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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
lake bracciano
 Lake Bracciano, Panorama   A half hour drive from Rome, you will reach the beautiful Lake Bracciano and feel like you are in another world. Largely considered to be one of Italy’s most important lakes, Bracciano is also the second largest in the Lazio region after Bolsena. And it’s not just tourists who flock to Bracciano, but Romans as well. The locals are often looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and Bracciano, with its natural beauty and ban on power
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
tours around rome
Alternative Itineraries to Enjoy in the Towns Outside the Eternal City    Tours near Rome: Bracciano   When people think of travelling to Italy one of the first places they think of visiting is Rome, and while the Eternal City should definitely be experienced once or twice, the country has so many other beautiful spots to choose from. If you want to experience the real Italian way of living, if you wish to immerse yourself in a genuine Italian countryside, if you
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
abruzzo national park
  Pescasseroli, the headquarters of the Abruzzo National Park Ph. Luigi Alesi on flickr (   The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise is one of the largest and most important parks in Italy. Founded in 1923, the park is often known as the National Park of Abruzzo, mostly because most of the land is part of the Abruzzo region. The headquarters of the park is located in Pescasseroli, in the L'Aquila province.   The park is the oldest in
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
ostia antica julius II castle
Julius II Castle in Ostia - The Tower   The castle of Julius II is located in Ostia Antica, close to Rome. The castle is located in Piazza della Rocca which is an elegant small square. The town itself is quite small but is known for its well preserved ruins and its architectural marvels.   History of the Castle The Castle of Ostia was originally built to defend the territory. It was built in a triangular shape with the base facing towards the sea. In the
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
  Casperia   Casperia is a small town located in the Lazio region of Italy in the province of Rieti. Although it is a commune and a town, it can be best described as a village. Casperia is located close to Rome and Rieti. The town has managed to retain its medieval architecture and has a laid back lifestyle which is rare to see in Italy in recent times. There are old cobblestoned streets and century old small houses that dot the lanes of the town. Casperia is spread over an
Monday, January 9th, 2017
Roman Amphitheatre in Sutri   Sutri is a small town located in the region of Lazio in Italy. Sutri is located in the province of Viterbo and is located close to Rome and Viterbo. The town is located on a narrow tuff rock and is located on the famous Via Cassia road. The history of Sutri goes back to the Etruscan times when it was conquered due to its strategic location. Sutri was later handed over to the Romans; many Roman ruins still exist in the city today.   Sutri is
Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
castelli romani
Castel Gandolfo, in the Castelli Romani area. Ph. Guido Sansoni on flickr (   Millions of people every year travel to the Eternal City to drink in her history, art and culture, but right outside the city lies a series of small towns that are equally worthy of exploration. These towns, only about 10 miles outside of the city, cultivate a unique atmosphere with their marvelous food, wine and rural traditions. This magical place is called the Roman Castles (Castelli Romani),
Friday, September 30th, 2016
jewish rome
Though Jews first came to Rome from Jerusalem in 161 BC, many people are not aware of their enduring history in Italy. They arrived during Chanukah, asking the Romans for protection from the Syrian king Antiochus, and have been an integral part of Roman society ever since. They are neither Ashkenazim nor Sephardim:  in fact they are as Roman as all others who live here.   The Great Synagogue in Rome (Raffaele Talarico/Flickr)   Tours through Jewish Rome have been
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
tivoli bath
Tivoli - Aerial View   In ancient times, Tivoli had been known as Tibur. This charming town is located in the region of Lazio around 30 km from the city of Rome.   Tivoli hosts two of the most famous villas you can find in all Lazio: Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana. Both locations are part of the UNESCO World Heritage list and a popular tourist destination.   The town is located close to the Aniene River which flows down from the Sabine Hills in the region. The climate
