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Castelli Romani Dream Tour

Castelli Romani Dream Tour is born thanks to you, to you, tourists and travelers who have taught me to see the area where I live with new eyes, you have forced me to you with your questions to be interested in the stories of these places. And so I fell in love: and it is this love that I want to convey is that I want to share with you. Castelli Romani Dream Tour is a tribute to this land which, while not being my native land, I was welcomed with its many traditions and beauty of its landscapes, its ancient culture and its culinary delights, with its one thousand folk traditions that attract so many legends.
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A VERY WILD FOREST

The south western part of the ridge that surrounds Lake Albano is incredibly wild and mysterious.

The vegetation forms an intricate agglomeration of branches and leaves sometimes impenetrable.

In the spaces between the thick trees and shrubs you can see glimpses of the lake

The lake is part of a very ancient volcanic system (see “Interview with the volcano) so the ground is unstable, often the rain causes landslides that uproot and drag the trees on  the paths steep slope.

during these events even large boulders are sometimes dragged.

Many meet along the paths.

Over time they cover themselves with moss and sometimes with ivy.

Thus covered they tend to resemble a soft pillow.

the atmosphere in the forest is mysterious, fascinating and disturbing at the same time.

 

In this season, autumn, which in my opinion is the most beautiful in the forest, are the hedgehogs and chestnuts along the paths.

Beautiful mushrooms grow on the fallen and decomposing trunks

many shrubs are thorny and make it difficult to pass on the less traveled paths.

The many landslides that occur from time to time erase the paths and you must always create new steps to walk in the woods.

Some passages are dangerous because they overhang the steep slope.

For this reason it is better not to go after a heavy rain because it could be dangerous.

Sometimes, under a thin layer of heart there is a slab of Peperino (typical volcanic material) the rain infiltrates the earth and the rock and suddenly the earth detaches and slides along the rock and falls downstream.If you’re hosted in Castelli Romani and want to explore the wild forest you can contact us. Be careful if you go alone! You’re not expert and the place is very very wild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE AMAZING VILLA DORIA

Villa Doria it’s a  public  park  in Albano Laziale, one of   the   biggest    town  in  Castelli   Romani.   It’s  a   beautiful      and    big    park    with    avenues,  delicious     corners,  a    sporting     club    with     beack     volley,    tennis,        swimming  pool, restaurant and caffè.

The park is very popular with families, couples, human and dogs, but is also very important because hosts the ruins of a huge  Roman  Villa: the   Villa  of Pompeo Magno.
The   Villa  was  built   with   great   pomp  by   Pompeo   (roman   soldier   and political) between 61 and 58 b.C.

The ruins, still majestic, occupay an area of 340 meters in lenght   and 260 in terms of width equal to 9 hectares.

 

The central body of the Villa reached three floor high.

it’s fascinating walking with the dog or the baby around such a magnificient Roman ruins.

 

Between the 1700 and 1800 the Villa became property of the powerful Doria Pamphili Family. One of the most important noble families in the story of Italy.

 

 

 

 

THE AMAZING GARDEN OF NINFA

If you love gardens, you absolutely must not miss the oasi of Ninfa.

Ninfa was a medieval city abandoned by its inhabitants because of malaria and slowly fall into disrepair.IMG_0446

The town was deserted for 600 years until the twentieth century, when three generations of the Caetani family decided to revive the city (that belonged to the family) like a garden. They realized that the crumbling buildings and stone bridges of the town were a dreamlike setting for a garden.

In 1922 the English born Duchess of Sermoneta, planted the roses which still cascade over trees and ruins, scrambling to enormous heights. Her son, Prince Gelasio, planted the ilexes, cypresses, black walnuts and magnolia grandiflora which, now mature, give the garden its air of timelessness. IMG_0499

After the prince’s death his brother Roffredo and his American wife Marguerite, lived at Ninfa for twenti-five years, adding collections of flowering trees and creating more streams to criss-cross the garden. They were followed by Lelia Caetani, an artist, and her husband Hubert Howard, who added more magnolias, paulonia fargesii and began an arboretum outside the walls.

Since 1976 the garden has been transformed into an oasi managed by the W.W.F.IMG_0451

Ninfa is an authentic paradise where history, art and nature have reached an equilibrium and a truly unique fusion.

 

 

 

The fascinating roman cistern in Albano

Roman cisterns are a masterpiece of hydraulic and constructive architecture engineering that have merged in a superb way with military purposes of the Ancient Imperial Rome.

There are many tanks of the roman era that can be visited on different Regions of Italy such as those of Miseno, Pozzuoli or Formia.

piscina mirabilis di Bacoli (Miseno) Cisterna di Formia

Remains of ancient cisterns are also found in Tunisia, Turkey and Syria.

But the fascinating Cistern of Albano is the only source for water supply of the Roman era still perfectly working. The structure dates back to the first century before Christ, and is the one of the biggest cistern of drinking water ever built in the world of Ancient Rome.

Cisternone Romano di Albano Laziale

The tank fueled the bath of the officier and petty officier and the drinking water system of the Second Parthian Legion, the Imperial Guards of the Emperor Septimius Severus (193 – 211 A.D.), the father of Caracalla.

In the military camp, located where now stands the modern Albano, lived 12,000 people (5,000 soldiers and 7,000 relatives).

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The Ancient Roman Cistern consists of five gigantic underground naves with barrel vault supported by 36 giant pillars. It can contain more than 10,000 cubic meters of water and has been built within a natural bed of peperino, a vulcanic rock that has hydrophobic properties, and the pillars also have been coated with “cocciopesto”, a special waterproof cement that nowadays the modern manufacturing techniques are rediscovering.

You can book a visit throwgh the City Museum. Tel.: (0039) 069325759

Rocca Priora

Rocca Priora is situated on the external border of the area hosting Castelli Romani. The village overlooks on one side via Anagnina which leads to Lariano and on the other side the beautiful valley crossed from the motorway A1 that offers to travelers the view of Monti Prenestini which are the first mounts you can see white in case of snow.
The village still retains a medieval structure perched on the steep hill and look decadent….. but perhaps this is its charm.
Several aristocratic families owned the castle (the Counts of Tusculum, Annibaldi, Colonna, Savelli) up to the family Rospigliosi who held the property until 1870 when Rocca Priora became municipality.

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