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Women’s Day

In antique Rome, the day of women was called Matronalia. The year was only 10 months and it started with “Martius”, in honor of Mars, god of war and father of Romolo (the founder of the City). Therefore, New Year used to be on March 1st, a day that was dedicated to Jupiter, mother of mars, since she was the protector of the family. On that day, women day was Jupiter day, or New Year. Women brought flowers to the goddess and prayed to ask her for help with family matters and childbirth.

The kitchen in antique Rome.

The meals were predominantly three:
jentaculum: breakfast, mostly featuring bread, cheese, milk, wine, honey, and dry fruit. 
Prandium: lunch, consumed quickly and standing, it included fruit, legumes, vegetables, and fish.
Coena: dinner: it was the most awaited for meal for the romans. The poor used flour, legumes and vegetables but the rich families (patrizie) shared the meal with friends, relatives, protectors and during these meals they consumed dishes of all sorts using varieties of sauces, wine and other beverages. 

La sperduta.

Every night at 9:00pm, a bell rings for 15 minutes. It is the bell of the “Sperduta” (the lost one). This tradition started in 1600 when the bells of Santa Maria Maggiore were rung hoping to guide the road to a young female shepherd that got lost with her sheep flock. Even if the young shepherd never came back, every night since then the bell rings for 15 minutes at the same time…
Until the XVI century, every day, all the corpse of unknown people found around the city were deposited at the center of the square so that people could identify them


Piazza Barberini

Few people know that in 1600 the square appeared in the eyes of the visitor as an enclosed square accessible through an archway. The sides were occupied by houses. In the square were merged all the bodies found in every corner of the city and exposed to the eyes of the people to facilitate the recognition.

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