International Festival of Antique Sepomaia viva

30.07.2012 - 31.07.2012

Umag-Umago, Povijesna jezgra grada (Freedom Square)
Povijesna jezgra grada (Freedom Square)

Days of the antique sepomaia

Popular among the inhabitants and the guests, the historic festival Sepomaia viva invites some ancient times when Istria was ruled by the Romans. 

White wine was drunk with honey, and rose petals were added to the red one. The life flourished in the rustic villas around the present-day Umag, and the standard of beauty and cuisine were different than today. That was between the 1st and the 4th c. AD, in the times when a part of the north-western part of Istrian coast near Umag was known under the name of Sepomaia.

The people of Umag will hold the festival to honour those times from July 30 till August 01 at the old St Martin’s city square, next to the city museum, and, for three days, revive the spirit of the antiquity, which left a permanent civilisation mark in these areas. 

There will be food from the Roman times, prepared according to the recipes of the famous Apicius cookbook. There will be a performance of the antique dancers and gladiators, and the overview of the ancient times will be supplemented by the old trades’ workshops – pottery, stone-masonry and mosaic-making. The typical dishes will be offered by the tavern Kod Radovana i Vjeke.

On the same occasion, the Umag City Museum will present its own exhibition of pottery, found during the excavations at the important antique locality of Katoro at the similar cape near Umag.

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