Exploring the Castelli Romani: three awesome towns you should visit

There are a lot of things to do and see in Rome, as we already know. But if you stay more than three or four days, you can consider visiting the area of the Castelli Romani (Roman Castles in English). They are beautiful towns located in the south-east of Rome’s countryside: not so frequented by tourists, they are definitely worth a visit. There you can discover the essence of Roman traditions and gastronomic culture. In particular, we suggest these three little gems.

Castelgandolfo

It’s a relaxing place, overlooking Lake Albano. It’s well known because it used to be the holiday residence of Popes and cardinals. The lakefront is stunning and there are also some nice restaurants and pubs. The Church of San Tommaso da Villanova, the main church of the town, was created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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Ariccia

It’s famous among Romans for its “fraschette”, the typical local restaurants where you can taste the “porchetta”, ham, salami or homemade pasta with local red wine. But Ariccia is also known as an artistic town, thanks to its “Piazza di Corte” (which was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Carlo Fontana) and its bridge, which is massive (and sadly used for suicides).

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Frascati

It’s maybe the most beautiful town of the Castelli Romani. It’s full of bars and restaurants and has a lot to offer for the nightlife. Morover, you can have a stroll trough its amazing small streets and a coffee in the central square: you will discover a really fascinating place.

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If you like discovering new places, you just can’t miss the Castelli Romani!

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Be my Valentine: three romantic spots in Rome

St.Valentine’s Day is almost here and Rome is a very romantic place to declare Eternal love. You have plenty of things to do. But if you are looking for something very special, you just can’t miss these three tips from who knows Rome very well (and fell in love in and with the Eternal City!)

Monte Mario

Monte Mario is the highest hill in Rome north of the Vatican. It’s famous among Romans because at the night you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. There you can also find “il Vialetto degli Innamorati”, that is “The street of the lovers” and Lo Zodiaco restaurant, where you can have meals or  some drinks while reciting love poems.

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Castel Sant’Angelo

Walking hand in hand has never been so exciting: Ponte Sant’Angelo becomes magic during the night. It’s bright, uncrowded and mysterious: Castel Sant’Angelo, with its majesty and amazing beauty is just in front of you. If you want to propose, it’s the right place. Trust us.

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Ponte Milvio

It’s probably the most romantic bridge in the city: Ponte Milvio used to be full of padlocks with love promises written on them. Kiss each other while looking at the fantastic view on the river Tiber: it will be unforgettable. You can spend the rest of the night at one of the bars and restaurants all around the area, which are really nice.

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Photo credit: @turistiperhobby-Instagram

 

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Mark Twain