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Frascati is a small city of 20 000 people, mainly known for its delicious white wine and mild climate. It is located only 20 km south-east of Rome and belongs to the Colli Albani territory (Alban Hills) in the region named Castelli Romani. Frascati is one of the most visited villages near Rome because it offers different historical villas built during the 16th and 17th centuries, churches, museums and of course, vineyards. In the past, Frascati was a special place where Roman aristocrats and popes used to come and relax: “It was a quiet place where they would be able to enjoy life peacefully without taking care of politics”.

Things to see

Among the villas in Frascati, it is possible to visit the lovely Villa Aldobrandini and its wonderful Italian terrace gardens. It was built in 1600 for the cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini who was the nephew of the pope Clement VIII. Goethe stayed in this villa and asked for a painting capturing the view he had from his bedroom window.

Frascati is also known for its wine. This city has maintained some very old traditions and it is possible to enjoy glass of wine or a carafe in some special places. In some wine shops and cantinas, the wine will be served directly from the barrel; people are suggested to bring their own food to enjoy with the wine.

The small city offers a very nice view on the Roman countryside while its city center has kept its medieval architecture. That said, its most notable period of development came during the 16th and 17th centuries. Several famous Italian artists such as Della Porta, Borromini and Domenico Fontana came to Frascati and worked in making the small city more enjoyable. Della Porta and Fontana drew the plans for the Villa Aldobrandini while Borromini made renovations in the Villa Falconieri in 1628.

Unfortunately, the development of the city stopped when Pope Urban VIII set up his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo instead of Frascati. Little by little, the different villas were abandoned and people moved in Castel Gandolfo where the religious and political life had taken new root.