Palestrina has been overlooking the countryside south of Rome, 40 kilometres away, from the slopes of Monte Ginestra for nearly three-thousand years.
The town developed from the ancient Praeneste. Its narrow streets and step-pathways lead up to the summit of the town. The highlight of its historic centre is the magnificent Palazzo Barberini, whose windows afford lovely views over a verdant valley.
Remains of the imposing Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia can still be seen surrounding the medieval town, defining its appearance. The sanctuary is a majestic historical complex. Consecrated to the goddess of fortune, it is considered the most significant construction with late-Republican architectural features of ancient Italy. It was one of the most important temples of antiquity and people would come from Rome to be told their future and receive good omens of all kinds.
Not many know that generations of craftsmen in this town have carried on local traditions such as working copper, ceramic and iron. There are many workshops where craft works linked with the ancient artistic history of the town continue to be produced.
The most popular local dish is the sagna, a very simple pasta made by hand with flour and water. Other typical dishes and products are the small gnocchi with pork sauce called “gnocchetti a cò de soreca”, polenta with sausages, pasta and beans, barbecued meat, meat cooked in tomato sauce, rabbit cacciatora, cheeses and traditional biscuits.
The Palestrina “giglietti”, fragrant lilly-shaped biscuits, can be bought in the local Slow Food bakeries.
Interesting events are the Feast of the Giglietto in August and the Strawberry Feast in May.

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