Dear Roma&più friends, welcome back! How was Easter, and above all how was Easter Monday? Did you try out one of our itineraries in the Province of Rome,or did you stay indoors and eat your way through Easter treats?
If, like us, you were stuck indoors because of the bad weather, then you mustn’t let eight days of art, history, nature and guided tours – all free of charge – pass you by. All are being organized by the Province of Rome to celebrate the Settimana della Cultura (Culture Week) from April, 14 to 22.
With your map of the Province of Rome to hand, you can decide which area to head for on a cultural trip outdoors, but also a weekend of sun and culture; you’re going to be spoilt for choice.
- A packed program of events along the Costiera di Enea(coast of Aeneas) in the place where Aeneas once landed in Lazio having escaped from Troy after marrying Lavinia and founding Lavinium. Ascanio, his son, was the founder of Alba Longa. His successors gave rise to the dynasty from which, after a number of generations, Rea Silvia gave birth to Romulus and Remus and subsequently the Julian people, with Julius Caesar and the first Emperor Augustus. The key location in all this chain of events is the southern coastline of the Province of Rome, which includes the municipalities of Anzio, Ardea, Nettuno and Pomezia.
It is the Municipality of Anziowhich is offering the most cultural opportunities, including exhibitions and experimentations at the Museo Archeologicoand guided tours of the Villa Imperiale; at Ardeathe Raccolta Manzù (Manzù Collection) museum will be taking centre stage, whilst atPomeziait will be the Museo Lavinium. If you opt for this destination, remember also to visit the San Gallo Fort, theAntiquarium Comunale (the Municipal Antiquarium), the Museo dello sbarco alleato(Museum of the Allied Landing) and the Santuario di Nostra Signora delle Graziewhose crypt houses the remains of St. Maria Goretti.
- The area of the Tiber Valleyincludes 20 municipalities, many of which are located along some of the main consular roads, and is crammed with natural attractions such as the Parco della Valle del Treja (the Treja Valley Park) and the Nazzano-Tevere-FarfaandMonte Soratte nature reserves. Not to mention testimonies of past civilizations, such as the archeological park of Vejo, Lucus Feroniaeand Villa dei Volusii.Last but not least, the Sabinais one of the most important oil producing areas in the Province of Rome.
To follow are the main events being held at Rignano Flaminio,Campagnano,Castelnuovo di Porto,Formello,Fiano Romanoand Mazzano Romanano; eight days of events to help you rediscover, or acquaint yourself for the very first time with this stunning and varied part of the Province of Rome.
- Lose yourself amidst glimpses of dizzying heights and natural caves that whisper of legends, and discover the romantic encounter between majestic landscapes and peaceful paths whilst walking in the dense undergrowth of Villa Gregoriana at Tivoli.All this and more awaits those that visit the area of the Aniene River Valley.
A vast area in which constructions of outstanding archeological value were built, such as the Villas of Hadrian at Tivoli, ofOrazio at Licenza, ofNero at Subiaco, and ofTrajan at the Plateaus of Arcinazzo; traces of the landscape of the ancient peoples of Equi; and the great Christian monasteries, such as the Benedictine monastery of Subiaco. Combined with the stunning environmental heritage of the Lucretili and Simbruini mountain chains and their regional parks, and the ski slopes of Monte Livata, together they make this region one of the most appealing in all the province.
- In the Valle degli Etruschi (Valley of the Etruscans),Tuscia Romanacorresponds with the area that lies north-west of Rome going from the north coast as far as Lake Bracciano. In antiquity, it included the great cities of Cerveteri and Veio with the Via Caeretana, which later became the Via Aurelia, not to mention the Via Veientana, Via Cassia and Via Claudia.
Today, this area is full of sites of touristic, cultural, archeological and environmental interest, as well as major infrastructures such as Fiumicino Airport and the port of Civitavecchia. You will find wonderful free guided tours organized in the municipalities of Fiumicino, Cerveteri,Ladispoliand Civitavecchia.
- We close with the vast program of events being staged amidst the Colli and Castelli Romani (Castles and Hills of Rome): from the Frascati Filosofia award to the Concerts and tours of Locanda Martorelliin Ariccia, the staged readings at Albano, archeological digs at Colleferroand the manuscripts kept in the San Nilo abbey of Grottaferrata.
Don’t forget that the entire Colli e Castelli area is an important farming zone, with particularly fine wine products. The name refers to the fortifications constructed by a number of Roman feudal families, such as the Savelli, Annibaldi, Orsini and Colonna families. The Tuscolane villas at Frascatishould not be missed, and include Villa Aldobrandini,Villa Falconieri, Villa Torloniaand Villa Tuscolana,along with the Cathedral of San Pietroand the fraschette(eateries) of Ariccia where you can drink romanella (sparkling wine) and taste the renowned porchetta (roast pork).
So what do you think? Have we tempted you to discover new places and new things? Now that you have decided on the destination or itinerary, if you want to spend a night or two away from home we suggest you take a look at Roma&più’s long, hand-picked list of holiday farms .