Welcome to Castelli Romani
A pretty pocket of verdant hills and volcanic lakes 20km southeast of Rome, the Colli Albani (Alban Hills) and their 13 towns are collectively known as the Castelli Romani. Since early Roman days they've provided a green refuge from the city and still today Romans flock to the area on hot summer weekends.
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Castelli Romani Half-Day Tour from Rome
Start your Rome tour with a hotel pickup, or alternatively, meet your guide in town – near Termini Station. Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach and leave Rome, passing along the ancient Appian Way to see the Baths of Caracalla and the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis from the comfort of your coach.Leave the city and head to the Alban Hills to visit Castelli Romani, a region of pretty hill towns famed for their ancient history and highly regarded wine. First stop is Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the pope. The tranquil little town is built on the shores of Lake Albano, an impressive stretch of water that was formed after two volcanic craters overlapped.Stroll around the lake and the town with your guide and then visit two nearby Castelli Romani towns called Rocca di Papa and Grottaferrata. Both are known for their culture and gastronomic delicacies, both of which your guide will explain as you explore. Hear of porchetta, the succulent and juicy boneless pork joint that’s a regional specialty, and learn about the Basilica Monastery of Santa Maria – an enchanting 15th-century church.Travel to the northern part of the Alban Hills to the village of Frascati – popular for its breathtaking views and production of Frascati wine, a sweet and refreshing white. Stop in a cellar to sample a glass of the local wine, and then enjoy some time at leisure to wander around the village.Meet your guide back at the pre-arranged point and then return to Rome. Your tour finishes with a drop-off near Rome Termini Station, or another central location.
Day Trip Includes Santa Benedetta Winery from Rome
Leave your Rome hotel and head to the hills of Castelli Romani, the Lazio region’s easy-on-the-eye winemaking area. While its name hints at an abundance of Roman castles, Castelli Romani is actually a collection of 13 extremely scenic villages in the Alban Hills, punctuated by volcanic lakes and secluded valleys. Head on to the hamlet of Monte Porzio Catone, and visit Santa Benedetta – the oldest winery in Castelli Romani. On a tour of the rustic estate, hear how it was once a convent, and learn about the winemaking traditions that have been passed down by generations of the Benedetti family. At this secluded little spot, sit down for your wine-tasting session, sampling three important Santa Benedetta wines – complexus, gigi and tre vecchie. Soak up the wine with a plate of local delicacies, including the winery’s extra virgin olive oil, bruschetta (pane di Lariano, an aromatic, crusty white bread), cheeses and cured meats.After relaxing at the estate, enjoying the fine wine, food and great company, your guide will drive you back to your Rome hotel.
Private Tour: Castelli Romani Day Trip from Rome
After a half hour private limousine drive to the outskirts of the city from your Rome hotel, you will undertake a 4 hour guided visit of the farm, vineyards, vegetable gardens and organic produce as grown there. A rich and varied Roman lunch follows, all dishes of course having been home-grown, for example, honey and bread sweets, gnocchi with zucchini cream, silky olive oil and fresh bread, tasty cheeses, roasted free range chicken, in-season fruit and vegetables from the garden, classic Roman dessert and delicious coffee. Roman wine tastings with the vintners of both red and white wine varieties from the estate arrive on your table soon after. After an extended lunch and several tastings, your private limousine driver will whisk you back to your hotel in good time for whatever your evening plans may be. This experience takes place on a sprawling vineyard estate, famous in the region of Lazio for premium quality red and white wines, organic bio foods which promote good health and a healthy lifestyle, and for those of you who love the great outdoors.This is a great experience for kids and families too, what with many activities and play areas for youngsters.