The Castelli Romani area comprises 14 municipalities in the Alban Hills, not far from Rome , the largest of which are Rocca di Papa, Rocca Priora, Grottaferrata, Frascati, Ariccia, Nemi, Castel Gandolfo, and two others, Velletri and Lariano, which are considered part of Castelli despite having a different culture and traditions.
The entire area was formed as a result of the collapse of the Lazial Volcano several hundred thousand years ago, which created various secondary outlets that subsequently became lake basins. Some of these have drained, while others now form the Castelli Lakes, a very popular summer location for Romans. Some of these, especially Castel Gandolfo, Lake Nemi and Lake Albano, still form part of a natural environment characterised by green spaces, clean air and abundant wildlife. There are different archaeological objects, villas and fortifications, and different stunning panoramas not to be missed during a hike in these areas. Not to mention the many varieties of excellent food and wine produced here. A short distance from Castelli is Valmontone, a site frequently visited by Romans doing some outlet shopping or taking their children to the amusement park. There is also a lovely medieval town that is well worth a visit.
Sample an excellent red wine from Castelli DPO
Have fun with the entire family at Rainbow Magic Land in Valmontone
Be astounded by the breathaking view of Lake Nemi
Visit the Tuscolan villas of the former Roman aristocracy
Eat a panino with roast pork among the streets of Ariccia
Admire the view of Castel Gandolfo, summer residence of the Pope
Visit Lariano, the home of Lariano bread and porcini mushrooms
See the Infiorata di Genzano annual flower festival
Immerse yourself in the natural environment of the Castelli Romani Regional Park
Eat porchetta, amatriciana and carbonare in the fraschette