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Marino - Saint Barnaba Square
Fontana del Tritone e del Cavallo marino (1889) dello scultore Michele Tripisciano

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The hill top town of Marino is just a forty-minute train journey from the centre of Rome. It is one of the towns which make up the Castelli Romani, the castle towns surrounding the city, famous for white wines made for Roman Emperors.
The wine is rich in flavour, made primarily from Malvasia or Trebbiano grapes, giving a fruity, acidic wine, with honey undertones. It is the colour of straw. The best way to drink Castelli Romani wine is at source in the cantinas in Marino or Frascati, where it is fresh, yet full-flavoured and, even better, extremely cheap.
On the first Sunday of October, Marino celebrates the “Sagra dell’uva”, the grape festival. The current festival dates back to 1925, although blessings and festivals in Marino have been recorded as far back as 1573. The main fountains in the town are adorned with kilos of grapes. White male statues stand in defiance in the fountains, only to have a bunch of grapes dangling off their bits. It does make them look much prettier. The whole town is decorated, balconies adorned with flowers, coloured street lights and market stands all brighten up the usually quiet cobbled streets.
Throughout the day, families come to enjoy dancing, listen to music, buy local produce from the many stands, and maybe eat some “porchetta”, a few chunks of spit roasted pig served between a couple of slices of crusty bread.

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