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Escape the heat and hustle of Rome with a half-day trip around the hill towns of Castelli Romani. Visit Lake Albano, Rocca di Papa, Castel Gandolfo, Grottaferrata and Frascati, and sample locally-made wine while learning about wine production in the area. This half-day tour is an excellent opportunity to see an untrammeled swath of the Roman countryside while learning about the history of the area from your local guide.


  • 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.

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very interesting to have seen the little villages perched on the hill tops. Was hoping to have been able to see more of the Castel fact had thought we would be visiting it rather than just driving past. A fabulous lunch however.

Nick S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic half day tour away from the hustle and bustle of Rome. Enjoyed the scenery and the restaurant.. Meal and Frascati were excellent. Would have loved a bit of free time, 30-60 minutes to explore the village of Frascati. Excellent tour and great guide.

Matthew E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a nice tour. We had some great overlooks of a lake at Castel Gondolfo, and enjoyed a small meal in Frascati. We even got another bottle of wine! Even when riding the bus, the tour guide provided descriptions of what we were passing, which was interesting. If I did it again, I might do a longer tour.

Wendy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We all enjoyed this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A beautiful day out. Our tour guide was brilliant, the places visited...perfect and our lunch with wine was excellent.Would of loved to have been able to spend more time looking around Frascati... a beautiful town.I would recommend this to everyone.

Douglas D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was knowledgeable and the tour was a nice half day change of pace from Rome. The meal we got was a pleasant surprise!

Toni L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour!

Marie-Louise D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very enjoyable interesting tour. The tour guide was pleasant and spoke very good English, her commentary was comprehensive. Lovely scenery and the food and wine experience excellent.

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.

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