|PICKUP/RETURN LOCATION||Rome Hotel or any other place of your convenience|
For this Frascati tour, our English-speaking tour driver will welcome you at your hotel or any other place of your convenience.
Strong towers and imposing walls will not be seen driving along the leading to the famous area of Lazio region.
You will not see castles, but a series of small villages scattered on a territory of volcanic origin, called Roman castles only in recent times. Small towns are sometimes separated one from the other by woods of chestnut trees or by rich and untouched vegetation.
Sometimes, they are linked one to the other by a continuity of buildings, or yet, other times they are isolated on the top of the ancient extinguished volcano. This area sought some of the most important constructions: the popes’ villas and the rich noble families’ palaces were easy to spot, back then. Hence the name, the Roman Castles
With a leap into a remote past, back to the Middle Ages, we can imagine finding castles and strongholds of the most important families. They had set them in strategic places, like pawns on a chessboard, to control all southern Lazio and communications with the reign of Naples.
The authentic Roman castles were then, the same villages that rose around those castles, which through the centuries became independent. The name reminds us no longer of existing castles, but of symbols of power of families in continuous struggles to get control of the area.
Frascati is, the most famous town of the Roman castles, name probably derives from the freshness of its waters, or according to other scholars, from the frascata, a special right to collect firewood or from the frasche (branches) which were used in the Middle Ages as a mean to cover houses.
The Roman castle hill towns of ancient and medieval origin are celebrated for their lush green scenery, volcanic lakes, authentic cuisine, and local white wines.
In medieval times, the towns became the battlefield of various powerful land-owning families. Many of these families also controlled the fortunes of Rome and the papacy during this era.
The town of Castel Gandolfo became the property of the popes. At the end of the 16th and early 17th centuries, aristocratic Romans began to build luxurious villas in and around the Castelli Romani Hill towns, just as the ancients had done. The popes decided that they too should have a country villa in the Roman hill towns, and the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo is the result.
Your English-speaking tour driver will be happy to suggest some great local restaurants in the area for lunch and upon request, schedule a visit in a local winery, because this area is world famous for the amazing food. More importantly, for the great wine production.
At the end of the tour, your tour driver will drop you off at your hotel or other area of your convenience in Rome or surrounding area.
This tour length is approximately 7 hours in total and is conducted by an English-speaking tour driver that will not enter sites but drive you around and show you places, pointing out things while explaining what they are, as well as stopping at the places that require a visit and helping you access them.
Your private tour driver will pick you up from your hotel at a time of your convenience. You will enjoy a private tour of the Roman Castles area. Visit Frascati and beautiful Castel Gandolfo.