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If you are planning to spend your vacation in Rome but want to experience something different from what tourists normally do; if you want to discover unknown gems just a few kilometers from Rome, have a look through this web site. We are specialized in the Italian art of food&wine tourism, so come and challenge yourself with one of the cooking lessons we offer or with a blind wine tasting in Castelli Romani. Contact us so that we can tailor your special vacation!

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"Castelli Romani" (Roman Castles) aren't actually castles, but hill towns, many of them with an ancient history (often older than Rome!), with a rich offering of local food and many great wines (mainly white). These hill towns are located south-east of Rome and are located in the Alban Hills (Colli Albani), a landscape created by volcanic activity approx. 250.000 years ago. One enormous volcanic eruption left a massive crater about 25 km in diameter (now Pratoni del Vivaro), followed by smaller eruptions. After the extinction of the volcanoes the craters in some cases filled with water and have become magnificent crater lakes, two of which are Albano and Nemi. The area had other volcanic lakes, but now without water (Valle Riccia and the small lakes of Laghetto di Pavona).

I Colli Albani dal G R A di Roma

 

Because of their hillside location, in summer the Castelli Romani towns enjoy a fresher climate than Rome and the surrounding Roman plain. Already in the Roman era, because of the main southern route of the Appia road going through the hills, rich families began spending the summer in Castelli Romani to escape from the heat. These families built wonderful villas (villa suburban) there, whose ruins are still visible in many locations.
During the feudal era, aristocratic families (like Chigi, Conti, Aldobrandini, etc.) fortified their residences to defend themselves against attacks; also in their attempts to free themselves from Pope authority.

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In the 16th century it again became fashionable to build sumptious villas there which today are an important part of Italy's culture; villas like the Aldobrandini, the Villa Borghese and the Barigioni all in Frascati; Villa Chigi in Ariccia; Villa Cesarini Sforza in Genzano; Villa Corsini in Albano; Palazzo Ginnetti in Velletri (unfortuneately destroyed during WW II); Palazzo Borghese in Monte Porzio, etc. The actual number of "castelli" is a subject of dispute. The chief towns properly called "castelli" are: Frascati, Monte Porzio, Rocca Priora, Grottaferrata, Marino, Castelgandolfo, Albano, Ariccia, Genzano, Nemi, Lanuvio, Rocca di Papa and Velletri.

Castelli Romani have many unknown treasures. Certainly the two volcano lakes of Albano and Nemi deep down in their extinct craters, or the many Roman ruins, or the great aristocratic villas. Below are some of the suggested visits:


Frascati: Villa Aldobrandini
Castelgandolfo: the Pope garden
Albano: the “cisternoni”, the anphiteather
Nemi: the roman boat museum
Monte Porzio: the Tuscolum ruins

 


Magnificent Romanesque and Baroque churches, the labyrinths of "Castelli Romani" towns, crater lakes, civic museums, a rich cultural life and unforgettable good food blend together to create a magic land for curious visitors.

Castelli Romani, older than Rome!

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Villas & Apartments

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Hotels & Country Houses

Enjoy your holidays in one of the hotel that we have selected for your stay, both

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Bed & Breakfast

To enjoy your holiday in Castelli Romani in a more informal way

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Gardens

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Cooking School

Food is the Italian passion. Wine&Dine Holidays is partnering with IFA (Italian Food Adventures)

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Food & Wine

In Italy food is tradionally connected with culture, history and lifestyle, as the different...

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