What to do

The best way to discover the Castelli Romani is to hire a car and drive to the historical hilltop towns scattered over the wooded slopes of this area of outstanding beauty always enjoying a breath-taking panorama of the verdant countryside and the sea in the distance.

If you reach Ariccia from our house walking across its monumental bridge you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the coastline and soon after you are immersed into the baroque athmosphere of Bernini's square, with the ducal palace facing the church. You can have a guided visit both of Palazzo Chigi that houses a collection of paintings, frescos, sculptures and artworks of 17th century and also of its lush Park, last remnant of the ancient 'nemus aricinum', rich in archeological finds, favourite destination of the Grand Tour of Italy in the 1800s.

In Albano you can have guided tours of the ancient Roman amphitheatre and water tanks and also of the early christian churches and catacombs of Saint Senatore and admire its recently restored frescos.

In Castel Gandolfo you can see the Pope's summer residence and wander the tiny lanes overlooking Lake Albano: if you drive to the beach you can swim and canoe in the lake.  If you are a golf lover you can also go to the Country Club and enjoy your favourite sport. 

In Frascati you can visit the impressive Renaissance Villa surrounded by its huge Italian Garden laid out in terraces dominating the town.

In Nemi you can visit the Museum of the ancient Roman Ships lakeshore and drive up the hill to discover the picturesque village offering an amazing view of the lake and of the Tyrrhenian sea in the distance.

You can also go walking, jogging, trekking, cycling and mountain biking along the routes through the woods, horseback riding on the Vivaro meadows in Rocca di Papa.

You can discover the local folklore, taking part in the numerous festivals that every town and village celebrates all year round, such as the Infiorata Festival in Genzano in June with its huge floral carpets in the town centre; the Peach Festival in Castel Gandolfo in July; the Porchetta Festival in Ariccia on the first Sunday of September; the Wine Festival in Marino with its world famous 'wine fountain' and free distribution of grapes and wine in the streets of the town in early October.

 

 

The Castelli Romani

You can find an overview of the charming hilltop villages of the Castelli Romani on: 

http://www.italyheaven.co.uk/lazio/castelliromani.html

 

You can get a lot of useful information about the Natural Park of the Castelli Romani and also download freely all the walking trails on its official site:

http://www.parks.it/parco.castelli.romani/Eindex.php

 

If you need information about wine making and gastronomic traditions with local feasts and exhibitions you can find them on:

http://www.stradadeivinideicastelliromani.com/stradavini/eng/index.htm

 

Rome

You can find all the information you need about Rome on the Official Tourist Website:

 

  

http://www.turismoroma.it/?lang=en