A Walking tour in Rome for the whole family

Rome is studded with ancient monuments that silently evoke its history as the greatest center of Western civilization.
It became one of the first cosmopolitan cities in the world, importing slaves, gladiators, great art - even citizens - from the far corners of the Empire because all roads led to Rome at that time already and today too, with good reason.
With all its carnage and mismanagement, it left a legacy of law and uncanny lesson in how to conquer enemies by absorbing their culture.

But ancient Rome is only part of the spectacle.
The Vatican has had a major effect in making the city a center of world tourism. Although Vatican architects stripped down much of the glory of the past, they created great Renaissance treasures, occasionally incorporating the old, just as Michelangelo did in turning the Baths of Diocletian into a church.

In the years that followed, Bernini adorned the city with the wonders of the baroque, especially the fountains.

The modern sightseer even owes a debt (as reluctant as one may be to acknowledge it) to Mussolini, who did much to dig out the past, particularly at the Imperial Forum.

Today, besides being the Italian capital, Rome, in a larger sense, belongs to the world.

Especially For Kids Rome has lots of other amusements for children when they tire of ancient monuments, although they are usually fond of wandering around the Colisseum and the Roman Forum. Many children also enjoy the climb to the top of St. Peter's.

The Fun Fair (Luna Park), along via delle Tre Fontane (592-5933), at E.U. R., is one of the largest in Europe. It is known for its "big wheel" at the entrance, and there are also merry-go-rounds, miniature railways, shooting galleries, and other attractions. Admission is free but you pay for each ride. It is closed on Tuesdays.

Teatro delle Marionette degli Accettella, performing at the Theatro Mongiovino, via Giovanni Genocchi 16 (513-9405), has performances for children on Saturday and Sunday (except in August), at 4:30 p.m. Both adults and children pay for tickets.

The Puppet Theater on Pincio Square in the Villa Borghese gardens has "Punch and Judy" performances nearly every day. While there, you may also like to take your children through the park (It is closed to traffic). Children enjoy the fountain displays and the lake and there are many wide spaces in which they can play. Boats can be hired at the Giardino del Lago. A trip to the zoo in Rome is also possible, as it lies in the Villa Borghese, at viale del Giardino Zoologico 10 (321-65-64). It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is an admission fee for adults but children are free. Take bus no. 19 or 30. At 4:00 p.m., you can take your child to the Quirinale Palace, piazza del Quirinale, the residence of the president of Italy. There is a military band and a parade at that time as the guards change shifts.

Special Interest Sightseeing for the Literary Enthusiast
Keats-Shelley Memorial: Piazza di Spagna 26. Tele 678-4235. Admission fee. June - September Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.; October through May, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Metro: Piazza di Spagna. At the foot of the Spanish Steps is this 18th century house where Keats died of consumption on February 23, 1821. "It is like living in a violin," wrote Italian author Alberto Savinio. The apartment where Keats spent his last summer months, carefully tended by his close friend Joseph Severn, shelters a museum and research library, with a strange death mask of Keats as well as the "deadly sweat" drawing by Severn and many other mementos of Keats, Shelley and Byron. For those interested in the full story of the involvement of Keats and Shelley in Italy, books are sold on the premises.

Protestant Cemetery: Via Caio Cestia 6. Tele. 574-1900. Admission is free but an offering is customary given. April 1 through September 30th, 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ; October 1 through March 31st, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. Metro: St. Pauls. Bus: 13, 27 or 30. Near St. Paul's Station, in the midst of a setting of cypress trees, lies the old cemetery where John Keats was buried. In a grave nearby, Joseph Severn, his "deathbed" companion, was interred beside him six decades later. Dejected, and feeling his reputation as a poet diminished by the rising vehemence of his critics, Keats asked that the following epitaph be written on his tombstone: "Here lies one whose name was writ in water." A great romantic poet Keats certainly was, but a prophet, thankfully not. Shelley, author of Prometheus Unbound, drowned off the Italian Riviera in 1822, before his 30th birthday. His ashes rest alongside those of Edward John Trelawny, fellow romantic and man of the sea. Trelawny maintained (but this was not proved) that Shelley may have been murdered, perhaps by petty pirates bent on robbery. While you are here, you may want to drop in at the neighboring Pyramid of Caius Cestius.

