Posters announce local food festivals in August
|Sagra in the piazza, Monte Romano|
Italy, the land of great food and great music, really earns this reputation during August. For the entire month small towns and large put on food festivals / sagre where trestle tables are set up in the main piazza and everyone enjoys traditional food under the stars.
The triangle where N. Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria meet is one of the best areas to pass the month of August ; each town has a rich calendar of sagre dedicated to local dishes and neighboring towns vie with one another to attract tourists and locals.
The Sagre are favored by vacationing city dwellers who delight at the quality/price ratio. Abundant and genuine food is offered at a fraction of what it would cost to eat out in a big city like Rome.
Posters announcing each town’s sagra are visible on bulletin boards and walls towards the end of June, throughout July and reach the peak for the mid August Ferragosto holiday .
Check Move magazine for complete and up to date listings.
When you have had your fill of grilled sausages and pasta with truffles then you can enjoy one of the numerous concerts held in churches and castles throughout the summer.
At the magnificent Roman amphitheatres of Ferento (Viterbo) and Vulci (near Montalto di Castro ) one can sit on the original stone steps (cushions are available ) that have been in use for 2,000 years and enjoy a concert or theatre performance.
|fresco, S.Maria Nuova, Viterbo|
|Ensemble Ottaviano Alberti|
|Evangelina Mascardi directing|
Concerts and cultural happenings are also held in medieval churches and Renaissance castles which abound in Northern Lazio. We recently attended a magnificent concert "L'Idillio amoroso " love songs and music from the 15-16th century in S. Maria Nuova Church which dates from the year 1008!
The castles of Vignanello, Vasanello and Proceno are just a few privately owned castles where one can enjoy candle lit concerts throughout the summer .
The magnificent Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola is another venue for music and concerts year round.
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|hosts at Castello di Campogiordano|
After a lengthy restoration the Castello di Campogiordano in Vetralla has now joined the list of "castello di musica" where cultural events are held.
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