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discovering the old boroughs – life and art
urban trekkings

Ville Tuscolane – The Tuscolana Villas are a range of ancient and magnificient summer residences, built by the families of Cardinals and Popes of the XVI and XVII centuries. These Villas are a unique ensemble of art and life, they have wonderful frescoes with both subjects from the greeks and roman myths and from the stories of the bible, and also magnificent gardens and water theatre in which they osted guests for parties and dinners. We can visit: Villa Mondragone, owned by the family Borghese, that is one of the oldest villas and one of the biggest, Villa Tuscolana, that has a wonderful panoramic position and there is a chapel made by Vasanzio, Villa Aldobrandini gardens and water theatre (only during the week from mon to fri), Villa Torlonia – gardens and water theatre that are now a city park, and Villa Grazioli that has the wordeful frescoes of the artist Pannini.

Frascati – the city center tells a millenary history, from the pre-roman Tusculum, that was distroyed during the Middle Age and that was situated on the mountain just over the current city, to the fast of the baroque period, when some of the most beautiful villas and churches were made, till the fist railway of the Pontifician State in XIX century, that went from Rome to Frascati. Today the city is one of the most important villages of the Roman Castels, full of life and traditions, and location of some very good wines were made (DOC FRASCATI SUPERIORE). We can also go on a tour of the ancient “osterie”, to taste traditional food and wine.
Nemi – is a very typical ancient village, built during the middle age, as the old tower in the main square still withnesses. This little borough is in a wonderful panoramic position over the crater of the old volcan that contains Nemi’s lake, and the view arrives till the tyrrenian sea.
Lanuvio – is one of the most typical boroughs of the region still maintaining its middle age towers, but also a lot of structures of the roman period. Lanuvio is on a wordeful panoramic position, and is also one of most ancient cities of the region, it was famous for the sanctuary of Juno Sospita, an important religious tradition of the roman period, that is full of mystery. Nowadays the city is devoted to the Madonna delle Grazie, the Virgin that saves and forgives, the sacred icon of the Virgin is kept in a XVI sec. sanctuary and the feast is in May, when this icon is brought from the church to the city center by a solenne processione.
Ariccia – Ariccia is famous for its porchetta…but also for the beautiful architecture that Lorenzo Bernini designed there. We will visit the beautiful church of Santa Maria Assunta, that is a round church made by Bernini in the square that originally was the court of the Chigi Palace, and today is the heart of the city. The Chigi palace and its park are two magnificent examples of the past, where you can still see furniture and decorations owned by the Chigi family from the XVII sec till 1980. A walk in the little alleys of the village can bring you in the everyday life of this ancient city.
Castel Gandolfo – Is one of the most beautiful borough of Italy, a walk through the little alleys of the small city will enchant you, as well as the panoramic view over the lake. The Pope had his summer villa here from the XVI sec, and the Palace of The Pope is still there with the entrance in the main square. there is also the very first mailbox of Italy (from the XIX sec) and the magnificient church of San Tommaso da Villanova made by Bernini.

Velletri- was one of the cities of the Volsci people, ancient pre-Roman population, and then an important Roman city in which were also the villa of the Emperor Adriano’s family. The city still preserves some medieval architectures, that are interesting to discover. You cannot miss a visit to the two museums of the city: the civil one has a wonderful collection of archeological precious pieces and a part that tells the geological history of the Latium Volcan, the second one that is the Diocesano Museum has a collection of art (paintings sculputeres) and sacred ornaments that are also made with gold and precious stones.

San Nilo – Grottaferrata – San Nilo is a millenary Abbey founded by the friar Nilo in 1004. It is the only abbey in Italy that still follows the Byzanthine rite, because San Nilo didn’t recognized the schism of the oriental and occidental churches. The church is very beautiful and shows some byzantine icons as the one of Santa Maria of Grottaferrata, some mosaics and the art of the middle age. Very magnificients are the frescoes in the Farnese Chapel, painted by Domenichino.

off the beaten paths – trekkings and nature
Via Sacra – it is one of the most ancient routes of the Latium, it brought from the Appia to the hut of the Mount Cavo, where the temple of Juppiter Latialis was. The route with the “basolato” pavement is still in the middle of the wood, is a very suggestive walking troough history and nature, and the panoramic view, over the two lakes (Nemi and Albano) till the sea is really unique.
Via Francigena – is a religious foothpath, the route that Saint Francis took from Rome to Israel. A part of this route is through the region of Castelli Romani, and it is an interesting path to discover landscapes and nature.
Tour of Nemi’s Lake – this is a wonderful itinerary trough the wood, to discover nature, unexpected landscapes on the lake and till the sea, and also legends and history of this site. Nemi’s lake was inhabited and sacred from the pre-Roman period, and there are some grottos that were used to keep water and are still functioning. A walk there is a walk trough the centuries.
Mount Artemisio – is the second highest mountain of the region, with a wonderful panorama all around, on the Roman Castles and Monti Lepini till the sea. The walk through the wood make you discover an uncontaminate nature and also some statements of the past: the ancient grottos inhabited in the Prehystoric Period, and the ruins of churches and of the old castle inhabited during the middle age. These sites were refuge for the bandits during the XIX sec.

Emotion and Activities

Olive oil making – in October and the first part of November, each year, there is the harvest of olives and the oil making. The intense fragrance of fresh olive oil is something that you have to experience, and so is the taste. Come and have an olive oil day!
Bread Making – bread is something very characteristic of our region, the handmade bread in Genzano is an European recognized product. the fragrance of this bread fills all the alleys and streets of the boroughs every day. Making bread with one of the local baker is an experience you cannot miss.
Wine Making – in September and early October we have grape harvest and wine making. You can harvest grapes and follow the methods that wine makers have in order to have good wine.
Farm and animals – this is an activity especially suitable for families, you can discover a typical farm of the region with all the animals (chickens, rabbits, ducks, cows, sheeps, horses, pigs etc). it is also possible to make cheese and to have a brunch with the farm products .
Mountain bike tours – historical and naturalistic tours with our specialized bike guides! Stay tuned for the itineraries that are work in progress at the moment!
kayak and canoying in the Albano lake nature, landscape and history
cooking classes – enjoy the food making with some of the most apprecied typical recipes of the region, guided by our chefs! you’ll make fettuccine….