Tour to the Roman castles: Nemi, Ariccia and Castel Gandolfo, a day from Rome

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The Roman castles are located in the territory of the ancient Lazio Vetus, about 30 km from Rome, they are a series of small villages scattered on a territory of volcanic origin, immersed in the green of hills, woods and lakes; there are fourteen villages rich in history, traditions and popular festivals. The origin of the name of the Roman castles dates back to the fourteenth century, when many inhabitants of Rome took refuge in the castles of Roman feudal families such as: Savelli, Annibaldi, Orsini and Colonna, to escape the economic and political difficulties caused by the Avignon Prison. The Roman castles are located on the hills, in the area of the Alban hills, a short distance from each other; this holiday day will give you the opportunity to visit the main hill towns of Nemi, Ariccia and Castel Gandolfo; in the whole area of the castles, agriculture is the main economic and employment resource, together with the production of excellent and renowned wines.

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Duration: 8 hours
Starts: Rome, Italy
Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours



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The Roman castles are located in the territory of the ancient Lazio Vetus, about 30 km from Rome, they are a series of small villages scattered on a territory of volcanic origin, immersed in the green of hills, woods and lakes; there are fourteen villages rich in history, traditions and popular festivals. The origin of the name of the Roman castles dates back to the fourteenth century, when many inhabitants of Rome took refuge in the castles of Roman feudal families such as: Savelli, Annibaldi, Orsini and Colonna, to escape the economic and political difficulties caused by the Avignon Prison. The Roman castles are located on the hills, in the area of the Alban hills, a short distance from each other; this holiday day will give you the opportunity to visit the main hill towns of Nemi, Ariccia and Castel Gandolfo; in the whole area of the castles, agriculture is the main economic and employment resource, together with the production of excellent and renowned wines.

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Stop At: Lago di Nemi, 00040 Nemi Italy

Nemi is the smallest village in the regional area of the Roman castles, beautiful and famous for the abundant cultivation of strawberries and for the respective feast; unlike normal-sized strawberries, smaller strawberries are very delicious, known as “wild strawberries”, which is why farmers use them to make liqueurs and liqueur cream, recommended as an excellent aperitif or as a pastime to sweeten the palate . Nemi is famous and has been recognized for the excellent quality of hospitality and stay of tourists. Walking through the streets of the city you can visit its small shops, taste the different liqueurs and buy typical local products such as jams, cakes, ham, spicy salami, bresaola, cheese and other curiosities of the local gastronomy. Its historic center is in a beautiful panoramic position on Lake Nemi, famous because two Roman ships dating back to the times of the Emperor Caligula were found here, preserved for years in the museum of Roman ships.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Ariccia, Via Savelli, 14, 00041 Albano Laziale RM, Italy

Ariccia is a very well-known and popular city in the area of the Roman castles, in the dialects of the castles it is called A ‘Riccia. Its popularity is due to the high flow of tourists who visit the Chigiano complex every year along with works by Bernini and other religious monuments. His cuisine is very similar to the Roman one, but the most famous culinary product of the castles is the Porchetta, served together with other products and accompanied by a nice glass of white wine, typical of the areas where wine is produced in the castles. Porchetta is a typical elaborate dish, made up of a whole pig, emptied, boned and seasoned, ideal for snacks in the cellar, in the garden and at home. Along the roads between one village and another, you can observe their customs and traditions, meeting famous kiosks of the Roman Porchetta or of Ariccia.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, 00040 Castel Gandolfo Italy

Castel Gandolfo is a beautiful city known above all for the summer residence of the Popes, where the Popes habitually lived for the summer, in absolute rest and relaxation. Around the residence there are other prestigious residences, villas and houses, built for nobles and rich families who have chosen this place to enjoy their holidays with a view of the lake and in absolute tranquility. The historic center is visited by tourists from all over the world, from the main square to its internal streets, full of restaurants, hotels and traditional shops with a splendid view of Lake Albano, known as the lake of Castel Gandolfo. The houses reach the beach of the lake, taking up most of the arch of the lake. This beautiful city is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and as far as gastronomy is concerned, it has an excellent cuisine and a good production of wines, it is an ideal place to have lunch in one of its typical and historical restaurants.

Duration: 3 hours



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