Visiting the town of Frascati
The Castelli Romani Tour started with a convenient car pick up in Rome and a 45 min ride through the south part of the city. Climbing up into the Castelli Romani area we reached the town of Frascati. We began by taking a car ride through the small narrow cobble stone streets to have a sense of the place. We then stopped at the San Pietro cathedral of Frascati to visit a little bit. And then we pulled over by a sightseeing spot overlooking the panorama and the surrounding areas.
We took a nice walk through the gardens and courtyard of Villa Aldobrandini observing all the beauty and enjoying the silence you have up there. With a great view over the town and countryside. Fascinating fountains and of particular interest the geranium flower plants found all around the Villa. On our way out we stopped by the Bacco rock statue for a quick visit and picture.
The San Nilo Abbey in Grottaferrata
The car driven photo tour continued on to our next stop which was the astounding San Nilo Abbey in Grottaferrata. A Greek Orthodox church built in 1004. With great Byzantine mosaics and a series of renown frescoes. After a nice stroll around we took the car to the Tusculum Park for a visit of the roman amphitheater and the ruins that are being currently excavated. Unfortunately the park was closed so we were only able to see it from the outside. The stroll through the countryside was nonetheless worthwhile with some really beautiful views.
The Nemi lake and the Museum of Roman ships
Before stopping for lunch we went to visit the museum of roman ships found on the shore banks of lake Nemi. An interesting visit even though the real roman ships where not visible as they went lost in a fire back in the 1940s. Our break for lunch was at a characteristic off the beaten track small restaurant overlooking the lake from above.
Time of the year: August
Time of day: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Duration: 7 hrs by car
> Villa Aldobrandini
> San Nilo Abbey in Grottaferrata
> Tusculum park
> Roman ship museum at lake Nemi
> Lunch in the town of Nemi
> Town visit
> Castel Gandolfo
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