costume parade through the streets of the old town. The Districts of Artena then compete in reenactment of 18 historical games, the old traditions of the country such as running with the hoop, the slingshot, the carettella (soap box carts), with activities from real … Continued

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Feast of Our Lady of Grace

The Feast of Our Lady of Grace is the main event in the town and has taken place every year without interruption since 1731, the Saturday before the third Sunday of May. The cult of the Madonna delle Grazie has been in Montefortino since the fifteenth century, when an unknown artist carved the sacred image … Continued

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Festival of Santa Barbara

On December 4, the festivities are held in honour of the patron saint with religious processions, a market and cultural events. Santa Barbara is also the patron of the Fire Brigade and was chosen as the protector of the munitions factory.

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Feast of Novelli (New Wines)

In November, the event takes place “Novelli and Virgin” a festival of new wine and new oil at Casa Massimi-Berucci.  

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Feast of the Madonna of the Roses

There are two feasts in honour of the Madonna of the Roses, one in May and the other on October 30, in memory of the liberation from the plague of 1656 that decimated the population.    

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Mountain Festival

The Mountain Festival takes place in September in the centre of the town. The event includes sports, folklore, gastronomy and shows to enhance the environmental, cultural and landscape of the territory.

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Festival of San Lorenzo

It is celebrated on August 10. A very nice and do not miss the fireworks. The night before a nocturnal procession is held through the streets of the old town and the festival ends the next day, the 11th, with a goods and livestock fair.

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Feast of the Madonna of the Roses

There are two feasts in honour of the Madonna of the Roses, one in May and the other on October 30, in memory of the liberation from the plague of 1656 that decimated the population.

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‘Mesum’ – Ernici Sky Ultra Marathon

In 2016 was organized the first edition of “MONTI ERNICI SKY ULTRA MARATHON“, 61.700 kilometers with 4,068 meters of altitude with a path that went through the highest peaks of Ernici: Mona (1,952 meters above sea level), Mount Pozzotello (1,995 m sea level), Mount Vermicano (1,948 m asl), Peschio of the Crows (1,983 m asl).

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Art Expo

At the end of August there is a group exhibition of artists (painters, sculptors, engravers) from across the Ciociaria.

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Alatri jazz

In August, during the summer festivals, the Alatri Jazz festival festival occurs dedicated to the various expressions of jazz music.

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International Folklore Festival

The folklore festival is held the ferragosto week of August and groups from five continents perform to raise awareness of dances, music and traditions of their home nations.

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Living Nativity

During the Christmas holidays, along the alleys of the medieval quarter of Piagge are presentations of the famous Living Nativity.

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Onion Festival

The fair is held every year on 7-8 September on the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of the Free (Madonna della Libera) patron of Alatri, and every 50 years the festival takes on a particular character of a solemn set feast.  

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Corpus Christi

The day of Corpus Christi is deeply felt in Alatri and the streets are covered with paintings made with flower petals, which will then pass on the religious procession. The floral display of Corpus Christi in 2000 was 1476 meters long and has entered the Guinness Book of Records as the longest.  

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Good Friday

Every year, on the evening of Good Friday the historical re-enactment of the drama of Golgotha takes place ​​with over 500 people in costume, two choruses and the band.  It gives rise to commemorative paintings and all the most important scenes of Catholicism are represented: including the last supper, the Trial of Jesus and the … Continued

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Festival of the Four Doors

On the first Sunday of September in Alatri is the Palio delle Quattro Porte (Four Doors) in which you play the famous team game to throw cheese, a competition similar to the classic game of ‘ruzzola’. The cheese game consists of launching large blocks of well-seasoned cheese with a weight of 20-25 kg each of … Continued

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Feast of San Sisto (Saint Sixtus 1)

The patron San Sisto has two days of festivities: January 11 and the Wednesday after Easter. St. Sixtus I was the 7th bishop of Rome and pope under the Emperor Hadrian, from 117-126, but other historians give other time intervals. During his papacy the first disagreements arose between the Church of Rome and the Eastern … Continued

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Precious Black Truffle Festival

The festival takes place every year in the first ten days of February. Truffles are exhibited and sold, and the caterers prepare truffle-based menu, such as polenta with truffle and fettuccine, strictly handmade and mixed with chestnut flour and durum wheat, seasoned with truffles and porcini mushrooms.

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Roasted Chestnut Festival

Carpineto is the “Chestnut City” and the festival is organized every year in the fall. The chestnut is the queen in gastronomy ‘Carpinetana’, not only in the preparation of desserts, but also, and especially, in the preparation of pasta and meat dishes, such as ravioli stuffed with chestnuts, fettuccine with seasoned chestnut flour with porcini … Continued

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Mountain Festival

The Mountain Festival takes place on the first weekend of August. It is a veritable showcase of events related to the mountain, and is held in the beautiful scenery of the karst plateau of Pian delle Faggeta, at the foot of Mount Semprevisa, a place characterized by forests of beech, hornbeam, oak, chestnut, yew and … Continued

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Lepine Blues Festival

Unmissable summer musical event born in 1993, which marked Carpineto Romano as the city of Blues across the entire Lepine area.  

