Villa Rasponi, surrounded by greenery, in the middle of the Roman castles, was built in the first half of the nineteenth century by Prince Camillo Borghese Aldobrandini, nephew of the famous Paolina Borghese. It has a beautiful Italian garden in front of it, above a large olive grove. Below, in front of a 18th-century fountain, a pool surrounded by hydrangeas. The hydrangeas also surround the villa on the back.
The entrance of the villa is characterised by a large atrium, and a marble staircase that leads to the upper floor: adjacent is an environment where the elevator is located, and where a service staircase starts. Beside, hidden, there is also a small bathroom. Several sixteenth century paintings are hanging at the walls of the staircase, illustrating the gestures of the Aldobrandini and Antinori families, related to the current owner.
On the right of the lobby, on the ground floor, you access an apartment, with two large frescoed rooms, each with 2 beds, very bright. Next to it, there is a large vestibule with a telephone and a bathroom. On the left side of the lobby there is a large room with a Ping-Pong and other paintings. This lobby communicates with the guardian’s apartment.
On the first floor, or noble floor, at the top of the staircase, there is a large living room, followed by another one in “Chinese” style, and a large dining room with 18th century majolica plates. In front of the lounges but separated by a corridor, we have a room with 2 single beds, with a view on the olive grove, a bathroom and a large kitchen.
Also on the first floor, but to the other side of the house, to the left of the staircase, and in front of the elevator there is access to 2 large bedrooms. They are also provided with telephone. One of the rooms, with a double bed, and with four windows, opens onto a large and beautiful terrace overlooking the Roman countryside: from the terrace you access a turret, with a studio, with a beautiful view, with a large desk (or a small bed), also equipped with a telephone, a bathroom and a closet. The other room has three windows and a double bed. It has a view over the Italian garden in front of the villa: it has a bedroom, dressing room, telephone, a big wardrobe on its side, and a large bathroom with a window overlooking the countryside.
The second floor has a large terrace (200 m), with a 180-degree view from which you can see all the Roman countryside, all of Rome up to the sea, the olive grove, the great surrounding pines and the rest of the Roman castles. It has a large awning where you can eat in the cool evening at a temperature that is different from the stuffiness of Rome during the summer.
On the terrace, on the left, there is a double bedroom with a telephone and a large bathroom next to it. Next to it, a small room with a single bed overlooking the olive grove on the back of the villa. On the other side there is a large living room, a dining room, an office and a kitchen. Behind the kitchen there is a bathroom room.
Located in Frascati a town in the Metropolitan City of Rome, in the Lazio region of central Italy.
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Aside from Rome of course, there are a number of charming villages around, two beautiful lakes, a magnificent countryside protected as a natural park.
Ex Aldobrandini stables are now the Tuscolano Museum dedicated to local history with ancient roman artefacts and interesting models of the Villas in the area, built by the Roman aristocracy in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Villa Aldobrandini dates back from the 16th century and dominates Frascati. It is possible to visit the outside part of the villa, its baroque gardens, and the magnificent nymphaeum.
This ancient monastery was founded back in 1004 by monks coming from Byzantine Calabria. It is rich in icons and precious decorations; the church has 17th century frescoes from Domenichino.
One of the most beautiful towns in the area, it is a medieval town on top of a hill overlooking a beautiful lake (Lago di Albano). It hosts the summer residence of the pope. In July and August, the pope holds the public hearing on Wednesdays. The papal palace is closed to the public but its gardens are accessible through a guided tour. Tours are of 90 min and have to be booked online.
The two beautiful lakes are very close from Frascati and full of green around it. In the summer they are much less crowded than the beaches. Albano lake is much bigger, has nice beaches and it is full of restaurants around it. But as it is closer to Rome, it gets more crowded in summer. Nemi lake is quite smaller, more distant from Rome and much less crowded but it doesn’t have proper beaches. Nemi, the little town overlooking the lake is charming and is famous for its strawberries. It has a beautiful view over the lake and up to the sea.
Ostia was the harbour of ancient Rome. It was founded in 4th century B.C. and had 50.000 inhabitants. After Rome’s decline it was abandoned and partly covered with sand, making it very well preserved. It is surely the most underestimated archaeological site in Italy, and can surely be compared to Pompeii as you can see how an entire Roman town was built and lived, with thermal baths, temples, theatres, gyms, forums, mosaics and even lodgings!
Tivoli is another hillside town which has always been the refuge of the rich in the summer. It hosts two UNESCO heritage sites: Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este. Villa Adriana was the summer residence of the emperor Adrien. Built in the 2nd century A.C., it was one of the biggest villas in the ancient world with a beautiful basin, a nymphaeum and a theatre. Villa d’Este was originally a monastery but was transformed into a magnificent palace in the 16th century by Lucrezia Borgia’s son. The beautiful garden overlooking the plain are adorned by magnificent fountains engineered with bird-a-like sounds.