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The small town of Nemi in the Roman hills sits overlooking the small volcanic lake of the same name. As well as its stunning, leafy location, it is famed for its fruits of the forest and wild strawberries.

Visitors to Rome in late May and early June might like to take part in the famous strawberry festival, or ‘Sagra delle Fragola’, and eat as many as you like.

More precisely ‘fragoline di bosco’ which literally means they grow wild in the woods. As the name suggests they are extremely small, more like regular berries.

Although May is the main month for the strawberry harvest in and around Nemi, related celebrations last until the end of June. If you want to get there for the main event do so for the first Sunday of June. On that day local girls in traditional costume offer punnets to the crowd.