It is not the city that disguises itself to revive its imposing Roman past. It is the inhabitants of the Tarraco of the emperor Augustus that return to the city for the rebirth of the capital of civilization of 2,000 years ago! Welcome to the Tàrraco Viva Festival, a proposal of historical divulgation essential in TripIdeas of the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast). Tarragona, its setting, is one of the witnesses of the best preserved Roman past in Europe and for this reason it is a Unesco.World Heritage Site.
The Tàrraco Viva Festival puts this monumental heritage into value with a work of historical reconstruction admired throughout the world. The city becomes the city that Augustus projected as the political and commercial axis of the civilization united by the Mare Nostrum. Tarraco was for two years the capital of the Roman Empire while Augustus established his residence to recover from an illness.
Now, every May, with the Tàrraco Viva Festival, the Roman Amphitheater is once again full of people, and you can be among the spectators in one of the historical representations of the time of the emperors. One hundred actors recreate with a play the peace of Augustus in the reproduction of the Ara Pacis, the altar where the emperor sealed the end of the war with Hispania and Gaul.
You can register for guided tours to the Roman city and discover the house of the emperor's wife, the streets of the Roman villa, and Roman politics or society. Or if you are passionate about history, delve into the knowledge of the Roman Empire in the many conferences held at very special places. There are more than 800 activities, always with an eye on the splendorous past of the city.
THE CHILDREN'S TÀRRACO OF THE COSTA DAURADA
The premises of the the Fira de Tarragona is one of the great spaces destined for the popularization in Tàrraco Viva. In fact, it is usually dedicated to the children's public with dozens of programmed school visits, which take a tour of the history of the Roman Empire. Gastronomic days, workshops and markets of ancient Ro On the other hand, Camp de Mart, is on one of the festival's Saturdays, the ideal place to spend the festival as a family. The Pueri Festival Tàrraco Viva is celebrated, where children can participate in workshops for all ages and introduce themselves in Roman culture beginning with the beginning, that is, dressing like authentic emperors!
In the Museu Arqueològic de Tarragona they also hold workshops for children, which run throughout the year. The kids work as Roman architects or Roman horticulturists while the history in capital letters is creeping in by the five senses in the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast).
TRY THE GASTRONOMY OF IMPERIAL ROME
Associated with the festival is the funny and very tasty Tàrraco a Taula gastronomic initiative. A score of twenty restaurants and gastronomic establishments of the city search in the Roman recipe book to present gastronomic proposals of the imperial Rome to the visitors. You will sense through the view and the palate how the Roman culture has also influenced our gastronomy. The blue fish was a regular meal of the poor, the pepper and spices were in all the dishes and the bread was made with natural yeasts and old flours. On the table, the wine, of course. Nor will beer be lacking ... Do you dare to drink it hot like the Roman plebeians?
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