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Busker Festival

It is one of the oldest street art festivals in Italy and takes place on 25 and 26 August.

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International Folklore Festival

This festival is organized by the “flag-wavers and musicians of the seven historic districts of Carpineto Romano” and annually hosts artists from all over Europe, who animate the streets of the town with their performances.

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Night of San Lorenzo

The night is organized with music and performances in the charming scenery of Pian Faggeta. During the evening people taste ricotta and cheese prepared by local farmers, who once grazed their flocks there.

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Hornbeam Jazz Festival

The Jazz Festival is held in summer in the square of the old town. Over the years there have been great artists like Marta Capponi, Fabio Macera, Pier Cortese, Jacopo Ferrazza and Carlo Negroni, giving the festival an international flavour.

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Concerts at the Cloister

This is a festival of classical music, organized in summer, in the seventeenth century cloister of the church of Saint Peter, in collaboration with the “Convivium Pro Musica” Association and under the artistic direction of Maestro Francesco Belli.

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Palio della Carriera

The Palio is part of the historical re-enactment set in the period of greatest splendor of the Aldobrandini. Historical and religious symbols identify the ‘utteri’ (knights) of 7 districts competing in a race for the ring for the conquest of the pallium. Seven local canteens are opened from the seven districts. These offer local food … Continued

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San Maurizio Feast

On September 22  the festival of San Maurizio, patron of Acuto, is celebrated. It includes a traditional procession through the streets of the town which ends with a solemn mass. During the summer holidays there are music concerts and there is a traditional antiques market. According to legend, Maurice was a general of the Roman Empire who commanded … Continued

Acuto La Vendemmia

The Harvest

During the month of October in the streets of Acuto the “Harvest of the past” is re-enacted with the crushing of grapes. On this occasion there is a historical parade in costume accompanied by folk music, which starts from the Church of San Sebastiano and ends in Piazza San Nicola. During the festival the cellar … Continued

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Saltaranta

Since 2010 musicians from three different regions of southern Italy have met in Acuto to give rise to a special event where their traditions and innovations are on show. The word ‘Saltranta’, in fact, is born from the union of Saltarello and Tarantella to highlight the common roots of musical traditions and their dances.  

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Acuto Jazz

During the month of August Acuto hosts a Jazz Festival that sees musicians perform in the streets and squares of the medieval town centre creating magical evenings. The atmosphere is enhanced by the tasting of local products and the famous Cesanese del Piglio DOCG red wine.  

Electronic Music Festival

It is one of Italy’s most important electronic music festival and the event takes place in the beautiful natural landscape of Volubro lake. This festival increasingly characterizes Acuto as one of the most vibrant music venues near Rome and has taken place since 2010. The area is only accessible by a shuttle and the experience … Continued

‘Trita’

The festival of ‘Trita’ is the ritual re-enactment of harvesting and threshing of the wheat that involved virtually the entire population of Acuto. For centuries this has been the core agricultural activity thanks to which it drew the main form of livelihood of the people: the grain. A corollary of the Trita festival is the … Continued

Lamb Festival

The population of Colle di Fuori holds a celebration for three days of tasting lamb cooked according to different local traditions. The festival is enlivened by songs and live music and a large dance floor where people have fun.

Porcini Mushroom Festival

The population of Colle di Fuori in August holds a big feast dedicated to one of the best products of the forest: the porcini mushroom. The forests of the Castelli Romani Park are famous for mushrooms and local restaurants compete with special dishes cooked at their food stalls. The event features live music and dancing.

Roccapriorese Bruschetta Festival

The bread of Rocca Priora enjoys some fame and it was natural to dedicate a festival that, over the years, has established itself as one of the inevitable appointments for both citizens and tourists. The festival takes place in the first fortnight of August.

Feast of Madonna Della Neve

In the first week of August the feast of Our Lady of the Snow is celebrated with a solemn procession parading at sunset through the streets of the village accompanied by a ‘Artificial Snowfall’ shot from guns. The snow, the music of the band, the view and the narrow streets of the old town make … Continued

The Daffodil Festival

The daffodil is the absolute floral star of the spring months. This flower is born spontaneously in Roccapriorese valley meadows and hills which are covered in a white and fragrant blanket. During the first Sunday in May, the town wears the dress of the festival: in the streets and the most important squares, you can … Continued

Polenta Festival

During the San Biagio celebration the Festival of Polenta takes place, dedicated to the ‘bread of the poor’, the prince of winter food due to which nurtured generations of farmers have been fed. The polenta is served with various toppings according to local traditions.

