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HOW TO TURN A WALK TO THE ROMAN CASTLES INTO A LUXURY TOUR

The landscape of the Alban Hills between taste and culture

In ancient times the favourite summer destination of the Roman nobility, the area of the Alban Hills, better known as the Castelli Romani, is a small paradise just outside the chaos of the city, characterized by ancient villages, picturesque villages, medieval castles and picturesque volcanic lakes. With its many historical, artistic, archaeological and culinary attractions, this landscape always attracts many visitors to spend an unforgettable out-of-town trip.

A tour in luxury car to discover the Roman countryside

A suggestive day immersed in history, in the name of taste, to discover the beauties of this territory with its peculiar food and wine and naturalistic features. An exclusive tour in luxury cars where you can discover local traditions and flavours, passing through the most suggestive and characteristic villages of the territory: Frascati, Ariccia, Nemi, Castel Gandolfo. Let yourself be fascinated by their particular beauty.

Frascati, the city of wine

Starting from via Veneto by car and following the route of the Via Appia and Via Tuscolana, the first village that deserves to be visited is Frascati, famous for its wine production and, together with its panoramic position and the presence of sumptuous noble residences late Renaissance and Baroque, is considered the symbol of the country of the Castelli Romani. There is also an outdoor visit to the gardens of Villa Aldobrandini, whose position dominates Rome and the village of Frascati, from which you can see a 360 degree panorama of Rome (the gardens can be visited from Monday to Friday in 9-13 and 15-18 hours). After the visit, the tour continues discovering the centre of Frascati: along the main avenue you pass through the cathedral of San Pietro Apostolo, you enter the inhabited centre where you meet the old cellars, today the seat of a “widespread” museum, which shows the winemaking process. The route at the end includes a tasting of the famous local wines, which can not miss in this place.

Ariccia, the home of the porchetta

Starting off from Frascati by car, you will drive through the Roman countryside towards Ariccia, crossing Grottaferrata, Marino, Castel Gandolfo and Albano. The arrival is announced by the monumental Bridge of Ariccia, one of the most important engineering works of the nineteenth century. You can visit the small medieval village starting from the main square, Piazza della Repubblica, dominated by the imposing Palazzo Chigi and the complex designed by the architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini: the fountains and the church of Santa Maria dell’Assunzione. But Ariccia is above all the country of the pig, local gastronomic specialty, which represents the main reason of its world popularity. It is worth having lunch in one of the typical local taverns, the fraschette, and taste the typical dishes of Roman cuisine accompanied by the famous local wines and bread of Genzano, a homemade PGI, leaving the dessert still pending.

Nemi, the strawberry village

Leaving Ariccia, the gastronomic tour ends in Nemi, an ancient village that has preserved its peculiar medieval aspects, mainly known for the strawberry festival and the lake of the same name. Enjoying a privileged panoramic view of the lake, you can enjoy excellent strawberry cakes in one of the typical bars of the village.

Castel Gandolfo, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy

Returning to Rome, the tour ends with a walk along the shores of Lake Albano and the centre of Castel Gandolfo, an elegant medieval village, considered one of the most beautiful in Italy for its position and historical evidence. The main square of the village is characterized by the presence of the Pontifical Palace, from which the Pope recites the Sunday Angelus in the summer, and the Church of St. Thomas of Villanova by the famous architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Famous also for the Pope’s summer residence, Castel Gandolfo boasts a privileged view of the lake and has characteristic corners, views and panoramic points that allow you to admire the beauty of the surrounding landscape in which the town is immersed, the Regional Park of the Roman Castles.

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WHY ENJOYING THE LUXURY OF STAYING IN A SUITE

Wishes and expectations

Sleeping in a luxury suite is not a futile whim, but a conscious choice, which denotes the ability to know how to take care of yourself and give your stay a unique and unforgettable atmosphere. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, it is important to prefer an accommodation that facilitates travel and allows you to enjoy the beauty of the place, while at the same time offering moments of wellness in the name of relaxation, aesthetics and taste.

Quality standards

To be included in the category of luxury, a hotel must necessarily meet certain standards of quality and excellence. The use of high-quality materials, sophisticated design and a superior service are undoubtedly essential requirements. However, what really characterizes a luxury suite is the presence of a specific area dedicated to wellness, possibly private, in order to ensure a truly exclusive stay.

Aesthetics, taste and well-being

The frenetic rhythms of contemporary life do not always allow us to take care of ourselves. A holiday is an essential break to relax, pamper yourself and rediscover a dimension of balance and well-being. Choosing a destination rich in history and culture, aiming at a refined location, able to offer excellent food and exclusive services, can represent an ideal compromise to treat yourself to an experience that will refresh the body and enrich the spirit.

Hospitality and care

Reputation is built up through time, commitment and attention. To treat yourself to a truly exclusive holiday, it is important to rely on a structure that has a well-established reputation, which is able to offer a stay designed for the specific needs of guests and a high standard of hospitality and care.

MADE IN ITALY: THE BRANDS THAT EXPORT LUXURY TO THE WORLD

A distinctive mark

Italian brands have always been synonymous with excellence, taste and refinement. Beloved worldwide for their design, fine workmanship and ability to communicate a status symbol, they are the world’s leading luxury consumer goods. Among the most appreciated Italian luxury brands in the world are Gucci and Ferrari, leaders in the automotive sector. In Italy, the ranking that measures the level of reputation in the luxury sector sees Giorgio Armani in first place, followed by Valentino, Bulgari, Gucci, Prada and Tod’s.

RAILS: a dream on four wheels

Masterpieces of design, power and technology, Ferrari models have dominated the dreams of motor enthusiasts for over sixty years. Opened in 1947, the prancing horse stable boasts excellent Formula 1 records and renowned connoisseurs such as Eric Clapton, Tommy Hillfiger and star chef Gordon Ramsey. The current 8-cylinder model range includes the GTG4 luxury T, the 488 Spider and the Portofino. The 12-cylinder model series boasts the luxury GTC4 and 812 Superfast, which was unveiled at the 87th Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.

Italian fashion on the red carpet: Giorgio Armani’s refined elegance

Fashion, especially in luxury, is a distinctive feature that sets new rules and trends every year. Many film stars have paraded on the red carpet with clothes that were signed by the greatest Italian designers. At the 2017 Oscars, five actresses, including Nicole Kidman and Isabelle Huppert, showed off models from the Armani Privé collection, while Dakota Johnson and Ryan Gosling relied on the Gucci brand. Italian beauty and elegance icon Sofia Loren has always preferred Armani’s clothes and adored Dolce & Gabbana’s lace models.

Via Dei Condotti: luxury shopping in the centre of Rome

The triangle between Piazza di Spagna, Via Frattina and Via del Babuino, in the heart of Rome’s exclusive district, hosts ateliers and luxury boutiques, where you can buy clothes, shoes and accessories from the collections of the most famous Italian brands. Along Via dei Condotti, the street that connects Piazza di Spagna to Via del Corso, you will find boutiques of the most famous high fashion houses: MaxMara, Ermenegildo Zegna, Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Tod’s and Salvatore Ferragamo. Those who love gold and precious stones, of course, cannot fail to visit the Bulgari jewellery shop and the Damiani boutique, respectively at number 10 and number 84 Via dei Condotti.