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Castelli Romani

Rome is beautiful, so beautiful that, I swear, nothing else seems to me to compare with it. In short, to tell you my thinking on Rome, it is not only the most beautiful city in the world, but it also is without a possibility of comparison with any other.

Charles de Brosses


“Castelli Romani” – Roman Castles – the name of an area featuring the castles so romantically sung years ago by Claudio Villa or Ettore Petrolini in the famous Roman song “A trip to the Castles”, better known with the name of "Nanně".
To that we can add that the castles are 16 in number, originally tiny villages and today full-scale towns in the area to the southeast of Rome. They are located on a similar number of hilltops – lava hills formed by the eruptions 42,000 years ago of the great Lazio volcano, which today lies extinct under the lakes of Nemi and Albano.
The area has always been renowned for its fertility – and in effect the song says “it’s better than champagne the wine of these vines, which have let us enjoy abundance since the times of Noah!” First the emperors and then the Popes raised the status of the Castelli area to that of a sought-after residential and holiday location – and today Romans still go there for Sunday lunch.
Today the trip to the Castelli is a pleasant tourist, cultural, religious and, why not, wine & food itinerary much appreciated by everyone who chooses it. The area in fact offers everything – from the Renaissance villas of the Roman aristocracy, to the archaeological site of the ancient city of Tusculum, from the farms offering tastings of characteristic local products, to the spiritual sites, like the Abbey of St. Nilus (San Nilo), which follows the Byzantine-Greek rite, or the papal residence of Castel Gandolfo. It should not be forgotten that the Castelli Romani area is also a protected regional nature park covering 12,000 hectares (nearly 30,000 acres) and featuring luxuriant nature with the same varieties of flora, in the form known by the Ancient Romans, such as sweet-chestnut coppices.


For the visit it’s possible to organize a wonderful tour by car or with a minibus that, starting from Rome, touches the towns of Frascati, Rocca di Papa (with Mount Cavo), Nemi, Ariccia and Castel Gandolfo, with various stops en route and the possibility of stopping to taste specialties or for lunch. For restaurants in the area see the Restaurants page.

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