Villadose, Roman Market

Roman Centuriation Market
Mercato della Centuriazione Romana
Next edition dates to be announced (the event was last held in 2015)
Villadose (Rovigo, Veneto region)

A weekend to rediscover the ancient Roman daily life reliving the atmosphere of a village market with its colours, scents and many historical characters, and yet sacred rites, music, dance and theatre performances, spectacular gladiatorial games and great battle reenactments…


Geographical, cultural and historical context

Villadose is a village crossed by the river Adigetto in the eastern Polesine, an area located between the Adriatic Sea and the lower course of the Adige and Pò rivers, characterized by waterways, flood plains, sandy islands, and the majestic Pò delta, about 50km from Venice and 8km from Rovigo, in Veneto region. The territory, originally inhabited by the ancient Venetians, developed thanks to the Romanization and became a prosperous colony as witnessed by the many archaeological findings and clear traces of the former centuriation (a system of land organization and agricultural exploitation used by the Ancient Romans).


Event description and programme

Every year Villadose relives the glory and the atmosphere of the Ancient Rome magically turning for a weekend into in a Roman village. The great historical event offers the audience the unique chance of an exciting deep insight into the the civil and military daily life of the ancient Romans, by reliving the atmosphere of the centuriation market with artisans and merchants carrying out their business and hundreds of other historical characters. The programme, which harmoniously combines arts shows and combat simulations, includes workshops of experimental archaeology, sacred rites and religious ceremonies, dance, music and theatre shows, exhibitions, lectures and conferences, food stands where to taste ancient and local delights, legionnaires’ manoeuvres and drills in the historical camps, gladiatoral games, historical parades and banquets, battle reenactments, several educational and leisure activities for adults and children, and guided tours at the local Museum of Centuriation.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Gruppo Archeologico di Villadose
Address: Piazza Aldo Moro 1- 45010 Villadose (Rovigo), Italy
Tel.: +39 042531263

Villadose Town Council / Comune di Villadose
Address: Piazza Aldo Moro, 24 - 45010 Villadose (Rovigo), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)425 405206 | Fax: +39 (0)425 90322 

Image: Gruppo Archeologico di Villadose
Text sources: Gruppo Archeologico di Villadose, Wikipedia, Villadose Town Council

Villadose on Google Maps:



Promos and video reportages of the event:


Villadose, Mercato della Centuriazione 2010 edition:



Villadose, the atmosphere of the ancient Rome:



Gruppo Danze Antiche di Villadose:



A reportage of a 2017 preview waiting for the coming back of the festival:



Visiting the Museum of the Roman Centuriation:



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