Tivoli, mentioned as Tibur Superbum in Virgil’s Aeneid, has ancient origins dating back to around 1,215 BC.
Tivoli has always been considered an important point of convergence between different peoples and cultures, and today the image of Tivoli is inextricably linked to the three magnificent villas it houses, Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Villa Gregoriana managed by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano).
The beauties of this area have been the favourite destination of poets, painters and rich aristocrats who, as early as the 19th century, came here as a stop on the famous Grand Tour, and today they are the evocative setting for the Archeo-Mercato della Terra project.
The Archeo-Mercato is organised by the committee of the Slow Food Tivoli and Valle dell’Aniene Convivium in collaboration with the Tivoli Municipality and is designed to promote the area’s excellent food while also using a narrative referring to the city’s ancient cultural heritage.
The entire project was conceived with respect for the environment and the landscape, from the display counters (in wood and cotton cloth) to the materials used for packaging and tastings, which do not use plastic.
In some editions of the Market, it is possible to taste drinks and food based on ancient recipes such as Kykeon beer (a slightly alcoholic drink flavoured with mint, coriander, honey and carob), Libum votive bread with Epityrum, an olive pesto described by Apicius and Columella. Each edition of the market is an opportunity to travel: with a tasting, a workshop, the exchange of seeds and sourdough, the presentation of a book, an aperitif or musical entertainment.
The producers involved in the market are numerous and come mainly from the Aniene Valley. There are products linked to local gastronomic and agricultural biodiversity, such as Fagiolina di Arsoli and the sweet Giglietto di Palestrina, both Slow Food Presidia, and various Ark of Taste products such as Ciambella a cancello di Mentana, Pizzutello grapes from Tivoli, Tozzotto bread from San Michele, and Sarzefine di Zagarolo (or scorzobianca, a root very similar to scorzonera).
At the Market, you can always find a wide range of healthy, top quality products, such as raw milk cheeses, naturally leavened bread made from stone-ground flour, jams and olive oil, honey and biodynamic hive products, fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, cured meats and meat (free of preservatives), herbal infusions and liqueurs. The market also hosts, from time to time, the most significant craftsmen of the area.
Occasionally, the Archeo-Mercato collaborates with the Association "l’Orto dei Cuochi" and the Slow Food Alliance of Chefs to prepare the "Pranzo Contadino" (Farmer’s Lunch) with many of the products at the market. On special occasions, special "travelling" editions of the Archaeo-Market are organised, at the Festival del Giglietto in Palestrina (the first weekend in August) or in September, at the Pizzutello festival in Tivoli and the Fagiolina festival in Arsoli, or at the "Degustazioni a corte" event in Roviano.
The market is very close to Villa d’Este and can be easily reached on foot using the car park in Piazza Massimo or Piazzale Matteotti.
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Via 2 Giugno, corner of Piazza Santa Croce
every first and third Sunday of the month
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed in August
Special edition in September on the second Sunday of the month
+39 348 3029144