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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most people know Frascati for the good wine, but probably you never heard about the biscuit shaped as a woman with three breasts, colled “la Pupazza Frascatana” which is as much famous.
It is prepared only with flour and honey and to enjoy it you need to wait until it has draw some humidity from the environment because just prepared is too hard to eat.
The story is very fanny. In the past times, when the women were engaged in harvesting, they left their babies to the wet nurses, and there was one of them very very good even with the most capricious babies. For this reason she was very appreciated and the mothers were in competition to obtain her services.
However, after sometimes, an incredible discovery was made: she had three breasts, two with milk and the third, fake, with good Frascati wine. And that was the secret of her success.
Once I was telling this story to a group of Canadian people during a tour, and one of them said: “That’s what every mother should need sometimes.”
Only Irish people could persuade me to go on tour in a steady drizzle, with the landscape suffering from a very low visibility. Despite all that rain Rocca di Papa was still a charming little town. And the legends of Nemi were not the least tarnished by the rain.
On the contrary the mist on the lake and this gloomy atmosphere made these ancient stories more engaging. The rain has not the least penalized the crispness of fresh-made pizza in Castel Gandolfo, eaten in the car on the way to Rocca di Papa.
And last but not least Irish people are really fantastic. Certainly rain is staple food for them.