The territory in the province of Rome is rich in art and incredible natural beauty. The charm and the wealth in art and ancient ruins of Rome is well known all over the world, but we should remember that there are many small comunities in Italy, which still perserve their antique customs and whose charm lies in their inhabitants, their culture and traditions.
Remains of the antique Etruscan civilization, marvelous patricien residences in the hillsides surounding Rome, cloisters, treasures from all eras, the sea, mountains, forests and lakes – there is something to see to meet everyone’s taste.
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The Roman Hills
A trip to the Roman Hills – Castelli Romani – is always worthwhile. If you are interested in art or nature, or if you only want to relax and enjoy the incredible panoramas and culinary delights of this region, there is something for everyone.
Castelli Romani,the name given in the Middle Ages to the area to the southeast of Rome,.is a region of gently rolling hills, old villages and volcanic lakes, a popular weekend destination for many Romans.
The world’s second biggest necropolis after the pyramides in Egypt. Who were the Etruscans? How did they live?
The Etruscans inhabited the Italian territory long before the foundation of Rome and even helped build the Eternal city. Three, of the seven Roman kings, were Etruscans. But – why did they come to Rome? Why did they leave their own cities? Why did the Etruscans disappear? The answers to these questions can be found in a visit to one of the biggest necropolises in the world.
Ostia Antica is a beautiful tour for children because the extensive ruins provide an excellent introduction to urban life of the early Romans: the theatre, the temples of Mithras, the Roman baths, laundries, restaurants and even the public toilets are still visible.
Ostia, the old Roman harbour city, was founded, according to the legend, by the fourth king of Rome in the 6th century BC. It developed into a busy commercial harbour city during imperial time and even today we can admire rich Roman houses from the 5th and 6th century.
In a one day trip you can visit Subiaco located southeast of Rome in the Simbruini mountains. St. Benedict founded a monastery here in the 6th century and this is the only monastary, of the thirteen in Italy founded by the saint. The monastery is called Santa Scolastica, named after his sister, and is located not far the cave where St. Benedict lived for some years as a hermit just before he organized his first monastic comunity. A second monastery enshrines the cave where he lived as an hermit and is decorated with beautiful medieval frescoes. Among them is an afresco of St. Frances of Assisi painted during his lifetime.
Located in a spectacular natural scenery, the monastery is still active.
Tivoli – Villa d’Este, Hadrian’s Villa
The antique city of Tivoli, 45 minutes east of Rome, with its marvelous villas – Villa d’Este, Hadrian’s Villa and Villa Gregoriana, its: more than 500 fountains, antique architecture all within and a romantic landscape with the great waterfalls of the river Aniene can be visited in a one day trip.
The visit of these three villas leads you through time: from the antique Hadrian’s Villa built by the emperor in the 2nd century, to the beautiful renaissance Villa d’Este, and finally to the 19th century Villa Gregoriana, which attracted the attention of numerous artists during that period.