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Castelgandolfo and its lake, Genzano, Albano Laziale, Ariccia, Nemi and its lake, Frascati with wine tasting.
Tour Code & Name: RO/05 - Roman Castles Landscapes
Duration: 4 hours approximately
Meeting Point and Departure Time: to be agreed
Operating days: all year round
Handicapped Visitors: itinerary difficult with wheelchair
Transportation: driving and walking tour
Entrance Fees: Ç 5 for wine tasting. Not included.
Dress Code: entrance to the Churches and Catacombs requires appropriate attire: covered shoulders, long or short sleeves (no sleeveless arms), long trousers for gentlemen and skirts or trousers, long enough to cover their knees, for ladies.
Tips: meals, public transportation (taxis, metros, buses) and museum or monument entrance fees (indicated on the tour information schedule) are not included and must be paid by the client on the spot. When requested and when it is possible, we may purchase tickets beforehand and we may book a selected restaurant.
Please notice: we may easily adapt our tours to meet your requirements.
Booking: tours should be booked at least 15 days prior to your scheduled arrival. Anyhow you may always send us an e-mail at any time and we will make all the efforts to meet your requirements.
Through Roman countryside drive you will reach and visit Castelgandolfo (Pope's summer residence 15 miles SE of Rome) with its beautiful lake of Albano.
Stop and visit.
It's hard to believe you are just a few miles from Rome as you admire the peaceful lake views or wander the characteristic narrow streets. The air is noticeably fresher than in the city, and in the sweltering summer months it has always been a popular resort.
The town is picturesque, offering a chance to appreciate Italian small-town atmosphere. The Papal Palace - with astronomical observatory called 'Specula Vaticana' attached - dominates the central Piazza della LibertÓ; the pontifical gardens of the 17th-century Villa Barberini cover the site of a villa belonging to the Roman Emperor Domitian. The view of the Albano lake is breathtaking.
Then drive through characteristic villages:
- Genzano, which is above the crater of Lake of Nemi, is well-known for its Corpus Christi celebrated in the month of June with floral street displays departing from the church of S. Maria della Cima, uphill from the center. Genzano's grandest building is the ducal palace, Palazzo Sforza Cesarini (17th-18th century).
- Albano Laziale is a busy town with a lengthy history. On a steep slope leading up to the Lake Albano crater, Albano's Roman ruins include a grass-covered arena, bits of fortified wall and town gates, and the ruined Baths of Caracalla, later converted into a church.
- Ariccia is famous throughout the region for its porchetta (roast baby pork). The small town's greatest sight is the 17th-century Palazzo Chigi, designed by Bernini for Pope Alexander VII. The extravagant interior is open to the public. Some of the scenes of the movie picture Il Gattopardo with Burt Lancaster were filmed here. The grand Baroque church of St. Mary of Assumption, another masterpiece by Bernini, dominates its attractive piazza.
- Nemi with its volcanic lake, where in Roman times were floating two 200 feet-long boats used for religious purposes near the pagan sanctuary of goddess Diana Nemorensis. Nemi is famous for the production of delicious cherries in summertime.
- Frascati, which is filling up every weekend during the mild seasons with Romans looking for a change of pace, clean air, good food and wine in the many informal restaurants which serve rich regional specialties and the local white wine.
Wealthy aristocrats and cardinals built villas here, many of which are still standing. The most remarkable is the Villa Aldobrandini, designed by Giacomo Della Porta for the nephew of pope Cement VIII. This palace dominates the town, hovering above the central piazza in faded splendor. The gardens are open to the public and are free to visit. On a weekday the grounds may be completely empty, and you can explore the terraces in solitary state. A gigantic water feature (no longer functioning), sculptures and architectural follies dominate the gardens behind the Villa, and you can climb up beside the crumbling cascade and imagine the estate in its glittering heyday.
The cathedral is worth a look. The chief appeal of an excursion is the relaxing ambience, fine feasting, and wandering around the evocative medieval streets and the faded grandeur of the aristocratic past.
Visit and time for wine tasting, then return to Rome.
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