The warmest time of this last part of 2011 is about to come. It’s St Martin’s Summer and in the Rome area we have already been enjoying it in the last few days with sunny weather and high temperatures considered how close we are to the start of Winter!
The tradition of this major Saint, celebrated all over Western Europe on November 11, is still alive. But here in Rome we haven’t got the lantern processions to celebrate it, guess how we do it? With food and wine 🙂
Let’s start with the Eternal City. The appointment is for tomorrow, Friday, at the DeGusto wine bar/shop for an evening with the Novello red wine, the first of the season, and roasted chestnuts. From 7:30pm
On St Martin’s day you can also go celebrate in Castiglione in Teverina, where besides the wine from this year’s grape harvest, you can also taste the new oil and their mushrooms. The food fair takes place this Saturday and Sunday, too.
Also north of Rome, Formello, gives this event a religious connotation since they celebrate the Saint along the pilgrims route labelled Francigena, i.e. of the French pilgrims. Wine will be the star of the event, but there will also be some non-food events such as storytelling, a re-enaction of Martin’s miracle and a burning ritual. On November 12 and 13.
This Sunday only, east of Rome, in Ciciliano, they’ll open the Castle and hold guided tours of it as part of the celebrations of Saint Martin. Wine and roasted chestnuts will be on the table for you, along with other typical dishes, while street performances and games will entertain you.
In Cerveteri, on November 12, the main attraction of the St Martin’s fair is the market with local and hand-made products. Grilled bread with oil from the area and roasted chestnuts will be distributed as well as Novello wine from the local vineyards. From 9am to 8pm.
The region’s Wine Tourism Movement has also planned visits and tasting of wine, chestnuts and cheese in 12 vineyards all over Lazio for Sunday.
Another typical product of this area is the cep mushroom. Find out more about it here.