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.
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.
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 whic, now mature, give the garden its air of timelessness.
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.
Ninfa is an authentic paradise where history, art and nature have reached an equilibrium and a truly unique fusion.
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.
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.
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).
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 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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When you are visiting Rome in summer, why don’t you plan a trip in Castelgandolfo for a visit to the Pope during the Wensday audience? It could be a really nice experience because the courtyard of the papal palace in Castelgandolfo is much smaller than S.Peter square in Rome and you will be much closer to the Pope.
We suggest you this program:
Take the early train in the morning from Roma Termini to Castelgandolfo station, the 40 minutes ride (and only €2,10 per person) is very relaxing. Then with a short walk along the ridge of the beautiful lake Albano reach the town center…..just follow the crowd of pilgrims you can’t be wrong.
For those who cannot or want to walk we can pick you up at Castelgandolfo station.
We will leave you in the town center where you can enjoy an ice cream or a cappuccino in the little main square and also enjoy the facade of the Pope’s palace. In this occasion you can see very closely the swiss guards with their magnificient costumes.
You will have planty of time before the Pope’s audience.
Around 12,30 p.m. we will meet again for a little tour and we can decide together the itinerary.
When you are tired we will leave you at Ciampino station and you will reach Rome in 15 minutes.
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What matters most to you? Safety of freedom? Have you ever thought about that? The story I’m going to tell you might make you discover it.
This is the story of a little parrot, lost on the edge of a very busy road where I found it. The small creature was lying on his back and looked very much under shock and not able to fly or get back in its normal position. I was hurrying to the airport but I couldn’t help to stop my car and take the bird with me.
First of all I tried to make a little house with used newspapers stapled together. Then I put inside THE MAKESHIFT HOUSE my jacket to make it soft.
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The “Infiorata” in Genzano (this year date on 16/17/18 June) is historically linked to the religious celebration of Corpus Christi. The origins of this festival date back to the thirteenth century when, on occasion of the processions, petals were scattered profusely.
In 1625, in the Vatican Basilica, began the tradition of decorating the floor of the church with flowers arranged in a mosaic. This custom spread in many catholic countries. Because of the width and slope of the uphill road which hosts the floral carpet, the one in Genzano is renowned for its beauty and scenography. Throughout the centuries this fest has grown from local folk festival to an international event of art and culture.
The festival, nowadays spread over two weeks, hosts several cultural events: concerts, exhibitions, theatrical performances, handcrafts stands, fashion shows.
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Every year in the first weekend of June Nemi will delight you with the Festival of the Strawberries. This event is not connected to a religious celebration but it celebrate Mother Earth and its gifts.
The inhabitants in Nemi are able to produce everything with strawberries: liquor (the famous “Fragolino di Nemi”), small tartlets with custard and strawberries, salami with strawberries, and pizza with strawberries.
During the Festival Nemi shows itself in its best shape, all the streets of the village are decorated with flowers and the most beautiful arrangment is rewarded with the “Gold Strawberrie” a jewel created by MILU’ the master jeweler of Nemi.
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