Depending upon your destination in Rome, take the subway. This is the fastest means of transportation in Rome. It has two underground lines: Line A goes from Ottaviano, near St. Peter's to Anagnina, stopping at piazza Flaminio (near piazza del Popolo), piazza Vittorio Emanuele, and piazza San Giovanni in Laterano. Line B connects the Rebibbia district with via Laurentina, stopping at via Cavour, piazza Bologna, Stazione Termini, the Coliseum, Circus Maximus, the Pryamid of C. Cestius, St. Paul's Outside the Walls, the Magliana, and the E.U.R.A. big red letter M indicates the entrance to the subway.

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Silvia's villa L'Infiorata
High class villa with pool

3 apartments are given for holiday rental, separately or all together
(Rome countryside)

A very spacious villa built in the 70's and deeply restored and refurbished in 2011. The result was a beautiful villa with pool, 13 km out of the highway ring of Rome, on the crest of a green hill, surrounded by a large well kept garden on which there is a swimming pool bean shaped.
The whole overlooks with breathtaking views on the woods of the natural Regional Park of Veio where it is very pleasant to walk in the public forest or at side of a small stream and a waterfall, between cows and horses.

Terraces, 3 separate gardens, a swimmingpool and stunning views guarantee a very special and unique property.

Formello, a rural village in the hilly northern Rome countryside, is the closest village to the Rome’s highway ring - only 13 km far, 10 of which by highway -.


available for holiday rentals, on request.
100 sqm. sleeps 2+1, one double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, a half bath, a private terrace and private garden. Shared swimmingpool.

The very large livingroom(80 sqm or 880 sq. foot), is usually used by the owners for their celebrations, observances and joyous diversion with their son's families.
The area is spacious, luminous, with 8 windows, some of which very large, and French doors leading onto the private garden from one side and from other side onto the terrace with a wonderful view on the park.
Comfortable sofas and arm chairs, fire place, books and pictures, a baby-grand-piano and antiques create a very friendly and warm atmosphere.
A very small open plan kitchenette is beyond an arch.
The master bedroom has a double bed, side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe and space enough for a single camp bed (which can be open in the very large livingroom for a higher pricacy). An half bath has access from the livingroom.

sqm. 80 surface, 4 + 1 sleeps, 2 double bedrooms, one bathroom, livingroom, kitchenette in separated open space.

The Lower Floor fronts the second level's garden with a well equipped and nice double bedroom, a second double bedroom very large, with a third bed (if requested), the living room with a comfortable sofa bed, table for 6 and kitchen in open separate space, a bathroom with bath and a living room.
A deck furnished with table, chairs and sun umbrella is just outdoor and the wide and sunny green lawn overlooks the pool and the green valley.
The main characteristic of this apartments is the great liveability, both in the night areas, in the living rooms and outdoor.

4 + 1 sleeps, sqm. 90, two double bedrooms with en-suite bath, kitchen on isle, half bath, 5t bed.

the Penthouse of villa Infiorata, has private access through a staircase from the large paved area behind the automatic gate of the Villa.
With very large windows overlooking the garden, the pool and the Regional Park, without any doubt is a treat.

It consists of:
Two double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, one with Jacuzzi (the other with bath is not convenient for people XXXL), a half bath more, a large living room with cooking isle, a walk-in closet, a terrace with table and chairs, sun umbrella and a balcony.

Five windows, one of which very large, have breathtaking views from the livingroom over he Regional Park. Same from the Master bedroom.

In Total:

Main floor
: 1 bedroom, 2 +1 sleeps
Lower floor: 2 bedrooms, 4+1 sleeps
Penthouse: 2 bedrooms, 4+1 sleeps,
for a total - available on request - of 5 bedrooms, 10+3 sleeps , 4 bathrooms + 2 half baths, two large livingrooms with dining table for 10, chairs, sofas, cupboard,
We prefere groups not exceeding 10.

From the entrance gate there is access to the gardener’s apartment, a very kind single, and at side of the villa there is the owner’s little studio.

SILVIA'S VILLA is located in an area dedicated to villas only, 300 m from a Pizzeria, 600 m from the village, the bar, shops and the bus stop.
Many restaurants are in the countryside all around and in Campagnano/Sacrofano, the other 2 small villages 5-6 km far.

