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Honey, which arises from the beehives positioned at the foot of the Romulean huts, where the archaic history of Rome begins, in the ideal place according to the “guidelines” suggested by Varrone, Columella and Virgilio, large and isolated, rich in plants and water; the oil, fruit of 189 olive trees, from the centenary ones near the arch of Titus to those recently planted, perfectly inserted in a landscape in which they have been part since ancient times; and now the vine, just as ancient sources hand down, including Pliny the Elder’s “Naturalis historia”, which tell of the presence, in the square of the Roman Forum, of three plants, a symbol of Roman culture: “Ficus, Olea et Vitis “. From here, with the “laying” of the first rows of vines of the “Vigna Barberini” on the Palatine Hill, the new project of the “Palatine wine”, the latest case history of eno-archeology in the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum. Technical partner of the initiative is the Cincinnato di Cori winery, 50 kilometers from the capital, where mainly Bellone is grown for the white grapes, and Nero Buono for the red ones. A cooperative with over 900,000 bottles a year, which on the Palatine is setting up a low-impact, organically run vineyard, with exclusively manual processing and supports in line with the sense of the project (such as chestnut poles and not steel or concrete).
To announce it on Instagram, the director Alfonsina Russo: “To add to the production of the oil of the splendid olive trees of the Park and of our sweet honey will follow the production of the drink par excellence so praised over the centuries, of the“ nectar of the gods ”, the wine of the Palatine”. Historical and archaeological research on excellent wines in ancient Rome has led to the knowledge of an ancient native vine that Pliny calls “pantastica grape”, from which the Bellone wine, grown in the provinces of Rome and Latina, is derived. The cultivation of the vine has always been of significant importance for all the civilizations that have followed one another throughout history and also played a very important role in Roman civilization. The Romans were excellent winemakers: in fact, archaeological traces of vine cultivation trenches have been found, mostly in rows, often also in sapling for the so-called “married” vine. The Colosseum Archaeological Park still preserves in its toponymy areas called “vineyard”, in the broadest sense of the term, or gardens, and in archaeological investigations and historical maps the presence of vineyards is well documented. Hence the idea of ​​planting a small vineyard, in an area of ​​the Palatine Hill called “Vigna Barberini”, by the Roman family that owned it in the seventeenth century. Currently a small area of ​​the terrace already hosts fruit plants, the sacred fig of the origins and other ancient species, explain from the Park.
The important heritage of olive trees had already pushed the PArCo to promote the “virtuous” recovery of olives, otherwise wasted, thanks to the production of “Palatinum”, an extra virgin olive oil without the use of chemicals. And always on the Palatine Hill, with the project “GRABees – The Honey of Rome”, hives have been positioned from which the “Ambrosia del Palatino” honey is produced.
Waiting for the season suitable for planting the vineyard, the production of “Colosseum wine” was announced by Russo herself in January and is part of the “Green Park” project, inspired by the “Green Economy”, and launched to reduce the environmental impact, preserve the ecosystem and biodiversity, with initiatives ranging from waste recycling to the implementation of eco-sustainable restoration pilot projects, from the collection of plants and spontaneous fruits of the Park to the planting of ancient and Renaissance essences linked to its history, passing through the collaboration with the Didactic Education and Training Service for Green Economy education projects for visitors of all ages. The Park, in fact, is not only an archaeological site including in addition to the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Arch of Constantine and the Domus Area, to name just some of the wonders of Rome and the history of humanity, but also a large green area that extends for more than 40 hectares (considering only the territory of the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill) in the heart of Rome. A “natural park” in which the spontaneous vegetation, typical of the Mediterranean area, coexists with the large trees planted in recent centuries, in order to revive the spirit of the imperial gardens and the Renaissance Horti Farnesiani which, in successive phases, embellished the top of the ancient hill, and which has been chosen as a habitat by a large fauna of small mammals, reptiles, insects and birds.

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Marco Ribaudo

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For the love of food and wine! Marco Ribaudo, Certified Sommelier, with 25 years in the food and beverage industry now invites you to join him in his latest adventure, the opening of la Cucina del Vino to share his culture and passion for creating unforgettable memories around the table.

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