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
Leonessa, Lazio   Leonessa is a town located in the Lazio region of Italy in the province of Rieti. The town is located in a plain at the foot of Mount Terminillo. Leonessa is spread over an area of 205 sq km and has a population of close to 2500.   Mount Terminillo is one of the highest mountains in the Apennine range and during winters Leonessa becomes a famous place for skiing. During summers, there are quite a lot of people who come down to Leonessa from Rome to enjoy a
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Roofs in Bolsena. Ph. ka jo on flickr (   Bolsena: Town of the Hydrangeas During the last weekend of June the splendid town of Bolsena is immersed in the perfume and multitude of colors of some of the most unique and rarest species of hydrangeas which originated in the Far East and was introduced in Europe during the VIII century. You can see and admire all the varieties of this flower, which will transform Bolsena in a colored and wonderful garden with shades
Monday, August 22nd, 2016
infiorata bolsena
  Infiorata, Bolsena   Infiorata Bolsena 2010.  The 'infiorata' is a homage to the miracle that took place in Bolsena, known all over the world as the 'Miracle of Bolsena'. In 1263 a Bohemian priest, traveling to Rome to resolve his doubts over the doctrine of transubstantiation, celebrated mass in the town: the communion host turned to literal flesh at the consecration and drops of human blood spilled onto the altar cloth. He tried to hide what had happened but stains
Friday, August 19th, 2016
The Lake of Bolsena from afar   For those who want a relaxing stay, to have fun and want to learn something on the culture, Bolsena is the ideal place. In Bolsena you can spend a relaxing and fun holiday, and at the same time you can discover the history and the ancient traditions of this medieval village. In this uncontaminated place, where time seems to have stopped, the tourist is welcomed with its warmth and beauties. Each day can be different from the last one; you can
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
lake bolsena
Capodimonte by Lake Bolsena Ph. depositphotos/clodio   Lake Bolsena is sometimes called Italy's belly button from its shape and location in the middle of the peninsula. It is located about 100 km north of Rome and is surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of Northern Lazio, sometimes called Tuscia, and has borders close to Umbria and Tuscany as well . Nearby there are many towns you can visit on a day tour: Viterbo (Lazio) , Montesiascone (Lazio), Bolsena (Lazio), Orvieto (
Friday, July 1st, 2016
castello theodoli
  Theodoli Sambuci Castle - View Photo courtesy of     About forty-five minutes from Rome is the small town of Sambuci, a quaint center that owes its origins to the Benedictine monks who founded many of the area’s settlements. One of the main attractions in charming Sambuci is Castello Theodoli. From the 1200s to the 1600s the castle underwent various transformations depending on its use at the time. Used as both a defensive fortress and a home, the
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
castello savelli torlonia
Castello Savelli Torlonia is situated at the highest point in the town of Palombara Sabina in the province of Rome, and beautiful views of the Prenestini Mountains and Monte Soratte can be seen from its high position. The town was connected in ancient days to Via Tiburtina, Via Salaria and Rome. Today, the castle is owned by the Palambara Sabina municipality and holds of a total of 132 rooms. The castle is spread over an area of 10,000 sq meters.   The town of Palombara runs a museum and
Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Arpino. Ph. Gerry Scapaticci on flickr (   Arpino is a small commune and town located in the province of Frosinone in central Italy. The town is spread over an area of 56 sq km and has a population of approximately 7600. Aprino is located 46 km from the city of Frosinone, which is the capital of the province. Aprino is basically a hill town, located at an altitude of 450 meters above the sea level.   The history of Arpino goes back to 7th century BC
Friday, March 11th, 2016
   Nearly 500 years of myth and history have done nothing to dull the magic and mystery of the glorious Villa d'Este in Tivoli, the famed Tivoli water-and-wind garden, a haven for princes and lovers of the humanities, and arguably one of the most beautiful villa in all of Italy.   Villa d'Este in Tivoli, Lazio Ph. flickr/Lorenzo Ferrara   And that is saying much, considering the breathtaking beauty and lush design of wonderful, sprawling Italian villa gardens.
