Let’s visit Frascati in Rome?
Frascati is a small town 30 km from Rome and it is charming! It is located in the area of Roman Castles and is well worth a visit. If possible, watch the sunset in Frascati: it’s breathtaking! Let’s go to our post of the day: Let’s visit Frascati in Rome? Stay with us and make the best of Italy! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”.
Frascati is a small town that breathes beauty! It is very famous for its wine and fraschettas and is an excellent option to visit from Rome. The ‘house’ wine is Frascati: light, fresh and delicious white wine, it is the most famous wine in the region. It harmonizes PERFECTLY with light dishes, such as salads and fish, and is ideal to be consumed in the summer. Also, read What to visit near Rome?
What are fraschettas?
Fraschetta is a typical Italian restaurant where you can bring your own food and consume only the wine; it’s like a canteen that offers the drink, made right there (or not), and allows its customers to choose independently what they will eat. Of course, there are also snacks there, but stop by the market, buy bread, cold cuts, toast, and, who knows, a pâté, and enjoy! As I said earlier, despite being a common practice, some do not allow this practice but offer a huge variety of cold cuts and the traditional local wine, the namesake of the city. Also, read How to bring wines from Italy in your luggage?
1) Let’s visit Frascati in Rome? KNOW THE GASTRONOMY
The city’s most famous dish is Porchetta, which is boneless pork roasted with herbs: VERY GOOD! There are still several types of cheese, prosciutto (raw and cooked ham), fresh and grilled vegetables, and salami, among others. This type of restaurant is mostly at the top of the city, that is, it provides an impressive panoramic view, especially during sunset. If you are one of the early risers, you can take advantage of the place to watch the sunrise, another great experience if you can wake up early! ; )
To reach the top of the city and see the tables that are part of the fraschettas, you will go through a kind of gallery full of attractions for the smell and taste, mainly! From there, you will cross a beautiful square with many stalls, that is: options to eat well, spend little, there is no shortage! Of course, the city is not limited to gastronomy and fantastic views; let’s know more about Frascati now!
2) Let’s visit Frascati in Rome? VISIT VILLA ALDOBRANDINI
Opposite the main square of the city, at the top, is Villa Aldobrandini; a beautiful building surrounded by an impressive garden. Villa Aldobrandini was built by Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini, between 1598 and 1602, and is on a hill overlooking the old village of Frascati, for this reason, it is also known as Villa Belvedere, as the view is incredible!
A little more about the Village
The Villa is an architectural complex of exquisite beauty and houses a monumental park, which can be visited at any time of the year. The rooms inside the building are decorated in a 16th-century style and on the main floor are frescoes by Cavalier d’Arpino, the master of Caravaggio. The Villa’s four-story ceilings are filled with priceless artwork, frescoes, and paintings. From the terraces of Villa Aldobrandini, you can admire a splendid view of the Castelli Romani territory and the historic center of Frascati. Behind the building is the Aquatic Theater, built by Maderno and Giovanni Fontana.
- It is not possible to visit the village inside, because it is private. The gardens are always open, all year round, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and admission is not required.
Map from the Train Station to the Village
3) Let’s visit Frascati in Rome? GET TO KNOW THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PETER APOSTLE
Don’t miss the Cathedral of Saint Peter Apostle: a work of art in itself! The Cathedral of San Peter Apostle represents the point of reference for the faithful of Frascati and is the seat of the city’s bishop. The construction of this admirable building took place at the end of the 16th century. Interestingly, the funds initially available for the construction of the building were 1,000 escudos given by the Pope, to which offerings from the faithful were added; from 1608 onwards, the amounts of taxes on wine that were levied in the city were added.
4) Let’s visit Frascati in Rome? VISIT THE HISTORY CENTER
The historic city center is full of charm and full of churches! The Church of Santa Maria, where the impeccably well-preserved bell tower is located, is one of the main tourist attractions in the city. Villa Lanceloti is another historic building in Frascati that does not lack in terms of beauty. The Convent of San Bonaventura is also worth visiting.
It is worth remembering that the city is full of small squares and monuments scattered on every corner. Don’t follow a pre-established script! Allow yourself to explore the city freely, lightly and without commitment: the discoveries will be fantastic! The city’s architecture is impressive and, despite being predominantly Baroque, it offers styles and details that delight the most demanding eyes.
- Wear comfortable shoes! The city is full of stairs and it’s a hell of a go up and down! Hahaha… But it’s worth every sore muscle the next day, I assure you! 😉
How to get to Frascati?
1) How to get to Frascati? BY TRAIN
From Rome, the best option is by train. Go to Termini Station and take the regional train bound for Frascati. The ticket costs EUR 1.90 and the journey takes approximately 30 minutes. TIP: remember to validate the ticket on the validation machines! Find out here: Do I need to validate my train ticket in Italy?
Did you know that Trenitalia is the main Italian company dedicated to the management of rail transport? Find out here “What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?”.
2) How to get to Frascati? BY CAR
If you are driving, take exit 23 of the GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare, like a ring road) and follow Via Appia; follow signs for Albano/Velletri and then signs for Frascati.
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- Check with your country’s Traffic Department which documents are required and the rates for issuing the IDP. If you chose to travel by car, be sure to read our Post “Driving in Italy“. It is very important to avoid winning fines for lack of information.
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Let’s visit Frascati in Rome? Frascati is not a big city, but it is very pretty and a visit there will not disappoint anyone. For those who want to eat well, and see beautiful views and pleasant surprises along the way, this is the ideal type of city.
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