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Monastero di San Benedetto, Subiaco


Monastereo di San Benedetto, Via S. Benedetto, Subiaco

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Built in the 13th century perched against the cliff like a swallow's nest in scenic, mountain area, the Monastero di San Benedetto in the town of Subiaco is a real cultural gem with strong history and atmosphere that should be visited by all the travellers who already know Rome and are interested in exploring more than just the common touristic places. The church and chapel areas are covered with astonishing, well-preserved frescoes and from the courtyard is a breathtaking view. The marvellous Monastery of San Benedetto is located just one hour driving from Rome (or one hour by bus from station Ponte Mamolo in Rome) on the south-eastern part of Lazio.

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Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, Bracciano


Castello Odescalchi, Piazza Mazzini, Bracciano

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Built in the 15th century, one of the largest and best-maintained mediaeval castles in Italy Castello Orsini-Odescalchi is located on the south-eastern bank of the volcanic lake Bracciano, about 40 out of Rome. Visitors can see the civil residence of the feudal lords of the period, the Orsini and Borgia, both papal families and also a museum. The castle is a centre of cultural events, there were several high-profiles wedding like ones of Tom Curise with Katie Holmes or Eros Ramazzotti with Michelle Hunziker. The journey from Rome takes approx. one hour by car or by train (stations of Ostiense or Valle Aurelia). The guided tours are given in Italian and in English.

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Basilica di San Clemente


Via Labicana, 95, 00184 Roma

webbasilicasanclemente.com phone+39 06 774 0021

S. Clemente is a stunning 12th century basilica, built on top of a 4th century church, built on top of a Roman insula and Mithraeum and all these structures are almost complete! To walk down under the basilica is a hugely atmospheric experience: there is a labyrinth of aisles, rooms, you hear and see running water... and you really feel that you are going back in time. Well worth the small entrance fee, but try to avoid school parties if you possibly can!

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Villa d’Este (Tivoli, 25 km east of Rome)


Villa d’Este, Piazza Trento, 5, 00019 Tivoli RM

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Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Villa d'Este is a masterpiece and extraordinary example of Renaissance garden design and architecture of the 16th century. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it constitutes a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles. The Villa was was built between 1549–1569 and owned by the family d'Este, later became the property of the Habsburgs.

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Italian Air force Museum, Bracciano lake


Museo Storico dell' Aeronautica Militare, Strada Circumlacuale, Vigna di Valle, Bracciano

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Located about 40 km to the North-East of Rome at Vigna di Valle, on the southern side of the Bracciano lake, the Italian Air Force Museum (Museo Storico dell' Aeronautica Militare) offers visitors an excellent, unique collection of Italian aircraft from the early days of flying until today. There are many very rare Italian built aircrafts displayed at the museum.

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Castello Caetani, Sermoneta


Via della Fortezza, 04013 Sermoneta

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The massive, well-preserved Caetani castle is located in the medieval hillside town of Sermoneta, about 85 km south-east of Rome. It was built for the Annibaldi family in the early 13th century as a military fortress. That time the castle was used as a bastion of strategic importance between Naples and Rome and also as a noble house. The castle is embedded in the solid rock and its outer walls are 3 meters thick. There are two towers (one 42 metres tall and another shorter one), a church and a cistern to collect rain water. Every full hour is a guided tour in Italian.

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Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)


Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma

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This impressive, extravagant Baroque monument dominates the small Trevi square located in the Quirinale district and was immortalised in the movie La Dolce Vita with the legendary Anita Ekberg. The masterpiece, built by Niccola Salvi and Bernini. was finished in 1762. The central figure of the fountain is Neptune - God of the sea. He is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell, pulled by two sea horses. Each sea horse is guided by a Triton. One of the horses is calm and obedient, the other one restive. They symbolize the fluctuating moods of the sea.

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Villa Gregoriana (Tivoli, 25 km east of Rome)


villa Gregoriana, Largo Sant'Angelo, 00019 Tivoli RM

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Positioned in a very steep valley carved out at the foot at the ancient acropolis of Tivoli, villa Gregoriana is one of the most fascinating, special parks in Europe. It was created by Pope Gregory XVI. in 1834 to defend the town of Tivoli from the ruinous floods of the Aniene river. The park consists mainly of thick woodlands with paths that lead to the caves of Neptune and the Sirens, which form part of a series of gorges and cascades, and to the Great Waterfall. You need good shoes and condition!

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Galleria Borghese


villa Borghese, Roma

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One of the most beautiful small museums in the world. Its collections are housed in a magnificent 17th-century villa and offer a compact course in the Italian aesthetic. In 20 rooms, you are exposed to antiquities, the Renaissance and the beginnings of baroque art. Visits to the Galleria in the northeast corner of the Villa Borghese park are by reservation, which allows you the pleasure of seeing the Bernini masterpieces without being crowded out.

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