Thursday, March 10th, 2016
villa adriana
Tivoli - View of Villa Adriana   Villa Adriana is a unique complex of beautiful buildings, constructed in the 2nd century A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian, as a getaway from his palace on the Palatine Hill in Rome. The villa brings together the best architectural elements from diverse ancient cultures such as Rome, Greece and Egypt. The complex was built as Hadrian's version of the perfect city.   The Villa is open to visitors
Monday, February 29th, 2016
ville tuscolane castelli romani
  Villa Aldobrandini - (Frascati)   Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati. Photo R Clemens at the English Language Wikipedia   Once called "Villa Belvedere", Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati is one of the most magnificent Villas of the Castelli Romani area.   Located beneath the Tusculum mountain, right outside the town's dwellings, the villa has one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the countryside and Rome. Surrounded by a gorgeous park with secular
Thursday, February 25th, 2016
ninfa gardens
A short journey from hectic Rome to Ninfa will reward the traveler with what the New York Times defined as “the most beautiful garden in the world”. The garden was also voted the most beautiful garden of Italy in 2015.    Ninfa’s gardens are located on the ruins of the old city of Ninfa, at the bottom of the Lepini mounts, situated at the junction of the cities of Sermoneta, Norma and Cisterna di Latina.   Ninfa History: Ninfa Gardens, Ph. Gian Luigi Perrella on flickr (
Monday, February 1st, 2016
villa grazioli castelli romani
VILLA BORGHESE - (Frascati)   Villa Borghese is a very modest villa, compared to the others. It belonged to cardinal Ferdinando Taverna who sold it, in 1614, to cardinal Scipione Borghese. In 1869, the surrounding area containing, the gardens and the building was owned by Saverio Parisi while the rest was absorbed by villa Mondragone, owned, at the time, by the Jesuits Priests.   The final layout was completed by cardinal Scipione Borghese who could count on his uncle,
Monday, February 1st, 2016
villa castelli romani
VILLA FALCONIERI - (Frascati)   Also known as the 'Rufina', Villa Falconieri is the most ancient of the villas built in Frascati. It is believed that it was built on a pre-existing Roman villa remains, owned by the roman consul Gabinio and the Cusini and Quintili families. The construction was began by Alessandro Ruffini, bishop of Melfi (town in the Basilicata Region), between 1548 and 1574, and was finished by bishop Alessandro Farnese, who later became Pope Paul III, that
Sunday, January 31st, 2016
villa rufinella castelli romani
VILLA TUSCOLANA  -  (Frascati)   Villa Rufinella, Castelli Romani. Ph. R Clemens on wikimedia   Villa Tuscolana is also known as 'Villa Rufinella', named after cardinal Ruffini, who created the estate, in 1587. Going through many owners, the villa changed its looks, becoming in 1773 an estate belonging to the 'Camera Apostolica', an equivalent, at the times, of the Vatican Bank. The way it looks today is due to architect Luigi Vanvitelli, who was commissioned, for
Friday, January 15th, 2016
villa d'este tivoli
Tivoli - Villa d'Este     Stepping onto the grounds of the Villa d'Este in Tivoli is like taking a trip back in time. The gorgeous complex, totally reimagined under the ownership of Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este in the 16th century, is a testament to the ingenuity and beauty that were hallmarks of the Renaissance period.      History of the Villa d'Este Ippolito II, the grandson of Pope Alexander VI and the son of the infamous Lucrezia Borgia,
Sunday, January 10th, 2016
lakes of castelli romani
Living in the Castelli Romani area, you have to take notice of two beautiful lakes. Lago di Nemi and Lago di Albano, also known as Lago di Castelgandolfo, with their respective towns: Nemi, Albano and Castelgandolfo. The lakes are actually two craters belonging to a bigger one.   Lago di Nemi The smallest and prettiest one is Lago di Nemi, or 'Lacus Nemorensis'. 'Nemus', is the Latin word meaning 'sacred grove'. The Lake of Nemi is located south-east of Rome, easy to reach by Via
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
montecassino abbey
Abbey of Montecassino. Ph. Tilly Sfortunato on flickr   It is really a delight to visit the Abbey of Montecassino to admire its beautiful architectural splendor and remember its history. The Abbey was founded by St. Benedict and built over the site of the pagan temple of Apollo, where the sculpture of Apollo was destroyed along with the altar. Due to its significant location, this place has always been a target of military attacks throughout history, the most gruesome of all
Thursday, October 8th, 2015
civita di bagnoregio, the dying town
Civita di Bagnoregio, the dying town Ph.   If you observe it from a distance as it clings to the edge of the precipice which seems to be attacking it from all sides, the village of Civita di Bagnoregio seems like a ghost town, something that could exist only in the mind of a visionary or in a dream remembered.   Especially on certain misty mornings that little group of houses seems to float surrounded by a fog of unreality. Civita, like an island in
Thursday, September 24th, 2015
