This is your opportunity to explore the amazing countryside and the area surrounding Rome called Castelli Romani “Roman Castles” is no exception.The Castelli Romani , a wide area of hill top towns south of Rome, have always been synonymous with excellent food and relaxation. In ancient times the Romans came here were after buying food on the road, they went to eat in taverns where the restaurants served only wine . The service was rather spartan, but it was very fun. Our tour will include several villages and stops.
Your driver will pick you up at your accommodation or cruise ship and you will take you on a relaxing drive across rolling hills and lush farmlands, dotted with beautiful mansions and estates.
We will be heading south along the legendary Appian way, one of the oldest and strategically important Roman roads of the ancient republic. See the Baths of Caracalla and the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis along the way. Drive by the catacombs, a curious underground maze of tunnels hollowed out of volcanic rock, where the earlier Christians, persecuted by the Romans, would bury their dead, the baths of Caracalla.
Your first stop will be at Piazza di Corte of Ariccia designed by Bernini.You may choose to taste the famous local products including Porchetta or linger around the old town.
Afterwards we will proceed south and towards Genzano, famous for its bread ,that has obtained a truly unique quality and for the famous “INFIORATA” Festival. During this event , 3 streets of Genzano are decorated with flowers arranged in mosaics , the tradition goes back to the religious celebration of Corpus Domini. Because of the width and slope of the uphill road which hosts the floral carpet , Genzano is renowned for its charm and architecture.
Driving around the lake we will arrive in Nemi probably the best preserved town of the Castelli Romani, who got a special award from the Italian Touring Club as “Inland Excellence“. Nemi is absolutely enjoyed walking and immersing oneself in its country atmosphere.Here you will have a chance to tast the “Fragolino” typical local liquor made from wild straberries that have made the village famous. The wild straberries are used to make every kind of delicacy.
Strolling around the Albano Vulcanic lake we will reach in the scenic town of Castelgandolfo . This is where the Pope historically retreats in the summer to escape the heat of Rome. The placid town is packed with historic sites, including the Church of St. Thomas of Villanova, designed by Baroque master, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Enjoy a relaxing walk in this lovely medieval town and shoot some photos to the beautiful view and the papal palace. We will drive through th Albanian hills and arrive in Frascati dominated by the spectacular Villa Aldobrandini, and across the walk with the look that embraces the whole city of Rome. Frascati is well known for its wine production .Explore the village on your own.You may upgrade your tour with a local wine tasting and light snacks. ( 20 euro per person )
Museum entrance fees
Meals and drinks