Opitergium: Ancient Roman Reenactment
Opitergium: Rievocazione Storica Romana
Next edition: to be announced (the event was last held in 2016)
Oderzo (Treviso, Veneto region)
a weekend of fascinating time-travel back to the Ancient Roman Age to relive and discover the magnificent past of the beautiful Oderzo through tableaux vivants, theatre, music, dance, historical cuisine, gladiators fights, chariot races, battle reenactments and a wealth of themed leisure and cultural activities...
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Oderzo is a medieval and renaissance town located in the very heart of the Venetian plain along the Monticano River, in a fertile and rich in vineyards territory, about 30 km from Treviso and 66 km from Venice, in Veneto region. Oderzo has always been a strategically important crossroad thanks to its location ideal for trade. And in fact the Latin name Opitergium is supposed to stem from "Terg", an ancient Venetic root word indicating a market. The foundation of the town dates back to the Iron Age and the first settlement of the Venetic tribes in the area around the 10th Century B.C. Oderzo was gradually Romanised and granted also the status of Municipium in 48 BC, thus experiencing a great economic, cultural and architectural development. The town reached its peak and about 50.000 inhabitants in the 1st and 2nd Centuries AD as witnessed still today by the many archaeological ruins witness still today its great past.
Event description and programme
On the first weekend of June, Oderzo is home to an impressive historical event celebrating the glory and magnificence of the ancient roman Opitergium. The rich programme, extended for a week long, includes the faithful reconstruction of Roman and Celtic historical camps, where to experience scenes from the daily life of the period, as well as themed exhibitions and lectures, dance and theatre shows, food and wine stands, historical banquets, guided tours at the archaeological excavations and the museum, workshops and displays of experimental archaeology, archery contests, sacred rites and religious ceremonies, and yet the chariot race, the historical parade, the ancient crafts market, the gladiator fights, and a great battle reenactment between Roman legionaries and Celtic warriors.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Event facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Opitergium-Rievocazione-Storica-354788898062098/
Oderzo Town Council / Comune di Oderzo
Address: Via Garibaldi, 14, 31046 Oderzo (Treviso), Italy
Ufficio Relazioni con il Pubblico
Tel: +39 (0)422 8121 | Fax: +39 (0)422 815208
Tourist Information Office
Tel.: +39 (0)422 812242 | Fax: +39 (0)422 812266
Fondazione Oderzo Cultura Museo Civico Archeologico "Eno Bellis"
Address: Barchessa di Palazzo Foscolo, via Garibaldi 63, 31046 Oderzo (Treviso), Italy
Associazione La Fontana
Address: via Pragatta 11, 31046 Oderzo (Treviso), Italy
Image: Fondazione Oderzo Cultura
Text sources: Fondazione Oderzo Cultura, Wikipedia, Oderzo Town Council
Oderzo on Google Maps:
Promos and video reportages of the event:
Opitergium, theatre: Sophocles' Antigone:
Opitergium, the historical parade in downtown Oderzo:
Visiting Oderzo, the ancient Opitergium: