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The Castelli Romani – Rome

Looking for a quick getaway from Rome? Here is the closest destination that which doesn’t involve getting on high speed trains/airplanes or driving.


The Castelli Romani are collection of towns that have grown up around noble villas from the 1600’s (or castles) who had the foresight to build summer retreats UP IN THE HILLS NEAR ROME. These small villages have now become busy towns but have retained their traditions. A particular custom which is popular in the early evening, after the heat of the day has passed is to order a 1/4 litre of chilled white wine at a local osteria. My favourite is Osteria del Olmo in the town of Frascati, famous for its white wine of international standards. Although they don’t serve food its suggested to bring your own to their tables, set outside in the square where the old oak (hence the name Olmo) used to be…


Another great suggestion for those looking to escape and taste something authentic would be to visit Ariccia. This small town is built on the side of a cliff connected by a wide bridge and although this brings you in the main square, its much more fun to visit the local taverns in Via Borgo San Rocco. Here you find a classic example of “La Fraschetta” with bustling tables, local wine and food and folklore songs.

Castle Gandolfo

For those who are interested in more outdoors/active tours from Rome, there is Castle Gandolfo which was the popes summer retreat. Here you can visit the exclusive gardens of the ex-vatican summer villa, swim in the Alban Lake or walk through the woods that surround the lake. Its an ideal location as its only a 30 minute train ride from Rome and is considered one of Italy’s most scenic towns according to wikipedia with villas available for rent during the summer.

Cycling Holiday from Rome

There are many more towns that make up the Castelli Romani, including the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani. So its definitely worth considering for a day trip from Rome or perhaps as part of a cycling vacation.

Contact us to find out more about the itineraries we offer to discover this magical area, comprising one day rides and overnight stays

About the author

Originally from South Africa, I moved to Italy in 2007 after having finished school in England. My grasp of the Italian language was basic but enough to get to know people. By the end of 2008 I had mastered an intermediate level of italian and would continue to progress onto higher levels. Today my proficiency of the italian language is enough to fool some italians into thinking I'm one of them! Although I never manage to be as charming... My other interests besides Italy, the Italians and the Italian way of life are: Cycling, Languages and Travel. At the moment I am heavily involved with the day-to-day running of The Red Bike Shop and am a keen cyclist, taking part in races and especially Grandfondos (one-off races). My goal for the future is to open a fully functional bike shop in the center of Rome.