This day trip in the Roman Countryside will take you through scenic landscapes inhabited since Ancient Roman times. It will allow you to stroll through some of the small historic towns such as Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano at about 30 kilometres south-east of Rome, best known as the summer residence of the Pope. In fact, Castel Gandolfo’s Papal Palace and gardens are actually part of the Vatican State.
The origins of the city date back to the 16th Century BC. The Pope’s summer residence and the adjacent Barberini Palace – which house masterpieces designed by Carlo Maderno – are the perfect examples of the Italian Baroque and Renaissance. The whole residence is surrounded by the Imperial villa gardens with an artificial grotto of the crater lakes.
If you wish, we can arrange a stop for a wine tasting and a tour of a local winery. You can taste the Roman culinary specialities in a typical country trattoria, or simply enjoy a local lunch with plenty of home-made wine. This can be decided in conjunction with the driver that morning when you all meet.
After lunch, we will head to Rome along the old Appian Way, one of the first ancient Roman military roads. Among the most impressive sights you will see along the way is the tomb of Cecilia Metella, the daughter of a Roman General who lived during the time of Julio Cesar. The tour will allow you to view the Catacombs, the curious underground maze of tunnels hallowed out of volcanic rock where the early Christians, persecuted by the Roman General, had to practice their religion in secret and bury their dead.