A trip outside Rome. Culture, Food and wine.
Of all the villages around Rome one of the major attractions is without a doubt Lake Albano, or the Lake at Castel Gandolfo, siege of Papal Summer Palace, which attract tourists and residents to enjoy long walks on the shores and romantic dinners in the many restaurants.
Thanks to its extensive artistic, cultural and historic heritage Albano Laziale is one of the most visited of the so called Castelli Romani. This tour combines historical heritage typical Roman food and excellent local wines from around Rome.
The tour includes private transit from Rome to Albano and return; Short stopover in Castel Gandolfo, visit of family owned winery with two wine tasting, walking tour of Albano and lunch served at "Al Grottino": a small simple family run restaurant with walls dating back to 1740. Set where once were the kitchens of a mansion a lovely vaulted arch is still part of the foundations of the palace above. The restaurant cuisine is absolutely unpretentious and it is all made with genuine local products.
We will leave from Rome with a minivan (max 6 people).
On the way to Castel Gandolfo we will drive past the ruins of Villa dei Quintili, an ancient noble residential complex dating back to the II century A. D.
Brief stop in Castle Gandolfo. we will see the summer papal residency from outside and look at the stunning volcanic lake. wine tasting visit at a family owned vineyard just outside Albano.
Once in Albano we will visit the remnants of the second Legio Parthica. Albano still sits on an ancient Roman military camp!
We will see the impressive and still active roman water reservoir, the city door gates and the XI century church of S. Maria della Rotonda also built out of pre-existing Roman structures. Lunch will be in a small typical family run local restaurant set in the basement of a noble XVII century building.
Real unpretentious genuine local cuisine.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: hotel or apartment if centrally located.
End location: hotel or apartment if centrally located
Duration: 7 hours
Always send me a message before booking. During public holidays the visit to the church might interfere with service, the program may therefore include something else instead.
Private transfer in a minivan to Albano and back to Rome.
In Albano there will be a walking tour.
Castel Gandolfo's main square also to be reached on foot.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 Euros - About 50 euros p.p for food
wine tasting and entrance fees.
I am a licensed guide and art historian I can guide you everywhere. Tickets not included. Hotel pick ups are available at an extra cost. I will meet you by the sites.
IMPORTANT! Before booking always send me a message to check my actual availability.