La sagra dell'uva

La sagra dell'uva, Marino: Address, La sagra dell'uva Reviews: 3.5/5

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Liztravelsandeats
Haarlem, The Netherlands549 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
It is a four day festival held in a small town outside of Rome.
The main day is Sunday where they have a religious procession, parades, the blessing of the grapes and the main event everyone waits for is the fountain that pours wine.

However, beware it soon becomes a student university festival easily with a bunch of teens running around with cheap wine and being loud and drunk. If you can live with that you will enjoy it.

There are still lots of different age groups present however the predominate are the drunk young adults/teens .

TIP: If you sign up for the food tour that the website specifically says is at 9:30 (that we woke up early to be there on time for) it is NOT. They wait till AFTER the procession to open - so only at like 1:30-2pm. Therefore, we spent the whole morning waiting it out, however the good part of that was people weren't drunk and obnoxious yet so it was great to see everything at our own pace. Downside, we were so done and tired from being there all day we left way before seeing the fountain turning on with wine.
Written October 8, 2018
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BuddingSommelier61
George Town, Malaysia199 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
As far as fountains in Italy go it's ordinary. However the small town is lovely to walk around. I'm sure at the festival time it's great though .
Written July 30, 2018
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Cathy C
Broomfield, CO23 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
I attended the 2017 sagra dell'uva and I was not able to be there during the wine fountain hour (they do it for a limited amount of time during the festival), so perhaps that would have been a better time to go. There is lots of cheap, decent wine and other "festival"-type food, and it was a good excuse to visit Marino and explore this little town, but it was mostly young people socializing over the cheap wine (I'm 40). I would go back again to see the fountain hour but otherwise I wouldn't make the effort to go.
Written March 4, 2018
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Lupetta888
Chertsey, UK62 contributions
Oct 2014
Marino celebrates, every year, the process of winemaking with this beautiful feast. On that day, wine pours from the fountains in town!
Written August 6, 2015
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Greg B
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States21 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
1st ---Does anyone know where I can get a poster for 2014? Mine got badly damaged on the flight home. If you know where I can get a poster, please tell me via the "ask this reviewer a question feature below"

Yes, you can get free wine from the fountain but, you must be at the right fountain. This is an Italian festival for Italians, not a tourist festival. By this I mean that you are welcome to attend the festival but don't expect any English announcements or signs. There is free wine that mysteriously flows from one fountain, La Fontana Dei Quattro Mori = The Fountain of the Four Dead People is a strict translation, at 5:30 on Sunday and Monday. The other fountains flow with a water that is so strong with minerals that you may think it is wine. Not sulfur, but some other odorless minerals. This strong mineral water is unique to Marino, every other place I went to in Italy (30+ cities) the fountain water was the same as bottled water.

If you don't want to wait till 5:30 on Sunday & Monday to jostle with 500 people to get a plastic cup of free wine there is a wine vendor every 20 feet. It is served in plastic cups, a small cup is 1 euro and a large cup is 2 euro. With some exceptions as you would expect, the really good wines start at 2 euro, with 5 euro being the most expensive that I saw. I found a 2 euro per small cup of sparkling wine that was fantastic and I kept returning to that booth.

It's a festival, and as you would expect there is food. But the food is not like what I'm used to seeing at summer church festivals in the USA. They have many vendors of a sandwich, panino, called "Porchetta". They wrap seasoned pork in pig fat and then cook over a raging fire. You get slices of the pork topped with a slice of the crackle on a hoagie bun. The following week, the city has their Ciambella festival, and these special pastries are available at this festival. You have to try one. Look up "ciambella" and you will get "donut" but it is not a donut, ciambella is a type of pastry. There are many types of ciambella, but the ciambella that is made with grape must is the specialty of Marino and is only available during the time of these two festivals. There was another popular pastry that looks like a hoagy bun filled with whipped cream. It is a pastry bun and the cream is much thicker than we have in the USA. There is also; ham sandwiches, salami sandwiches, mystery meat on a stick, roasted chestnuts, a variation of funnel cakes, cotton candy and a few other things. I atet a; porchetta, ciambella and part of the cream filled pastry - all excellent. No burgers, fries or hot dogs.

There is a train that arrives at the foot of the hill. I arrived by hitching a ride with my friends who live in the nearby City of Ardea. My friends got the low down from their neighbor who grew up in Marino on a little know place to park. If you are not with someone that lives there, take a train or a bus, I saw many tour buses from other Italian cities parked some distance from the festival. I assume they drop the passengers off and pick up in the city and then park outside the city.

The festival is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Monday is not a national holiday but rather a local holiday. There are: plays, parades, bands, awards ceremonies going on every day all throughout each day. I advise you to study the festival program along with a map before you go so that you can have the best time. The festival occurs over a fairly large area and there are some steep hills. You don't want to trek up the hill to find that everyone else has gone down the hill to see the next event. I'm talking about studying the program online. Once at the festival, the City of Marino has a booth at the bottom of the hill, in the bend in the road where they give out booklets and posters. However, they assume you are familiar with the city, there was no map, print a map before you go.
Written February 4, 2015
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