Wine festival at Marino

The 89th edition of the popular Sagra dell'Uva wine festival takes place in the mediaeval town of Marino in the Castelli Romani, about 20km south-east of Rome, from Friday 4 October to Monday 7 October.

The traditional festival dedicated to the grape and the drink it produces began in 1925 and each year draws large crowds eager to see the "miracle" of wine gushing from the town's fountains.

The annual festival includes markets, fairs, exhibitions and live music, with the town festooned with grapes for the duration of the four-day event.

However central to the festival is always the Sunday which includes a religious procession and an historical re-enactment of the victorious return to Marino of Prince Marcantonio Colonna after the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, while in the evening white wine flows freely from the fountains for about an hour, followed later still by a concert by Alex Britti and a fireworks display.

For full details see programme.