The favorite place of the rich Patrizi
Castelli Romani are embellished with Roman and medieval castles, quaint towns, ancient villages, prestigious villas and archaeological remains which enhance the approximately 9,500-acre regional Park of the Castelli Romani in the Alban Hills located in the ancient centuries and regarded as places of resort of wealthy by the patrician families and now with a rich fauna.
The park is part of sixteen municipalities, some of which are surrounded by ancient walls in perfect condition, churches, palaces, tiny alleys, fortresses, towers and a wine cellar where is possible to taste the fine wines of DOC products.
Via Appia of Castelli Romani
Genzano di Roma is reached via a scenic drive along Via Appia. Its historic center is testimony to the memory of the past with important artistic monuments such as Palazzo Sforza Cesarini of the eighteenth century, surrounded by a beautiful park. The church of Santa Maria della Cima is adorned with a sumptuous altarpiece by Francesco Cozza. Worthy of note are the Capuchin Church of the seventeenth century and the Church of the Holy Trinity.
Ariccia (formerly called Riccia or the Riccia) is enhanced by the Chigi Palace, a structure of architectural and urban planning of the European Baroque with original furnishings, salons adorned with decorations and stucco, antique furniture, portraits of women of the Chigi family, and rare printed leather wallpaper. The center is adorned by the Church of St. Nicholas by Gian Lorenzo and Luigi Bernini.
Albano Laziale and its baroque Cathedral, Pretoria door, the circular Romanesque church of Santa Maria della Rotonda, a Roman amphitheater, the tomb of the Horatii and Curiatii, the third century catacombs of St. Senator and a museum with prehistoric and protohistoric finds. A borough overlooking Lake Albano still has a functioning groundwater storage built by Septimius Severus. At Villa Ferrajoli an important museum with archaeological finds.
Castelgandolfo, better known as the holiday destination of the popes transformed into a Papal palace by Urbano VII with its astronomical observatory known as the “Vatican Observatory”; former it belonged to the Savelli’s family, the church of St. Thomas of Villanova’s Bernini, the Roman door of the sixteenth century and villa Clodius of the Republican era.