ORIGINAL CASTLE

The strange castle that appear on our logo is a part of the fortification of the abbey of St. Nile in Grottaferrata.

And more specifically, a tower, detached from the main body of the abbey flying out into the air.

The effect is spectacular, as indeed the whole fort.

This powerful work has been strongly supported by Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere (Pope Julius II – 1443/1513).

And it was a wise decision given that throughout the XVI century the Alban and Tuscolan hills were the battleground between militias of the Colonna family and those of the papacy.

Work on the fortification of the abbey lasted almost 10 years.

You can visit free every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in Summer and at 4:00 p.m. in Winter.