Two Metro-train station are 10 mins drive from the property. One of them leads to Piazza Del Popolo/Piazza Di Spagna and the other to Piazza San Pietro and the Vatican. Both have a good parking and frequent trains, every 15 mins. in the early morning and late afternoon.

For those who want to Sea or Lake, both are only 30-20 km away.

SILVIA'S VILLA is a very good base to visit the 'off the beaten track' North Latium, a rich promise of new experiences with the Etruscans, the Italian Gardens, Palaces and Churchies built by Popes during Renaissance. All of them no more distant than a half-day excursion.

Prices per week 2018 in Euro
Season from ...to The whole The Main Apt
sleeps .......... 10+(3) 2+(1) Guesthouse
or Penthouse
sleeps 4(+1)
High Season +Easter, Xmas 18/05-14/09 on request on request E 1.100
Mid Season APR-18/05
on request on request E 700
Low Season .................. ### ### E 600
Extra final cleaning
E 200 E 100
E 100
add. bed +E 200x3 --- +E 200
Extra heating & electricity as per meter
Security deposit .......... on request on request E 250

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Formellois a municipality in the province of Rome.
It is located southwest of the Monti Sabatini, within theRegional Park of Veii.
The communal territory despite vicinity to Rome, is rural, mostly intensively cultivated.

It includes some archaeological sites of the Etruscan city of Veii,north of the village of Isola Farnese, south of Formello, destructed in 396 BC by the Romans.
The last battle was fought on a small promontory just at side of SILVIA'S VILLA, where still in the 90's was possible to escave Roman Soldier's bones. (God knows how many Etruscan tombs are still hidden in the woods of Formello)

Fief of Prince Orsini from 1274, in 1661 was sold to Prince Chigi who recently donated the palace to the town, turned into a small museum.

The villages of Formello, Sacrofano and Campagnano, closed each other, are the closest municipalities to Rome. Trekking, Horseback, Golf, Tennis, shops and all kind of trattorias and restaurants, they offer together a great number of opportunities for your free time.

Between the gorges of the river Cremera, the thick vegetation are the ruins of a small promontory fort, dominating from the cliff (at side of SILVIA'S VILLA) below descending to the river, probably the last remnants of what must have been a small castle and down the remains many dwellings carved into the rock.
This place called
"Grotte Franca"

probably owes its name, according to popular belief, the fact of having given refuge to bandits hiding in this place and living in "caves", could make her "frank". (Mario & Silvia are the last)

In "Valle Cancella", along the river Cremera, attached to the complex of "Grotte Franca", in the Middle Ages was a water mill. It consists of two floors, the first for leaving, the basement for working; visible inside the wheels belonging to the ancient stone grinders.
Not far away are the remains of a bridge made of a single arch in tuff blocks, which allowed the passage from one side of the river.

In the days around the August 10, feast of the Patron Saint Lorenzo, are organized events that contemplate
-the explosion of bombs,
-ritual procession on 9 August, -Thoroughbred Racing and Gymkhana horse,
-fireworks at the end of the celebrations on the 11th August.
- January 17 is celebrated the feast of St. Anthony Abbot with the firing of bombs and public blessing of pets. It takes place the game of Scocciapilaccie, in which contestants blindfolded must break with a stick pots hanging from a cable.
Sometimes the prize can be a whole pig (which off course does not fall from the broken pot!)
- On Tuesday after Easter Monday is celebrated the feast of the Madonna del Sorbo, which includes trips in the Valle del Sorbo.

Formello is home to the training grounds and base of Italian Serie A, S.S. Lazio

To be mentioned that once conquered Veii, in 396 BC, the Romans continued the conquest of Etruria, arrived in Nepi and Sutri, 20 km North of Formello, but later ventured beyond the dense and impenetrable forest of the Cimini mountains, to chase the Etruscans and they reached for the first time the great plain that extends from Viterbo towards the Maremma.
Tarquinia was conquered in 307 BC and in 280 BC came the big Vulci too.
Here start the real great, inexorable decline of Eruschi. During the centuries many Etruscan tombs have been devastated by grave robbers, many opened by archaeologists and other precious artifacts were scattered in museums around the world.

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The ancient villages in the Lazio Region