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Be like the Popes of centuries past and escape the heat and the hustle of Rome by spending a day lingering around the hill towns of Castelli Romani. This half-day tour from Rome is an excellent opportunity to see an untrammeled swath of the Roman countryside while learning about the history of the area from your knowledgeable local guide. Visit Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo, Rocca di Papa, Grottaferrata and Frascati. Sample some locally made wine while learning about wine production in the area. 

Highlights

  • 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

Get picked up at your hotel in Rome or choose to meet your guide near Termini Station. Then hop on your comfortable coach for the journey to idyllic Castelli Romani, a collection of hill top towns outside of Rome. The guided tour takes you first along the legendary Appian Way, the ancient Roman road that went southward all the way to Brindisi. See the Baths of Caracalla and the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis along the way.

The first stop is Castel Gandolfo, where the Pope historically retreats in the summer to escape the heat of Rome. The placid diminutive town is packed with historic sites, including the Church of St. Thomas of Villanova, designed by Baroque master, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. After lingering a while in town, head with your guide to Grottaferrata and Rocca di Papa, two small towns that are known for their gastronomic delights. Learn about why porchetta, a juicy pork dish, is famous here. And then head further up into the Alban Hills to the village of Frascati, a spot well known for its wine production. Take in the incredible views of the surrounding countryside, perhaps wander around the village on your own for a short time, exploring all its nooks, and then sample a glass of locally made wine. Learn about its characteristics. 

Hop back on the coach and head back to Rome where you'll be dropped either at Termini Station or another central location. 

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Customer Reviews

Diane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The guide was very knowledgeable and gracious. The snack we had in Frascati was more like a meal and was wonderful!

Maureen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Brilliant half day tour. Guide very knowledgeable. Very interesting and packed lots in. Highlight was frascatti and particularly the 2 course meal and bottle of frascatti which we weren and #39;t expecting. Very helpful your guide and driver.

Theresa Q

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!

PETER H

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!

Peter S

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.

Atiya P

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.

Judith B

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

Serena L

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.

John M

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

Donald B

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.

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