THE TERRITORY

Rome rests on seven hills, while the Castelli Romani stand on twice as many hills, between the Monti Albani and the Monti Tuscolani. Rome is a shapely matron. The Castelli Romani are around her neck a string of fourteen pearls, all precious for the history and art that have shone here for centuries due to the inseparable work done together by nature and man. Each castle has its own physiognomy: from the imprint of the settlement that grew up around the respective castrum to the cultural identity of each one, which can boast a dialect, a patronal festival, a culinary peculiarity, a monument, a famous person, a typical character of the local people. The places are picturesque, the wines fervent, the cuisine rustic and homemade. Fruits vie for space between the plains and the mountains: grapes, strawberries, chestnuts, with flowers: gladioli, daffodils and violets. Following the example of Lucullus and Cicero, popes, emperors and princes grew first a vineyard and then a villa. Thus it was that an illustrious prosapia: Frangipane, Orsini, Colonna and Savelli, then Aldobrandini, Ruspoli, Chigi, Torlonia, Sforza Cesarini and Borghese renewed in the Middle Ages and in the modern age the splendour and power of the Roman gentes in the imperial villas.