FrascatiFrascati is one of the Castelli Romani, historic hill towns to the South East of Rome. It is a small relaxed town perfect for a getaway from the metropolis of Rome. World famous for its white wine which is recently winning an array of awards. Frascati has a slower pace of life, cleaner air, and a far more casual feel than the nearby capital.
Although you probably won't notice it from a casual visit, Frascati is an important scientific center. It hosts Italy's National Institute for Nuclear Physics, as well facilities of the European Space Agency, and The Spaceguard Foundation, which aims to protect the world from collision with objects in space.
- It is very convenient to the Ciampino airport now used by a number of the budget airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet.
- Trains run from Roma Termini approximately every hour. They take about 30 minutes and cost around €2. Check the Trenitalia website for further details. This was one of the first railway lines built in Italy.
- Buses run daily from Rome. Check the Cotral website for details.
- If Driving from Rome, take Via Tuscolana from just South East of the centre of Rome and follow it all the way to Frascati. Couldn't be easier.
Villa AldobrandiniAlso known as the Belvedere because of its dominant position, with a view all the way to Rome. The inside of the villa cannot be visited but the gardens are accessible on weekdays with a pass obtained from the IAT tourist office in Piazza Roma.
address: Piazza Marconi 6This building was the former stables of the Villa. It houses an archaeological museum with pieces collected from the ancient Roman town of Tusculum, about 5km from Frascati. There are also scale models of the villas of Frascati.
- Take part in the passegiata in the evening: wandering up and down the main street, preferably with a gelato, checking out everyone else doing the same, or in the daytime, you can visit a winery.
address: FrascatiCity Pass, giving at least 10% discount on wine estate visits, tours, restaurants, hotels, moped hire, courses and includes a free mp3 walking tour download and wine tours
Frascati is famous for its white wine, and the best (many have won awards in the past few years) are bottled DOC and DOCG Superior versions. Excellent quality /price ratio There is a big difference in quality between the best producers and some of the others. The largest producer is Fontana Candida and its Superiore Santa Teresa, Castel De Paolis, Casale Mattia, Poggio Le Volpi and San Marco. Antiche Terre Tuscolane cooperative produces relatively small volumes of very good wine. Principe Pallavcini is top notch (Superior DOCG is calle Poggio Verde), but for a complete list check out the consortium's website (they are the oldest consortium in Europe).
A feature of Frascati is its Cantine, essentially places where you can buy and drink wine (slightly inferior on tap), and can bring your own food. During summer nights the Cantine put their tables outside on the paved roads and it seems like the whole town sits on these benches drinking, talking and laughing beneath the stars. On such nights it's easy to see why they choose to live in this small but vibrant town.
Osteria del Principeaddress: Via del Castello 25An authentic cantina, frequented by locals in the early evening.
- Taglienti white wine.
phone: +39 06 941 7883address: Piazza del Mercato 21Located above the Pinocchio restaurant, this small hotel has just seven rooms, all with bath, phone, TV, and minibar. Centrally located, friendly, and good value. No air-conditioning can make the rooms less comfortable on a warm night (although you can always just leave the windows open).
phone: +39 06 942 900address: Via del TuscoloA fabulous old villa recently refurbished, Villa Tuscolana is well worth the 10min walk up the hill from Frascati. Take a room with views out over the town and Rome if possible. The walk up the hill can be dark and scary at night, take a taxi if you've had a little too much wine.
phone: +39 06 9464261-3475322318address: Vicolo grotti dama 19The apartments are situated in a quiet place surrounded by vineyards. Outside the house there is a big garden with many trees and some garden-seats. Near the garden there is a private parking-area. Discounts for stays of at least 3 nights.
- Hotel Panorama, it is the one with the best view on Rome.