Castel di Tora is a small municipality in Italy, located about 80 km from Rome, the Lazio region. The town is on the shores of Lake Turano and attracts numerous visitors by its incredibly beautiful landscapes. Castel di Tora is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
The town has a centuries-old history and traditions that Castel di Tora tries to maintain and develop.
One of traditions in Castel di Tora is annual Polenta festival “Festa del polentone“. The tradition to cook the polenta in the huge boilers in the town center and to offer it to all the guests has centuries-old historical roots. And besides now Castel di Tora is a member of “Polentari d’Italia” association.
Polenta is Italian dish, porridge of maize flour for the production of which different varieties of maize are used. Polenta can be eaten as a separate dish or as a side dish with meat, fish, mushrooms or cheese. It is not so easy to cook the real tasty polenta, you need to know the secrets of choosing of flour and cooking technology.
The festival Festa del polentone offers to taste the polenta with special fish sauce of mixed tuna, herring, cod and anchovies. Usually the polenta is ready to 12.00 – “Polentone è servito …” :) – and is distributed for guests right near the lake.
Cooking and eating of polenta are accompanied by the fair of local delicacies and folk-music entertainments.