With 119,804 inhabitants, Latina is one of the youngest cities in Italy, pretty much built from scratch in 1936 during the Fascist era. Differently from other towns, Latina doesn't really have any ancient historical elements, and all the buildings seem to be square and to follow the classic/futuristic style that Mussolini wanted in the modern cities: functionality, large spaces and truly organized dwellings.    Latina is located in the middle of what were once swamps and wetlands, drained by
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
  Viterbo is a city located in the Lazio region in Italy. It is situated close to Rome in a hilly landscape. The ancient quarter of the city is very well restored and quite a lot of interesting buildings and churches are located here; the entrance to the old quarter of the city is through ancient gates that were built centuries ago. The economy of Viterbo is mainly based on agriculture, however, marble, wood and pottery are also made here. Viterbo is also famous for its Fine
Monday, July 27th, 2015
Ponza, Lazio   Ponza is one of the largest islands located in the Tyrrhenian sea, 33 kms off the South coast of Cape Circeo. This archipelago in the Latina province has an area of 7.5 sq. km, with around 3500 inhabitants residing on its largest island, Ponza. Because of the large number of tourists visiting the area every year, population rises notably during the summer holiday season.   The island was inhabited since the Neolithic era, but got its name during the Roman
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Panorama of San Donato Val di Comino, Frosinone Ph. wikicommons/Samuele Tocci     San Donato Val di Comino is a commune and town located in the Lazio region of Italy in the province of Frosinone. The town is located close to Rome and Frosinone. San Donato Val di Comino is spread out over an area of 35 sq km and has a population of close to 2167.   According to scholars, the history of San Donato Val Di Comino dates back to the Romans and the region had been dominated
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
castles lazio
  The region of Lazio is rich in castles, and contrary to what people may think, they are not all in Rome.  Thruogh the region, wonderful buildings await to be discovered: here are some of the best.      Castles by the sea     Castello di Santa Severa   Located at less than one hour from Rome, the hamlet of Santa Severa hosts a Norman castle built in the 11th century. The castle was probably erected on another building, as its height seems to suggest, and the current architecture is the result
Friday, August 1st, 2014
  Panoramic view of Tuscania. Ph. Alessio Rossini on flickr   Tuscania is located in the Lazio region of Italy in the province of Viterbo. The town is spread over an area of 208 sq km and has a population of 8100. There are several legends that are debated upon on how Tuscania had been founded. According to one legend the town had first been founded by Ascanius where he had found twelve pups. Evidences suggest that Tuscania had first been inhabited
Monday, February 18th, 2013
The most famous museums in Rome Italy has more than 3000 museums on its territory . From major art galleries, to smaller, local museums focusing on the history of the area such as agricultural museums, maritime museums and town history museums, all can be found in Italy. Due to such a vast amount, it is impossible to list all of them; however, we can say that Rome hosts some of the most famous. Here is a shortlist of those you should definitely not miss if you happen to be in the Eternal City
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Castello Papi della Magliana - Entrance - Photo courtesy of   In the past, when popes wanted to escape the stifling summer heat in Rome, one of their preferred destinations was Castello della Magliana. Located near the Tiber in the old Magliano area outside Rome, the castle is first found in written history when mentioned in an 11th century document as being in the possession of the Santa Cecilia Monastery in Trastevere. The castle's hey day was during the reign of Pope
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ladispoli, aerial view of the Tyrrenian coast and the Palo-Odescalchi Castle (1500AD ) The Castle of Palo or the Castello di Palo is a medieval fort located in Palo in the Ladispoli municipality. The castle is today owned by the Odescalchi family. The castle stands overlooking the sea where in the ancient time the Etruscan town Alsuim had once stood. The castle had originally been built for defense and the manor is the only structure which is fortified along with the Flavia tower which had
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Artist's Dream Comes True in Italy   Casapecchi Niki de St.Phalle   Having been an artist myself for a long time, I can well imagine how it may be like to be given more than an hectare of land by a friend, free of any charge but that of making your biggest artistic dream come true. This is what happened to Niki de St.Phalle, a French artist born in 1930 and just recently passing away in 2002.   Her biggest dream now is a reality on a sweet hill facing the sea near
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lazio   Lazio, also referred to Latium, is one of 20 regions in Italy. It encompasses the provinces of Frosinone, Latina, Rieti, Roma, and Viterbo. Lazio was once home to the Etruscan and Latin peoples which eventually evolved into the Romans. Lazio was part of the Papal States, the territory held by the Vatican until the 1860's. The capital of the Lazio region is Rome which is also the capital of the Italian republic. Rome did not join the united Italy until 1870.    
