Sagra della Porchetta!

Every so often, something comes along that makes you thankful you're in Italy. Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, if you like pork, that something may involve the town of Ariccia, just south of Rome, right about now.

For four days in September (predicted to be from Tuesday 3rd in 2013), Ariccia is home to a Sagra della Porchetta (festival of porchetta). The town of Ariccia, about 27km south-east of Rome, is one of the castelli romano towns, perched in the Albani hills. 
This year is the first year they hold the festival after the porchetta from Ariccia received an IGP mark, conferring protected geographical status for porchetta from Ariccia. Porchetta is a savory, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast. The body of the pig is gutted, deboned, arranged carefully with layers of stuffing, meat, fat, and skin, then rolled, spitted, and roasted, traditionally over wood. It's often heavily salted, in addition to being stuffed with garlic, rosemary, or fennel. Although popular across Italy, it is believed to have originated in central Italy, from Ariccia. Porchetta is one of two iconic culinary products of the Lazio region, the other being the sheep cheese pecorino romano, and you know what they say, 'when in Rome...'

The festival starts with a wagon working it's way through town around 6pm on the Thursday night, throwing sandwiches filled with porchetta into the waiting crowd, followed by the town band and local folk groups. There is a festival atmosphere with music, workshops and the all important porchetta every night of the sagra.

Pork, music, a picturesque Castelli Romano town, all just outside Rome... what are you waiting for?

By car from Rome:
- take the GRA  ring road and take exit number 23 SS7 Appia
- head on the SS7  Appia in the direction of Ciampino- Albano Laziale
A 1  Roma Napoli motorway exit for Monteporzio Catone
By bus: Cotral lines departing from  Roma – Anagnina station
By train: Trains from Roma Termini go to Albano Laziale, approximately 2km from Ariccia.

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2 comments:

  1. We love Porchetta, our butcher sells it every Thursday :)

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  2. Delicious looking pork roast. Yum.

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