The most famous-grape harvest is celebrated in Marino, a little town near
Rome. The festival takes place during the first Sunday of October; the day
is dedicated to the Madonna of Rosary. During the procession the grape is
showed in the all streets. At the end it is consecrated and offered to the
Virgin. Then, in the afternoon there is the grape harvest celebration.
The festival is inspired by the Roman Bacchanals. They were reintroduced
byMarcantonio Colonna in 1500. He was the king of Marino. He conduced the
Pope’s troops and a lot of marinesi ( the inhabitants of Marino) against
the Turks in the battle of Lepanto (1571). To remember the Italian victory
was invented the festival. It is dedicated to the Virgin of Rosary,
because she appeared in a dream to the Pope Pio V, in the 7th of October
1571, the battle day. The Pope was the promoter of the anti-Turkish
crusade. He appointed Marcantonio captain of the crusade. To remember him
and the battle, in 1632 was build the Fountain of Mori by the Colonna
family. During the festival the wine spring from this fountain.
Arcimboldo (Italian artist ;1527-1593)