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Trisulti church, near Collepardo Collepardo is a small commune and town located in the Lazzio region in Italy in the province of Frosinone. The town is located close to Rome and Frosinone. The area of Collepardo is 25 sq. km and the population is close to 950. Collepardo is not really a tourist destination; however, several people who visit Rome and Frosinone come to Collepardo as a day excursion. The economy of the town is based on agriculture and production of olive oil. The locals in town
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Caetani Castle in Sermoneta The Caetani Castle of Sermoneta Italy was built for the Annibaldi family in the early 13th Century. Designed as a military fortress, the castle served at the time as a bastion of strategic importance between Naples and Rome, though it also served as a noble house in its earliest years. The castle's outer walls are as thick as 3 meters in places and the entire structure is embedded in solid rock. Dominating the center of Sermoneta, the castle is quite large and well
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Baronial Castle or Castello Baronale, Fondi Plain between Terracina and Fondi - Photo courtesy of MM/WikimediaThe Baronial castle in the town of Fondi in Lazio is quite a typical military structure from its era. The castle has round towers which stand up to a height of more than 30 meters and has become an important landmark of the town ever since it was built in the 14th century over a stretch of old Roman walls by Onorato I Caetani. During the 16th century the castle was the seat of the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Its hard not find cheese, on an Italian table, actually... its quite impossible! Canestrato cheeseThe typical cheese, in the Castelli Romani area, are: the 'Roman Pecorino', 'Roman Caciotta', 'Ricotta Romana' and the 'Canestrato'. All these cheeses, are made, totally or partially, from sheep's milk. Sheep, in Italian, is 'pecora'. From here the name 'pecorino'. The roman pecorino, its one of the most ancient cheese made, very famous and highly appreciated, in Italy and throughout the world.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Rocca Pia: The Pride of Tivoli Castle of Rocca Pia in the hilltop town of TivoliRocca Pia is an ancient castle located in the historic city of Tivoli. The castle replaced the earlier Callisto II Borgia and derives its name from Pio II Piccolomini, the Humanist Pope who had ordered that the castle be built in Tivoli. Niccolo and Varrone were the two architects entrusted with the construction of the castle. The castle took one year to build and its main purpose was to control the city and to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lazio on the Italian Map The region of Lazio is located in central Italy. The region is also known as Latium and the world famous city of Rome is located in the center of Lazio. Apart from Rome too there are plenty of other good places to visit in the region. There are several fascinating landscapes, good countryside, hills, several lakes, cities and a coastline that is lined with many good beaches. The are several good fishing villages and excellent restaurants in the region. The economy of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Nerola - Castello Orsini, Avezzano Earthquake, 1915 - Photo courtesy of Tabularius/Wikimedia   We've all read fairytales where the castle in the story played almost as big a role as the characters themselves. Who hasn't dreamt of being the princess sleeping in a castle's fluffy bed or a prince storming the walls to save his beloved? As you grow older you begin to wonder if such fanciful places even exist. Well, they do, and one of these castles is situated only a few kilometers from Rome,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Palombara Sabina - Aerial View - Photo courtesy of Cyhawk/Wikimedia The Borgo Castello di Castiglione or the castle town of Castiglione is located one km away from the town of Palombara Sabina. The castle is quite magnificent and is known to be one of the best examples of medieval structure. The building of the castle itself dates back to the later half of the 13th century and stands dominating the entire territory due to its location at a high altitude. The construction of the castle was
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Campodimele Campodimele is located in the Lazio region of Italy in the province of Latina. The town is located on a steep hill between two mountain ranges, Aurunci and Aussoni. Campodimele is quite a small town; it is spread over an area of 38 sq km and has a population of only 673. The economy of the town is based mainly on agriculture. It is believed that the town was first inhabited since the Roman times, after which it was acquired by the Duchy of Gaeta. Alberto Moravia, the writer, had
