Saint Giulio’s feast  offer a gastronomic meeting in a medieval environment. The celebration takes place on the last Sunday before the 31st of January, anniversary day of Saint Giulio; the gastronomic part cannot hide the deep religious roots of this feast.

To the hundreds and sometimes thousands of followers a beans soup is served boiled in huge copper pots, under which maple timber burns; they boil meat, pork’s skin, lard, carrots, onions, potatoes, salt and beans, of course. The soup is served together with the bread blessed during a liturgical service; the meaning is that everyone is equal in front of God.


Figure 5 – The preparation of the traditional “fagiolata” (beans soup)