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ROME'S SURROUNDINGS NORTH


Sutri, Bracciano lake, Martignano lake, Calcata, Mazzano Romano, Sutri, Nepi, Ostia Antica, Civita Castellana&Falerii Novi, Tivoli Villa Adriana&Villa D'Este, San Liberato, Vignanello, Caprarola, Farfa Abbey Formello, Vatican
Short Distance Excursion


ROME
la Lupa
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Enjoy the quietness of nature close to culture.
Quick metro train connect the Rome Surroundings to the eternal city in 20 - 60 mins. Spend your holiday overlooking the region of Lazio too.
In Rome you can see its great artistic, historical and cultural heritage and also enjoy the important religious centre of Vatican.
North of Rome you will be in the centre of an area full of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance monuments.
From our "strategical" position of villa infioratayou are at a pace from the most beautiful places in central Italy. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the peace and the relaxation of the countryside but can also visit cities full of arts and culture, rediscovering the pleasure of a walk in the historical centres or in the ruins of ancient civilizations.

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EXCURSION DESTINATIONS
SUTRI
Sutri-AnFiteatre
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Drive 34 km from FORMELLO and in 30 mins you'll reach the nice Medieval town of SUTRI.

The towers and crenellated walls of Sutri stand out in a wooded area at the end of a straightaway edged by Etruscan tombs placed in a row and bizarre unusual shape just before the entrance to the town.
Sutri was the last Etruscan bastion, along with Veii, towards the expansion of Rome to the north.
Later it was the staging point for the passage of pilgrims and merchants on the via Francigena from North Europe toward Rome. The Etruscan necropolis are anywhere in Sutri

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The lakes of
Bracciano and Martignano
Bracciano lake from the Odescalchi Castle
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The MARTIGNANO LAKE is located 6 km as the crow flies from FORMELLO but 31 mins to cover 19 kmof road, partly dirt road in the last 4 km.
But an adventure that is worth living.

In lack of coast roads and houses, with exception of two small farms, the landscape of the lake is in great part constituted of cultivated lands, fields and a thick bush composed of wild Olive grove, Juniper, and Corbezzolo.
Rest and sit on deck chairs on the sand watching the blue incontaminated water and forgetting how heavy is life!

On the shores of Lake Bracciano, (37km from villa Infiorata) there are three cities: Bracciano, Trevignano and Anguillara. The Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, headquarters of the Orsini family and later of the Odescalchi, overlooking the city of Bracciano. Perfectly preserved, today maintains its grandeur, is used to make films, weddings and meetings, and can be visited. Trevignano and Anguillara are two fishing villages, become since the 90 destination for retirees who have moved to enjoy the particularly mild and pleasant climate and tranquility offered by the lake. Boulevards and squares of the lake invite you to relax.

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TREJA VALLEY
Monte-Gelato
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30 mins drive from villa Infiorata you'll reach the TREJA VALLEY.

The park identifies with the Treja river that flows on a tuff bed, meeting in the picturesque little waterfalls of Monte Gelato area. An almost unknown river, right tributary of the Tiber. A shady and green landscape

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The Village of
CALCATA
calcata
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Drive 17,5 km from villa Infiorata and in 24 mins you'll reach the nice village.

The village of Calcata is towering perched precariously on the top of a volcanic rock 30 miles north of Rome, built there, as all Medieval villages, to face attacks of The Goths, Vandals, Lombards and barbarians came in Italy after the fall of the Roman Empire. Today the village has about 70 souls, but in the 60s it was almost uninhabited, when a famous Roman architect, together with his friends, bought a few houses around the main square to make his home for vacation. In those years Calcata became more and more known and appreciated by artists who went there to live permanently. Many small restaurants welcome visitors of the weekend after a walk in the deciduous forest, with moderate prices.

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The Village of
MAZZANO
calcata
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Drive 28 km from villa Infiorata and in 27 mins you'll reach the nice village.

The village of Mazzano is towering like Calcata on the top of a rock 30 miles north of Rome, built there, as all Medieval villages, to face attacks of The Goths, Vandals, Lombards and barbarians caming in Italy after the fall of the Roman Empire.

You enter the old town through an arched entrance arch built in the baronial palace of the BISCIA family. The boundary wall encloses buildings of different eras, from the late Middle Ages identified by architectural elements in lava stone, the Renaissance age identified through inscriptions that stand out on some houses, such as the Baronial Palace Everso and Dolce of Anguillara (XV century).
Near the village, archaeological sites worthy of a hike by experts, enthusiasts or simply curious.
NEPI
acquedotto_di_Nepi
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Drive 30 km from villa Infiorata and in 28 mins you'll reach the nice village.30 km far from villa Infiorata, on dual carriageway, 29 mins drive, Nepi is an enticing Medieval small town built on a tuff promontory protected naturally by two deep gullies carved slowly by two streams, tributaries of the river Treia, along the Via Cassia.

The town grew under the Borgia and then under the Farnese family, at the end of the 15th Century and in the beginning of the16th.
To see many churchies and monuments, among which the strong walls that surround the town, the Cathedral and the Aqueduct, with a monumental bridge of 285 meters with 36 arches running till the walls of the city to bring running water into the houses.


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OSTIA ANTICA
anphitheatre-Ostia
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Drive 53 km from villa Infiorata and in 40 mins and you will reach the excavations of Ostia Antica.
First Roman colony founded in the seventh century BC from the Roman King Anco Marzio, Ostia was a commercial port of the city of Rome at the mouth of the river Tiber, important for the supply of grain to the capital.