Friday, June 1st, 2012
 Rome is one of the best-known cities in the world and the list of things to see and do here are almost endless. Your first contact with the Eternal City should be walking the streets of the historic center to better acquaint yourself with what Rome has to offer. Strolling among sixteenth and seventeenth century palaces and rich Baroque churches, we come across gathering places such as Campo dei Fiori and Piazza di Spagna, shopping areas such as the streets Via Condotti and Via del
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Lake Vico - Panorama   Legend has it that beautiful Lake Vico was created when Hercules threw his club into the ground and created a hole that was soon filled with water from a nearby stream. Realistically it is much more likely that the lake, which is surrounded by the Cimini Hills and the Fogliano and Venere mountains--was created due to volcanic activity in the area over 100,000 years ago, when a crater was filled with rainwater and water from underground springs. Today, if you are
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lake Nemi - Photo courtesy of Realulim/WikimediaThirty kilometers outside of Rome one can find Lake Nemi and the town that is its namesake. The volcanic lake is most famous for its sunken Roman ships and the archeological exhibits that can be viewed on its banks. The Roman ships excavated from the lake were large and quite technologically advanced. It is said that Emperors Tiberius and Caligula sailed on the lake to show that they were rulers aligned to the stars and the Earth's perpetual life
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Wines of the Roman Castle (Vini dei Castelli  Romani) Bottle and glass of Cannellino wineVisiting the Castelli Romani, you can't absolutely miss the local wine production. If you are wine amateur you will surely enjoy the aromatic taste and the fragrance, if you are a non drinker... a glass won't kill you. Its a local tradition. Just about every rural family has a vineyard which produces wine for its own use, and, if the amount satisfies the households needs, its sold - by the litre - for a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Rocca Abbaziale: The Fortress of Subiaco Abbey of San Benedetto in SubiacoThe Rocca Abbaziale is located in the picturesque town of Subiaco in the province of Rome, in Lazio. It lies twenty-five miles from Tivoli, alongside the river Aniene. The history of the castle is linked to the Benedictine Abbey which was founded in the 15th century by Saint Benedict of Nursia. The fortress itself overlooked the town, at a small distance from the Holy Grotto and the monasteries. History of the Castle
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Tarquinia - Aerial View A short way from Rome one can find Cerveteri, one of the great Etruscan cities in Italy, and Tarquinia, a medieval town that has adopted an Etruscan name. Visitors to these cities can see necropolises dating back to the Etruscan times and learn about fascinating burial practices used before the birth of Christ. These cemeteries are a glimpse into the Etruscan civilization, one of the earliest in the area and one that flourished for over nine centuries.  Visiting the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Remains of Castrum Marcellini -  Photo courtesy of   On the slopes of Monte Gennaro, about forty kilometers from Rome, is the quaint town of Marcellina. In ancient times the charming hilly area was quite important due to its strategic location. Today its main claim to fame are the historic ruins of the Castrum Marcellini, the grand fortresses and defensive walls that once protected the city and its inhabitants.   History of Castrum Marcellini There is no firm evidence
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bracciano - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Mac9/Wikimedia The Orsini Odescalchi Castle is located on the shores of the Bracciano lake, around 20 miles from the city of Rome. Common agreement is that this structure is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, due to its elegant mansion and its elegant but effective military architecture. The rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated with a number of valuable paintings and frescoes. Over the centuries, the castle had been home to several
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Town of Capodimonte, on the shores of Bolsena Lake Bolsena is located in the region of Lazio in Italy in the province of Viterbo. The town is located on the shore of the famous lake Bolsena. Bolsena is located quite close to Viterbo and Montefiascone and the famous Via Cassia passes from the town. Bolsena is quite a small town with an area of 63 sq km and population of just around 4200 but is a resort town and in the summer the population grows to 20,000. The town is located at an altitude of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
