The most popular festival of the Castelli Romani is undoubtedly the “Wine Festival of Marino.
It takes place the first weekend of October. The main phases of the celebration are the solemn procession, the parade, the miracle of the fountains that “give wine”, the distribution of grapes and wine in the streets of the village, the sight of the flag. The procession recalls the historic event took place in Rome on 4 December 1571, when Pope Pius V wanted to be bestowed to Marcantonio Colonna, Lord of Marino, who had given command of the papal fleet in the Battle of Lepanto against the Turks, same great honor reserved in ancient Rome to the bravest generals. Marcantonio Colonna was in fact distinguished courage and ability to contribute decisively to the victory of the Holy League against the forces of the Ottoman Empire. By the same historical event gave rise to the religious festival of thanksgiving to the Virgin of Victory – then the SS.Rosario – under whose protection the Pope had placed naval expedition. The procession and the festival are therefore both “historical” as originating from the same event.
During the months of September and October, is celebrated a bit all over Italy, the grape and wine. The Castelli Romani are famous for the wine, they honor this great gift of land with festivals and events in almost every town. Next weekend let us go in Velletri for the Festival of Grapes and Wines. Rich program that start with the decoration of the streets, squares and fountains. Opening of “Living Wine” tasting points. At the city park “Checkers and Chess while drinking,” Giant Chess Game, Tastings, Music and Games until 20:30 when the historical parade will take place at night. The festival continues Sunday with a parade of flag-wavers, and at 16:00 with the historical procession along the city center. 17:00 hours Joust of the Quintana, 18:00, Race of running barrels and “Crushing Grapes”. Music, dances, wine and local specialties until late at night. In these two days the museums will be open to visitors entrance at reduced rates. The Tourist Information Point in Piazza Garibaldi will remain open to provide guidance and information about the event. Sunday 25th, local shops will remain open 10/00 – 13/00 and 16/00 – 21/00. In the 2-day event, all over the streets you can find places with stand tasting of agricultural products, fancy goods and curiosities, music and entertainment of various kinds. Some restaurants offer special menus at special prices. Special event this year becouse the group of historical re-enactment of Marino will honor’ the celebration bringing in the event the triumph of Marcantonio Colonna, who has been successfull in the famous battle of Lepanto. A great gesture of peace and mutual recognition between the two cities.