This famed area is considered one of the most beautiful spots in Italy and is the bronze-age cradle of the Latin peoples and language who later were to found Rome on the banks of the Tiber river.
Renaissance popes and cardinals dotted these lush landscapes with splendid country palaces and estates and after passing Grottaferrata and Marino where during the October Wine Festival all public fountains spout, instead of water, jets of wine, we descend to picturesque Frascati, a delightful hill-town. Here, taste the famous local white wines produced on the surrounding mineral-rich and fertile volcanic soils which give them a particular component supposedly excellent for nerves.
Visit Cardinal Aldobrandini’s Villa, begun in 1598, a monumental country palace-estate with baroque sculptured gardens and art-work and after an opportunity of pleasantly mingling with the natives of Frascati to enjoy the warm and communicative Italian village way of life, maybe shop for a traditional “Pupazze” ,a woman-shaped symbol of fertility with three breasts. After which head back to Rome by rapid highway.