 A Tasty, Unusual Sunday in Bracciano   Life, in Italy, is also the commitment to keep old traditions alive in small villages. To me, this is one of the things that make my country so special, a place worth living in and enjoyable.   Buttero: Italian Cowboys in Bracciano   It is a sort of privilege to spend a day like this: a tasty unusual Sunday, walking around this Festival of Rural Arts, Poetry and Crafts which for a weekend enlivened the streets of Bracciano, a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Circeo National Park - Beach   An hour's drive from Rome, on the shores of the Thyrrenian Sea in the southern reaches of the Lazio region, you will find a national park that not only boasts an abundance of natural beauty, but a diverse collection of plant and animal life. In fact, when Cicrceo National Park was established in the 1930s it was done with the idea of protecting the biomes in the area, namely the different plants and animals that co-exist together to make up the rich
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Tolfa - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Pippo-b/Wikimedia   The city of Tolfa, which has a history that dates back to the Bronze Age and is known for its well preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture, is also famous for the nearby Castle of Rota. Situated 195 meters above sea level it can be found off one of the branches of the Via Claudia Braccianese, near the Verginese Migone river. Not far from Rome it is often a place where city dwellers go to escape the stifling heat of summer for
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Rome - Castello di Lunghezza - The Portal - Photo courtesy of The Castello di Lunghezza is a medieval fortification that is located around twenty kilometers from the city of Rome. The castle is located in the province of Rome and according to various historians, it is located at the site of the ancient city of Colliata.   History of the Castle It is not known exactly when the castle had been built but according to scholars, the oldest manor in the location had been
Friday, June 1st, 2012
GROTTAFERRATA ABBEY  -  S. NILO Grottaferrata Abbey The most internationally known is the Grottaferrata Abbey  -  Exarchic Abbey of St. Mary of Grottaferrata  - was founded in the year 1004 by the saints Nilo and Bartholomew, fifty years before the schism between the catholic and the orthodox churches, on the remains of an ancient roman villa which is believed to have belonged to famous roman orator Cicerone. The Abbey is now of  Byzantine rite, under the authority of the Holy See. Abbot
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Vitorchiano Vitorchiano is a town and commune located in the Lazio region of Italy in the province of Viterbo. The town is located close to the cities of Viterbo and Rome. The town is spread over an area of 29 sq km and has a population of approximately 3600. Nestled amongst the Cimini Mountains, Vitorchiano is famous for the typical grey stone that has been used for construction since the Etruscan age. The area around Vitorchiano is hilly landscape with lush woods and rivers. The town has
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Castellaccio dei Monteroni Castellaccio of Monteroni is one of the most important historical monuments of the town of Ladispoli. The castle is actually a fortified farmhouse built during the Middle Ages close to the ancient route of Via Aurelia. The castle is located in the heart of the Monteroni archeological area, which has several large Etruscan mounds. The castle is a very rare example of a fortified farmhouse. Located 35 km from Rome, many tourists from all over the world visit it
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Itri - Upper Town - Photo courtesy of MM/Wikimedia Sant'Andrea fort was built during the first century AD on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa. It is located in the direction of Fondi along the Old Via. In 1798 Fra Diavolo used this fort for the defensive operations against French. Itri is a town and comune in the Latium region and in the Latina Province.    History of the Fortress The St. Andrea Fortress is located on the border between Itri and Fondi, the ancient Via Appia track is
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Rieti Cathedral Rieti is a town located in the Lazio region in central Italy. The center of the town is located on top of a small hill and provides beautiful views of the surrounding areas. The town is quite small with a population of only approximately 50,000. Rieti is located quite close to an important ski center in Mount Terminillo. Since the Roman times the town has been considered to be an important central location. It has hosted various important races like IAAF Grand Prix for years.
