Attractions

Monastery in Castelli Romani

Abbazia Greca di San Nilo

Grottaferrata's fortified monastery, the last of the Byzantine-Greek abbeys that once dotted medieval Italy, was founded in 1004. The walls and battlements were added some 400 years later to provide a protective per…
Lake in Castelli Romani

Lago Albano

The largest and most developed of the Castelli's two volcanic lakes – the other is Lago di Nemi – Lago Albano is set in a steeply banked wooded crater. It's a popular hang-out, particularly in spring and summer, whe…
Historic Site in Castelli Romani

Palazzo Chigi

Lording it over the small town of Ariccia, this 17th-century palazzo was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for the Chigi family. Its interior, used by Luchino Visconti as location for Il Gattopardo (1963), is divided…
Ruins in Frascati

Tusculum

The remnants of ancient Tusculum lie littered on a hilltop a few kilometres outside Frascati – you'll need a car to get to the site. The main ruins of this once-imposing 4th-century-BC town – namely a small amphithe…
Village in Castelli Romani

Nemi

The small 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 a favourite holi…
Gardens in Castel Gandolfo

Giardini di Villa Barberini

Since 2014, the papal gardens in Castel Gandolfo have been open to guided visits. The regular one-hour tours involve a mini-train ride through the extensive gardens, taking in Roman ruins, artful flower displays, wo…
Church in Frascati

Cattedrale di San Pietro

Frascati is a long way from Scotland but it's here, in the town's 16th-century cathedral that the heart of Charles Edward Stuart, aka Bonnie Prince Charlie, is buried – the rest of his body is at St Peter's Basilica…
Museum in Castel Gandolfo

Museo del Palazzo Apostolico

Housed in what was until recently the pope's traditional summer residence, the Palazzo Apostolico (also known as the Palazzo Pontificio), this museum displays portraits of around 50 popes as well as costumes, robes …
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…
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…