The Roman Castles
Experience one of the most popular destinations near Rome renowned for its history, landscape or food and wine, and discover the true beauty and enchantment of the Castelli Romani, their villas and palaces, parks and gardens, good food and relaxation, enlivened by festivals and fairs all year round
Discover the traditions of the 17 authentic villages where Roman civilisation was born as a natural extension of a visit to Rome
Castelgandolfo is one of the 17 villages of the Castelli Romani overlooking Lake Albano and the site of the papal palace, the summer residence of the popes since the 17th century. You can also visit numerous archaeological sites from Roman times including Domitian’s Villa Albana
Tivoli, even though it is not part of the Castelli Romani, is so close that it cannot be excluded from visits to the two Unesco sites: the majestic Villa Adriana and the sumptuous Villa D’Este, which will surprise you with the spectacular water features in its garden.
Ariccia is probably the most famous village of the Castelli Romani thanks to porchetta, the female piglet expertly cooked with rosemary, black pepper and garlic, typical for the crunchiness of its crust. In Ariccia, however, you will also find food for thought: Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s magnificent dome inside the collegiate church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo.
The Fraschette: an unmistakable symbol of Roman conviviality. The fraschette were once taverns where people drank romanella and ate porchetta. Today, in addition to this, you can taste all the typical Roman dishes: carbonara, gricia, amatriciana, cacio e pepe, abbacchio, coratella and pajata
The tour The Roman Castles can be customised to suit your needs