The Towns

Located only 20km (10 miles) southeast of Rome, the Castelli Romani is collectively comprised of 16 small towns spread throughout the verdant Colli Albani (Albano hills). Since ancient times, the noblemen of Rome would come for its fresher climate during summer, a tradition followed by the Popes who still have a summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. The name Castelli Romani dates back to the 14th century and derives from the castles or noble palazzi  the Roman feudal families established in the area.  

Today Romans descend in droves to the towns for their vast cultural, historical and gastronomical offerings.  Picturesque towns cultivate traditions and hold vibrant feasts with pleasant landscapes as a backdrop. The most famous borghi are Frascati and Castel Gandolfo, but there is so much more to be discovered in each of these culturally rich and charming villages.