Ostia Antica along with Pompeii is the largest archaeological site in the world with an area of 150 hectares and was unearthed only 40% and more than half of the city is still buried.

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FARFA
FARFA ABBEY
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54 KM, 1h drive from Formello, visit the Farfa Abbey.

It stands in grandeur as one of the most famous monuments of medieval Europe. At the height or its splendour a vast portion of central Italy belonged to the Abbey that became one of the most prestigious and well-known sites of Medieval Europe, preserving rich and precious pieces of medieval art which today are there to wait your visit.

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FORMELLO
FORMELLO-Falls-of-river-Cremera
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Formello, fiefdom of Prince Chigi, was historically a very closed village, governed by its inhabitants, by some families related to each of them, with written laws and unwritten.
Despite only 13 km away separating from Rome, he spoke an archaic Italian dialect remained so until the 80s, when many Roman families, following the example of President Leone, came to build their villas. Moreover, even today, although in the minority compared with immigrants from Rome residents, keep well narrow the reins of the city administration. Basically rural village until a few years ago, offers visits to the Chigi Palace, the ruins of Villa Versaglia, the ruins of the Sanctuary of Sorbo, historic sites and farm museum

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CIVITA CASTELLANA
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FALERI NOVI

Falerii Novi
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Drive 45 km from villa Infiorata and in 45 mins you'll reach this Etruscan/Roman/Medieval town.

Civita Castellana, a very ancient hilltown is famous for the pre-Roman remains of the city of Falerii Novi, and for the beautiful Cathedral of S. Maria Maggiore.

The amphitheatre, built to the north outside the walls is now visible half-hidden by the vegetation.

Today the ruins of the theatre are only visible in minimal part.
Sold through the antiquary market, the findings made during the nineteenth-century excavations were principally gathered into the Vatican Museum collection, into the Louvre and the Berlin Museum.

Excavation has brought to light, among other things, a considerable stretch of the two main roads of the city with ruins of a monumental building with later reworking and superstructures, identified presumably as 3 public building.

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TIVOLI
VILLA ADRIANA
VILLA ADRIANA
Emperor Hadrian
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Drive 44’ from villa Infiorata to cover the 47 km to reach Villa D’Este in Tivoli.

The largest palace ever built by a Roman emperor -, created by Hadrian who was a particular Emperor, cultivated and scholar, keen amateur architect lover of travel and fond of the Greek and Egyptian culture and architecture and that's why he wanted a domus that produces the places that had fascinated him. A sumptuous villa built as a ´country home´ to escaped the political rat race of Rome often to this hide-out that became a tranquil sanctuary to entertain himself and his guests. 900 servants lived on the premises.
The site is now a vast archaeological park with many different buildings in various states of preservation, a bit of a mishmash of buildings of various purposes, which include a grand villa, temples, a large bath house and the water feature known as the Canopus pond

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TIVOLI,
VILLA D’ESTE
VILLA D'ESTE
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Drive 48’> from villa Infiorata to cover the 51 km to reach Villa D’Este in Tivoli.

Villa d'Este is right in the centre of the town of Tivoli, 30 km out of Rome. It is a masterpiece of Italian architecture and especially garden design. Its mixture of architectural elements and water features had an enormous influence on European landscape design.
The combination of tranquility and chaos that the water features bring about is something everyone should be so lucky to experience.

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CAPRAROLA CAPRAROLA
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Drive 44’ from villa Infiorata to cover the ditance of 43 km to reach

Caprarola - Palazzo Farnese
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a magnificent summer residence projected by Vignola for the Cardinal Alessandro Farnese is one of the best exemple of Renaissance architecture, with magnificent Italian gardens - the Summer and the Winter gardens - and an immense park. Fountains, with water games - to be mentioned those in the grotto, nymphaeums and numerous statues enrich the garden.

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VATICAN CITY
AND ITS MUSEUM

sISTINE CHAPEL
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In 1929 the Lateran Treaty between Pope Pius XI and the Italian Government created Vatican City, the world's smallest independent State, located in Rome.
This State may be small, but it contains a gigantic repository of treasures from antiquity and the Renaissance housed in labyrinthine galleries.
The Vatican's art collection reaches its apex in the Sistine Chapel.
The Vatican museums (a house of museums) comprise a series of lavishly adorned palaces and galleries built over the centuries. The entrance is on viale Vaticano, a long walk around from St. Peter's Square.

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Opening hours: everyday from the dawn to the sunset.
RESERVATION

San Liberato

San Liberato
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Drive 40km, in 40mins from Formello to reach the Botanical Garden of SAN LIBERATO in Bracciano. Here it is possible to take a walk among 700 varieties of roses, camellias, hydrangeas and English rhododendrons, while great tulips lead us to the "magic wood" (the garden is open till October, during the first and the latest Sunday for only one conducting tour at 16.30 o'clock - Tel num. +39- 06 9980 5460.

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VIGNANELLO

Castle in Vignanello
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Drive 49 km for 49 mins to visit the
Castello Ruspoli was built around 1574 by Count RUSPOLI and his family in the town of Vignanello. It still belong to the Ruspoli family, and many generations lived at the castle, although the family had residences in Rome and Cerveteri as well.
The castle continues to be in the possession of the Prince Francesco Maria VI Ruspoli and serves as a private residence for him an his family, but is open for visits and events. In the 17th century lacopo Barozzi da Vignola designed the plans for the exterior, including the Renaissance gardens, central fountain and original entrance.
The gardens still stand and are one of the best preserved examples of an Italian Renaissance garden.

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