The week long trip to Rome and Frascati in July 2005 was based around an old friend’s wedding. At the time her father was living on the Villa Aldobrandini estate in Frascati, which dates back to 1550. The villa and grounds are not usually open to the public, so we considered ourselves most fortunate as it’s certainly ranked as one of the most elegant wedding venues I’ve ever visited.
Frascati itself is a sweet little town and easy to explore on foot. We stayed in an expensive hotel above Frascati, but unfortunately the gardeners chose to start mowing the grass at dawn every day, which ruined what should have been a restful stay. On the other hand, the train journey to Rome is less than 30 minutes and the trains run every hour, so the Rome day trips were simple and stress-free. Most memorable were the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and of course the Colosseum, partly because I remember how blissfully free of visitors they were when we went.
The Alban Hills or Colli Albani provide welcome relief from the Roman heat, particularly if you go by car. We stopped at Nemi for a spot of lunch at the Trattoria Terrazza sul Lago, sitting on the balcony over the lake. Nearby is the Pope’s summer residence Castel Gandolfo, which overlooks Lake Albano.
Other sites worth visiting include the Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla), the second largest Roman public baths and now a regular concert venue, and the Etruscan Necropolis of Cerveteri, a UNESCO World Heritage site and eerie experience with its thousands of tombs.
Here are a few of my favourite photos from the trip.