Attractions

Village in Castelli Romani

Nemi

The town of Nemi is perched high above Lago di Nemi, the smaller of the two volcanic lakes in the Castelli Romani. This area was the centre of a cult to the goddess Diana in ancient times, and favourite holiday spot…
Village in Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo

Continuing southwest brings you to Castel Gandolfo, an impressive, dome-capped hilltop borgo (small village) overlooking Lago di Albano. This is the pope’s summer residence, which, although closed to the public, sti…
Ruins in Frascati

Tusculum

The ruins of ancient Tusculum lie littered on a hilltop a few kilometres out of Frascati – you'll need a car to get to the site. There's a small archaeological area enclosing a small amphitheatre and a crumbling vil…
Church in Castelli Romani

Monastero Esarchico di Santa Maria di Grottaferrata

Better known as the Abbazia Greca di San Nilo, this fortified monastery was founded in 1004. The walls and battlements were added some 400 years later to provide a protective perimeter to the Chiesa di Santa Maria …
Museum in Castel Gandolfo

Museo del Palazzo Apostolico

Housed in the pope's traditional summer residence, the Palazzo Apostolico (also known as the Palazzo Pontificio), this recently opened museum displays portraits of around 50 popes as well as costumes, robes and asso…
Museum in Frascati

Scuderie Aldobrandini

The former stables of Villa Aldobrandini, restored by architect Massimiliano Fuksas, house Frascati's single museum of note, the Museo Tuscolano. Dedicated to local history, its collection includes ancient Roman art…
Palace in Castelli Romani

Palazzo Chigi

The 17th-century Palazzo Chigi was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for the Chigi family. Luchino Visconti filmed interior shots for Il Gattopardo (1963) here and parts of the palace are open for visits, including, …
Gardens in Castel Gandolfo

Barberini Gardens

Since 2014 the papal gardens in Castel Gandolfo, in front of Piazza Urbano VIII, have been open to guided visits. The two-hour tours, which must be booked online, take in Roman ruins and sweeping views as they navig…
Gardens in Frascati

Villa Aldobrandini Gardens

Looming over Frascati's main square, Villa Aldobrandini is a haughty 16th-century villa designed by Giacomo della Porta and built by Carlo Maderno. It's closed to the public, but you can visit its impressive baroque…
Museum in Castel Gandolfo

Museo delle Navi Romane

This museum on the shores of Lago di Nemi was built by Mussolini to house two Roman boats salvaged from the lake in 1932. These dated from Caligula’s time but were tragically destroyed by fire in 1944 – what you see…