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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 - 4 hours

Castelli Romani Half-Day Tour from Rome: Frascati and Castel Gandolfo

Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome and visit the scenic hilltop towns of Castelli Romani on a half-day tour! Relax on the journey through the idyllic Alban Hills, and enjoy stops at Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo, Rocca di Papa, Grottaferrata and Frascati. Learn about the ancient villages’ history and culture from a guide, and sample a glass of Frascati while learning about Castelli Romani wine production.


  • Half-day trip to Castelli Romani from Rome, led by an expert local guide
  • Admire the scenery of the Alban Hills where the pretty Castelli Romani towns are found
  • Visit Lake Albano and Castelgandolfo, the summer home of the pope
  • Explore the pretty towns of Rocca di Papa and Grottaferrata
  • Sample a glass of Frascati in the town where it's produced

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What You Can Expect

Castelli Romani Half-Day Tour from Rome: Frascati and Castel Gandolfo

Enjoy a glass of wine in Frascati

Start your Rome tour with a hotel pickup, or alternatively, meet your guide in town – near Termini Station. Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach and leave Rome, passing along the ancient Appian Way to see the Baths of Caracalla and the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis from the comfort of your coach.

Leave the city and head to the Alban Hills to visit Castelli Romani, a region of pretty hill towns famed for their ancient history and highly regarded wine. First stop is Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the pope. The tranquil little town is built on the shores of Lake Albano, an impressive stretch of water that was formed after two volcanic craters overlapped.

Stroll around the lake and the town with your guide and then visit two nearby Castelli Romani towns called Rocca di Papa and Grottaferrata. Both are known for their culture and gastronomic delicacies, both of which your guide will explain as you explore. Hear of porchetta, the succulent and juicy boneless pork joint that’s a regional specialty, and learn about the Basilica Monastery of Santa Maria – an enchanting 15th-century church.

Travel to the northern part of the Alban Hills to the village of Frascati – popular for its breathtaking views and production of Frascati wine, a sweet and refreshing white. Stop in a cellar to sample a glass of the local wine, and then enjoy some time at leisure to wander around the village.

Meet your guide back at the pre-arranged point and then return to Rome. Your tour finishes with a drop-off near Rome Termini Station, or another central location.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a great tour out of the city of Rome. Had a relaxing time with a small group. The great Pasta meal was an added bonus!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is trip is not to be missed if you have a few days in Rome.The Tour guide was excellent and the driver went out of his way to show us special views.The fantastic food and Frascati wine was an additional bonus that we weren't aware of when we booked.This trip is amazing value for money- thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

As I had been to Rome before I thought this would be something different to do and get out of the city. So glad I did, seeing a bit of the countryside, having a meal in the lovely town of Frascati and seeing the magnificent views from higher up. Would highly recommend this tour to see a little bit more than just the city of Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I really enjoyed this tour, the roman countryside is a soothing alternative to the city and the food/wine was very good. Don't miss out on this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was excellent value for money the meal was really tasty I would recommend it as did the rest of the family

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a highlight on our trip! Tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Frascati was and the lunch w/ wine was just perfect. We bought two bottles of wine.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

excellent guide - fantastic locations - light meal in frascati with the local frascati wine was a brilliant end to the itinerary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We liked all the tours and this one as well. I think it took a bit more than a half day and there was a lot to see. We did not actually tour a castle. It was a drive buy. We had a lunch provided and wine at a nice resturant. It was not a winery as we thought when signing up. Read the tour offering closely. Everyone was pretty happy on the way back as you could drink all you wanted.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Omg this was a great tour, very scenic and we could not believe the food and wine they served. Restaurant owners where wonderful. Would highly recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was absolutely fabulous. We were picked up on time, driven to the tour facility, greeted by the tour guide who was amazing, knowledgeable, informative, and most of all very entertaining! I would recommend this tour to anyone staying in Rome for a few days.

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