THE CASTELLI ROMANI

The Castelli Romani are nine communes or townships southeast of the
city of Rome. Technically, the Castelli Romani are a part of the
Metropolitan City of Rome, despite being tucked away in the beautiful
volcanic hills. The fertile soil courtesy of volcanic activity has provided a
flourishing agriculture since ancient times. The Castelli Romani has
been a reliable source of wine production, and different areas specialize
in other agricultural specificities, from frutti di bosco (fruit of the forest) to
mushrooms.

The Castelli Romani are the towns around the dormant volcano just
south-east of Rome.
Frascati is the crown jewel of the Castelli Romani and most famous for
its Frascati Superiore DOCG wine. On our Classic Half-Day Wine
Tour we visit both the historic center of Frascati as well as one of the last
artisanal family-run wineries in the region.

You may know that the difference in weather, slight but significant from
Rome, makes the Castelli Romani a fantastic place for famous regional
wines. But did you know that since ancient Roman times, nobleman
from Rome frequented the village cities for the summers? Fresher
climates have drawn all sorts of well-off old-time Romans to holiday, a
tradition that has carried into the Vatican. During the Renaissance, a

nephew of Pope Pious IV built villas in Frascati for summer residencies.
Other wealthy Roman families followed by example and to this day,
Frascati still sports the villas of past Roman elite. And popes still take
summer residencies at Castel Gandolfo situated on the Lake Albano.
Today, the Castelli Romani draw international visitors wishing to escape
the bustle and the heat of Rome.

The region containing the Castelli Romani is a sprawl of verdant
landscape and natural beauty. A winding drive from one Castelli Romani
town to another yields a panorama of many kinds of flourishing trees, an
abundance of bushes, and rolling hills that stay green into summer.
Several craters are now filled with water, which make up the lakes of
Albano and Nemi. The earth here remains seismically active– but don’t
get too nervous. It’s speculated that volcanic eruptions won’t occur for a
couple tens of thousands of years. For a while now and a while to come,
visitors can thank the volcanic area being responsible for the agriculture
and the abundance of greenery.

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