Festival of Sab Biagio (St. Blaise)

San Biagio is the Rocca Priora co-patron, together with St. Rocco, and the festival is very important to the population. The story tells that the two saints freed Rocca Priora from the plague and the population made a vow to dedicate to them two festivals: February 3 for San Biagio and 16 August for San … Continued

Scottone Festival

During the celebration of St. Anthony ‘scottone’, a cheese-curd slurry, is handed out. It is a hot drink made with milk boiled twice. The scottone is served in earthenware bowls for the best taste according to tradition.

Festival of Sant’Antonio Abate (St Anthony)

Rocca Priora is famous for the presence of horse farms and riding schools and the animals have been an important part of the local economy. The day of St. Anthony (January 17) repeats the ancient tradition of the blessing of the animals in front of the churchyard of the parish church and there are floats … Continued

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Festival of St Andrew

On 30th November is celebrated the festival of St Andrew, apostle of Jesus, venerated both by the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Andrew is the patron saint of sailors and of the whole of Scotland, Russia, Romania, Ukraine and Greece. He died tied to an X-shaped cross, which today is commonly called ‘St Andrew’s cross’. … Continued

The Palio of the Assumption

Every August in Paliano is held the ‘Palio’ where knights of the town’s districts compete in a horse race based on dexterity. During the days of the event you can admire the famous historical procession that recalls the celebrations of the victory of Marcantonio Colonna at Lepanto against the Turks.

Wine Festival

Every summer the “Wine Festival” takes place in order to promote Cesanese wine and the typical local dishes: cheeses, breads, oils and sweets.

National Festival Of Italian Conservatories

The prestigious music festival involves the students of the 30 best Italian conservatories. In addition to classical music, the participants play in sections of rock, jazz and pop.

Carnival and the Feast of Radeca

The Radeca Festival has its culminating moment in a dance where participants wave leaves of agave, called ‘radeca’ in dialect. The event continues the tradition of an ancient pre-Roman festival dedicated to fertility and fecundity. During the Roman period this festival became one of the ‘Lupercalia’ dedicated to Lupercus, a pastoral deity dedicated their fertility. … Continued

Christmas in Serrone

From 8 December to 6 January, the alleys of the old town come alive with an ethnographic series of life-size nativity scenes that show Christmas scenes and scenes of work of the last centuries. It is the longest of the Lazio Presepe and has over 150 costumed characters organized into forty different scenes. The first … Continued

Serrone Festa San Michele Arcangelo-Comune di Serrone

Feast of St. Michael the Archangel

On September 29 is celebrated St. Michael the Archangel, patron of Serrone, with a solemn religious celebration and a procession that winds through the streets of the town.  

Palio delle Botti (Game of Barrels)

The Palio is a competition in which a team of 5 people must roll a 500-litre barrel along a path between 600 meters and 1,500 meters long in the streets of the town. Only two people at a time can be involved in ‘pushing’ the barrel. The prize is organized by the Associazione Città del Vino … Continued

Festival of the Cesanese

In the 3rd weekend of August is held a festival dedicated to the Cesanese Wine where all the countryside and villages come alive with tastings of local products. The producers of Cesanese compete to demonstrate the quality of their wine.

Goblets of Stars

On August 10, coinciding with the night of San Lorenzo when Italians scan the sky in search of shooting stars, is held an evening dedicated to wine. The cellars in the historic city centre are open for tasting Cesanese and typical products that help the star-gazing.

Feast of the Queen of Peace

The feast of the Queen of Peace takes place on Mount Scalambra the first Sunday of August. The festival is linked to the Premio Internazionale per La Pace Beato Paolo VI (Pope Paul VI).  

Festival of Patacca and Passerina Frusinate

In the last week of July the streets of Serrone and La Forma come alive with one of the most heartfelt festivals dedicated to two of the best local products: the handmade pasta (Patacca) and the local white wine (Passerina Frusinate).

Display of Hang gliders and paragliders

Throughout the summer you can see in the sky lovers of hang-gliders and paragliders who are engaged in flights and acrobatics. The most important display of this extreme sport is ‘Serrone Flying Trophy’ which takes place during the month of July.  

International professional award ” Rocca d’Oro”

On the first Sunday of July there is a prize, invented by the journalist Giancarlo Flavi, which is awarded annually to about 20 people who have distinguished themselves for their professionalism. The award was founded in 1989 and is decided by a panel of qualified experts.

Sacred presentation on Good Friday

Easter is characterized by a presentation of the events made with life-sized mannequins. The presentation takes place along the streets of the historic village.  

Carnival

During the period of Carnival, Serrone has a typical parade of floats.