On August 10, the magical night of the shooting stars on the day dedicated to San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence), provides the occasion for popular celebrations on Lake Nemi, too. Calici di stelle This event, which has been held for several editions now, is set against the backdrop of Rome’s Sforza Cesarini di Genzano park. On the night of San Lorenzo it becomes centre stage for a series of events. Inside the Park, in the area of the Foresteria (guest accommodation), in conjunction with the Consortium for the promotion and protection of Colli Lanuvini wine, and with the association of Restaurateurs of Genzano, guests can taste all the area’s traditional produce. At the same time, still within the park, the Tuscolana astronomy association will be guiding visitors on a tour of the night skies with an astronomy observation session, in the hope of seeing shooting stars. A torch-lit procession under the starry skies On the night of San Lorenzo, an evocative torch-lit procession from Nemi to Genzano will follow the slopes around the lake, in keeping with the legends of antiquity. These legends have it that, to mark the full moon of the Ides of August, the ancient populations of the Lazio region would arrive at the sanctuary dedicated to Diana Nemorense, goddess of moonlight and life that is reborn, under the light of their torches. The tour will stop off at the archaeological digs of the Temple of Diana, taking in the enchanting Garden of Diana, with a short break before setting off for Genzano again. On arriving at the Parco Sforza Cesarini park, there will be a free tasting session of DOC Colli Lanuvini wines, bruschetta made with Genzano’s traditional homemade bread, pizza, pasta and water melon, along with the stunning view of falling stars. At 7.30 pm a shuttle bus will leave from Piazza Tommaso Frasconi for Nemi, where the torch-lit procession will start at 8.30 pm. It costs 3 euros to take part. The one to mark San Lorenzo is just one of the many events during "Genzano, a Summer Garden - a Summer Festival in soulful settings", which got underway on July 19 and will continue until August 31.