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  Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome Ph. depositphotos/GekaSkr   If you are visiting the ancient city of Rome why not stop to see the Castel Sant'Angelo, the mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian? Named for the gorgeous statue of the Archangel Michael on the roof, today the building is the home of the Museo Nazionale de Castel Sant'Angeo. Erected on the shores of the Tiber the structure is located close to the Vatican and was once used as a military fortress.   The Tomb The Castel
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Fiuggi - Panorama Fiuggi is a beautiful town which is located on the south of Rome, from August till November it's the spring season and it is the best season to visit this town. Fiuggi today is a beautiful hill town of Italy, outlined as 2 separate towns. The town known as Fiuggi Citta' is an old medieval town that covers the slopes at 2500 feet above the sea level. Fiuggi Fonte is a 20th-century spa town, you can check the water and admire various attractive facades decorated with fragile
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Orsini Cesi Castle from Afar - Photo courtesy of In the heart of the lush Lucertili Mountains, in the small town of San Polo dei Cavalieri, about 30km from Rome, is the Castello Orsini Cesi Borghese. Centuries ago the castle was built as a strategic defence fortress and today it is a monument to the area's long and rich history. If you are staying in the area or taking a day trip from Rome keep a look out for the castle, which is hard to miss from its perch atop a high
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Nomenutm - The Castle - Entrance - Photo courtesy of MM/Wikimedia During the 10th and 11th century the Castle of Nomentum was under the possession of the Roman family of Crescensi. The Normans destroyed the castle in 1058 and the population reduced significantly. The Capocci family acquired the castle and, later the Holy See entrusted it to the Benedectine monks San Paolo fuori le Mura.   History of the Castle The noble Orsini family used the castle as one if its residences during the 15th
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Albano LakeBesides the articles I wrote on the local wines and pork meat, or 'porchetta', I would not, absolutely miss the local king of the forests: the mushroom. The surrounding hills and wooded area  -  with chestnut trees and oaks  - make the Castelli Romani an ideal spot for mushroom hunting. After a rainy day, in the summer period, they sprout like... like... mushrooms! The smallest one I saw  -  got many friends in the area who go for them like maniacs  -  weights a little less than
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Garden overlooking the lake in Nemi Nemi is a small town located in the province of Rome in Italy. The town is located close to Lake Nemi and is surrounded by the Alban Hills. Nemi is located close to Rome and Velletri and is mainly visited by tourists as a day excursion from Rome. Nemi is actually more like a village since it is extremely small, with an area of just 7 sq km and a population of around 1700. The nearby Nemi Lake has been considered sacred since the ancient Etruscan and Roman
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Castel Massimo over the town of Arsoli Castello Massimo is located in the town of Arsoli, in the province of Rome. The castle rises from the top of a steep rock outcrop, which partly overlooks Arsoli. The castle's other side overlooks a beautiful park and the castle's formal gardens. There is a tree-lined avenue from the castle gate that leads to the town, wandering through the castle gardens then down to the town square. The Castle A large part of the beautiful piano nobile is available for
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Aragonese Angevine Castle: Gaeta's History Gaeta - Angevin-Aragonese Castle Panoramic view - Photo courtesy of Simplex/WikimediaThe imposing structure of the Aragonese Angevine Castle is located in the city of Gaeta. Gaeta is a comune and city located in the province of Latina, in the region of Lazio in central Italy. The city is set on top of a promontory which stretches towards the Gaeta Gulf and is located 120 km from Rome. Gaeta played an important role in Italian military history. Its
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Just outside the chaos of the city, 40 kilometers north-east of Rome, caught between Umbria and Lazio, a jewel of greenery and nature, history, ancient monuments, rural and culinary traditions. It is Sabina, a land that derives its name from the Sabini people, who settled there and founded the city as Reate and Cures Sabini. To be in Sabina is to be viewing the expanse of silvery olive trees, the soft profile of the hills that go up on the horizon. It is like traveling through time, as if
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Nepi, Borgia castle and Farnese fortification - Photo courtesy of GDelhey/Wikimedia The Borgia Castle is located in Nepi which is in the province of Viterbo in the Latium region. Nepi is located 40 km from Viterbo and close to lake that gets its name from the town. The Borgia castle is a reconstruction of an older feudal manor that dates back to the 15th century. The castle has large walls and four towers, out of which one is open to visitors.   History of the Castle The Borgia castle is
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Civitavecchia - Twin Cranes Civitavecchia is a port located in the region of Lazio, used by cruise ships when stopping in Rome. The port is located on the Tyrrhenian Sea and is 80 km from the city of Rome, across the River of Mignone. The harbor of Civitavecchia, "ancient town" in Italian, is formed by two moles along with a breakwater, on which a lighthouse has been built. According to scholars, the town was built on an early Etruscan settlement. The harbor itself was built by the Emperor