Category: The Surroundings of Rome

Ancient Ostia

The excavations of Ostia Antica, the ancient harbor of Rome and one of the best preserved roman towns. Located at the mouth of the River Tiber, just a few miles from Rome, Ostia soon became the main passage to the sea for the Romans and one of the …

Tivoli: Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este

  Tivoli is one of the oldest settlements in Italy. Since the Imperial times the Romans loved it for its mild clime, the thermal waters and the rich vegetation, and last but not least the short distance from Rome. Hadrian’s Villa is the most famous of many rich patrician …

The Etruscan Necropolis: Cerveteri and Tarquinia

Death had a great significance for the Etruscans. After having carefully deposited the deceased and his/her dearest properties in the tomb they made it inaccessible and even invisible from the outside. The idea was to help the survivor to forget the dead and on the contrary to remind …

The “Castelli Romani” on the Alban Hills

A wonderful panoramic tour starting from the Appian Way, where a few of the famous Christian catacombs can be found, and heading  toward the area of the volcanic crater lakes of Albano and Nemi, the so-called “Castelli Romani”. Along the way many beautiful places to visit :  Grottaferrata with the Abbey of San Nilo, …