420th National Fair of Grottaferrata.

From 21 to 29 of March returns the National Fair of Grottaferrata.

The National Fair of Grottaferrata ( Fiera Nazionale di Grottaferrata) returns from 21 to 29 of March, with its 420th edition. Food and wine, craftsmanship, culture and tradition will make the heart of the medieval town vibrant with life.
Free entrance every day from 10:00 to 21:00.

The fair of Grottaferrata probably started in conjunction with important religious celebrations that attracted crowds of faithful. The need to restore a large number of people in an inhabited centers, attracked a lot of merchants who ended up exchanging goods with each other, giving rise to fixed-date markets coinciding precisely with religious holidays.

The first written witness of the fair is contained in Pio II Commentarii, when the Pope described the events connected to the celebration of the Nativity of Mary, in the scenario of the Abbey of Grottaferrata.

At the time of Commentarii there were indeed 2 fairs connected the first, to the feast of the Annunciation of Mary (25 March) and the second connected to her Nativity (8 September).

Over time, the March fair became the most important between the two, and its definitive consecration was given by the decision in recent years, taken by ENPI (National Accident Prevention Body) in 1966, to choose it as a place for the promotion of agricultural machinery, suitable for hilly and steep areas, equipped with particular safety and maneuverability.

A national competition with very rich prizes was organized, the establishment of a high-profile organizing committee was established, and the reorganization of the Fair by product sectors was decided, as well as the publication of a special “Fair Bulletin”.

All this earned the ministerial decree of recognition at the March fair as a national fair with the name of the National Fair of agricultural machinery and prototypes for working the sloping land.

Orchidee dal Mondo: floreal event in Castelli Romani.


In the beaty of Villa Mondragone, the floreal event of “Orchidee dal Mondo”.

Orchidee dal Mondo is back, an exhibition of rare orchids (“Orchidaceae”) for a three-day floral event that runs from 17 to 19 April, and will be held for the second time at Villa Mondragone, the amazing 16th-century residence.

The path among the floral wonders will wind inside the building, and will be adequately signposted to allow everyone to move easily within the building.

A Refreshment Area will be set up from which you can admire the villa’s beautiful Italian garden, and where you can taste the specialties of the cuisine and the wine of the Castelli Romani.

Activities and workshops will also be organized in the historic center of Monte Porzio Catone, where there will obviously be food and wine specialties.

Official page of the event.

Valentine’s Day: the day of lovers.

The history of Saint Valentine’s Day.

February 14 is well-known, all over the world, or, at least, in large part of it as the day dedicated to lovers: Valentine’s Day, or Saint Valentine’s Day. Born as a Christian celebrstion to honor the homonymous saint, Valentine’s Day has become an important cultural heritage, no longer as a religious celebration, but as a symbolic event of romantic love, but also a phenomenon of great commercial relevance. The traditional religious feast associates numerous stories of martyrdom to February 14, one of which is linked to the custom – according to the religious story – of the saint to celebrate marriage for the Roman soldiers of the empire, to whom, however, marriage was prohibited. Legend tell us that Valentine returned the sight to his judge’s blind daughter, and wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as its farewell before the execution. Valentine’s Day died in 269 AD It was Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. to formalize February 14 as a feast in honor of the saint. The day was first associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love was at the his peak. In 18th century England, 14 February was established as an occasion in which couples expressed their mutual love by exchanging flowers, giving sweets and sending love letters. The symbols that today represent the most the Feast of Lovers include, the shape of the heart, but also the doves, as well as Cupid, the winged god of love. Even the key becomes a symbol of the celebration, alluding to an invitation that a suitor makes to the object of desire, inviting him to open his heart. In the 19th century, the tradition began of printing tickets dedicated to the feast. Nowadays the production of objects, sweets, printed matter dedicated to Valentine’s Day, as well as the initiatives linked to the feast, grows year after year.

Frascati Carnival 2020: here the time table of the event”

Frascati Carnival 2020: a different event than usual, which starts thank s to the citizens commitment and which aims, thanks to the work of Arte e Passione association, to beat the record of partecipation, and which promises a 20-feet Pulcinella , and the parade of allegorical floats.
An official decalogue was published in order to beat the “record” of participation in the classic “Pulcinellata“(the parade of many citizens disguised as the italian mask), complete with a description of the dress, pass registration and age of participation.

A Carnival like few others in the past is coming to town.

Rugby: Six Nations returns to the Olimpico in Rome.

The Great rugby arrives in Rome: the Six Nations in February and March.

Six Nations arrives in the heart of our beloved Italy: the Olympic Stadium in Rome will host 2 matches of Six Nations at a short distance; on 22 February it will be the turn of the strong Scotland team, while on 14 March it will be the turn of her majesty England team.

England, is believed to be the favorite of the greatest European rugby tournament, and is given a winning role by professionals and sports betting agencies, where it is listed with a huge gap with respect to the other national teams involved in the competition.

Italy’s adventure will begin on February 1st at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, where she will face Wales.
The national team led by Franco Smith has already drawn up the list of 35 players called up for the competition.

For his first Six Nations, the coach, who initially was supposed to be just a ferryman but is proving to be a fundamental guide, summoned 35 players: the list see the presence of young players (Fischetti, Riccioni, Zilocchi) and excellent former players of the team (Alberto Sgarbi, Pietro Ceccarelli) for a national team that will not see Sergio Parisse in his lines. In fact, the player has long expressed his willingness to end the National team experience.

Numerous warm Scottish and English fans are expected,  in following their national teams in away matches.
Rome is already preparing for the event and, for the occasion, a 10% discount will be applied to those who hold metrebus tickets.

The Castelli Romani and in particular Frascati, have a very long and thriving tradition in rugby, which, in the well-known “City of wine“, has a popularity that even exceeds that of football.
Very often, the hotels in Frascati are “invaded” by Scottish and English fans who follow their teams with warmth and sympathy.