Il Mercato

Il Mercato – Fresh Air Market

Indulge in a sensory journey at Villa Romana Estate Winery’s enchanting Il Mercato – a vibrant outdoor market that transports you to the heart of ancient Rome, where fresh flavors and cultural richness converge. Nestled amidst the picturesque vineyards, this Roman-themed market invites you to savor a unique blend of history, culinary delights, and the finest wines!

C.W. Eckersberg (1783–1853)
Veduta di Roma dalle arcate del Colosseo, 1815
Copenhagen, Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), inv. KMS3123
Public Domain

As you step into Il Mercato, be captivated by the lively atmosphere reminiscent of ancient Roman times, adorned with vibrant stalls showcasing an array of local produce, artisanal crafts, and delectable treats. The air is filled with the tantalizing aroma of fresh air, fine wines, savory delights, and aromatic herbs – a true feast for the senses.

Upcoming Event Dates:

  • May 25, 2024 – 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • June 29, 2024 – 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • July 27, 2024 – 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • August 31, 2024 – 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • September 28, 2024 – 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM



  • Charcuterie & Wine Pairing – Featuring a fine selection of meats, cheeses, nuts, etc., perfectly paired to our wines β€” $ 25.00
    • Includes market entry – must be pre-purchased online (below) at least 24 hours in advance to the event date
  • Flight Package (no charcuterie) – Includes 3 servings (1.5 oz. each) of wines from a selection of our vintages β€” $ 10.00
    • Includes market entry – purchased on-site; no pre-purchase necessary
  • Market Entry On-Site (admission only) β€” $ 5.00
    • Purcahsed on-site; no pre-purchase necessary

While wandering through the market’s pathways, lined with stalls offering a curated selection of local fairs, enjoy flights of wines from Villa Romana’s renowned vineyards. Expert vintners stand ready to guide you through tastings, allowing you to savor the nuances of each varietal. Raise a glass to the legacy of winemaking that echoes through the family’s heritage, celebrating the artistry and dedication that defines Villa Romana’s prestiguous vintages.

In addition to the gastronomic delights, Il Mercato hosts live performances by musicians and will feature performers in full costume, re-enacting scenes from 2000 years ago, bringing the spirit of ancient Rome to life. Allow yourself to be transported to a bygone era as their performances fill the air, creating an ambiance that transcends time.

For those seeking a hands-on experience, interactive workshops and demonstrations await. Learn the art of crafting Roman-inspired tools and armour, get photos with costumes and ancient artifacts, or participate in samplings of the various wares that showcase the local community’s commitment to quality and authenticity.

As the sun sets, Il Mercato transforms into a magical setting, illuminated by the soft glow of lanterns. Enjoy the evening with a glass of Villa Romana’s finest wine in hand, surrounded by the beauty of the vineyards and the echoes of ancient Roman culture.

Villa Romana Estate Winery welcomes you to immerse yourself in the splendor of Il Mercato – a celebration of flavors, history, and the enduring spirit of Roman traditions. Join us for an unforgettable experience where the past meets the present, and every sip and bite tell a story of passion and craftsmanship.