Castelli Romani

The Castelli Romani ("Castles of Rome") refers to a group of wine-producing hill-towns. They are located at short distance south-east of Rome, at the feet of the Colli Albani ("Alban Hills"). The area of the Castelli sits at an ancient, fertile volcanic area which has allowed since ancient times a flourishing agriculture. The beautiful Lake Nemi and Lake Albano of the area are among the most attractive natural features of Lazio. Starting from the Roman times, the Castelli was an area frequented by the noblemen of Rome for its fresher climate during summer. This tradition was followed by the Popes, who still have their summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, on the Lake Albano. The Castelli Romani includes the following towns: Albano Laziale, Ariccia, Castel Gandolfo, Ciampino, Colonna, Frascati, Genzano di Roma, Grottaferrata, Lanuvio, Lariano, Marino, Monte Compatri, Monte Porzio Catone, Nemi, Rocca di Papa, Rocca Priora, Velletri. There are many attractions in each of these beautiful towns, such as Villa Aldobrandini at Frascati and the Pope's summer residence Palazzo Apostolico di Castel Gandolfo.One of the Castelli Romani, historic hill towns to the South East of Rome, Frascati is a small relaxed town perfect for a getaway from the metropolis of Rome. World famous for its white wine, Frascati has a slower pace of life, cleaner air, and a far more relaxed feel than the nearby capital. In 1943, Frascatimwas heavily bombed by American B17s. Around half of its buildings were destroyed by a total of 1300 bombs. Many people died in that air strike and in a second air strike in January, 1944, the day of the battle of Anzio. The city was liberated from German occupation in 1944. Frascati is famous for its villas, in particular Villa Aldobrandini, which dominates the town. These villas were built in the 16th Century by the Roman aristocracy as status symbols and for social activities. Most have been restored since being damaged in World War II.

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