Frascati and the Tuscolan Villas: between the Renaissance and the Baroque

Excursion of the Tuscolan villas from Rome

Guided visit of Frascati, tour of the Roman Castles

8 hours
Proprietà: Private
Pets allowed

An excursion to Frascati from Rome between art and gastronomy. We will visit Frascati, Grottaferrata and the Tuscolan Villas, once summer residences of the nobility today witnesses of the uniqueness and grandeur of this territory. Lunch in the villa included.

What you will visit

  • Discover Frascati and Grottaferrata with an experienced professional guide
  • Stroll through the characteristic alleys of the historic city center
  • Visit to Villa Mondragone, the largest of the Tuscolan villas
  • Enjoy lunch in the prestigious Grazioli Art Bistrot restaurant
  • Visit the Greek Abbey of San Nilo



10:30 - 11:30

Frascati guided tour

  • Arrival in Frascati (at the station car park). Meeting with the guide and start of the tour.

Arrival in Frascati by own transport or by train from Rome. For those who choose the “transport excluded” formula, it will be possible to use your own car to move from one place to another.

  • Guided tour of the town

A tour of Frascati, one of the most renowned towns of the Roman Castles, famous for the various Tuscolan villas, once home to illustrious patrician families.

The town is also often remembered for the Neo-Renaissance Baroque Cathedral of Saint Peter and the church of Gesù built in the eighteenth century by the genius of Carlo Fontana.

11:30 - 13:00

Visit to Villa Mondragone

  • Visit to Villa Mondragone, the largest of the Tuscolan villas.

Building started in 1573 by Cardinal Altemps, Mondragone lives its period of maximum expansion between the Renaissance and the beginning of the Baroque. It was the summer residence of the popes until 1626 when the new Pope Urban VIII moved it to Castel Gandolfo.

Visit of the interiors, including the wonderful Hall of the Svizzeri, the splendid Garden of the Girandola, the majestic Portico del Vasanzio and the Theatre of the Acque.

  • Villa Aldobrandini (exterior)

The Villa situated in the Roman Castles dominates all of Rome. The centuries-old villa stands on a panoramic hill overlooking the entrance to the town and has seen powerful families often linked to the papacy within its walls.

13:00 - 16:30

Lunch in Villa Grazioli and visit of Grottaferrata

  • Lunch at Villa Grazioli

The Villa has been transformed into a 5-star hotel with the prestigious Grazioli Art Bistrot restaurant. In the summer, you can have lunch outside on the exclusive terrace overlooking Rome.

Villa Grazioli is an ancient cardinal’s villa located in a panoramic position on the Tusculum hill. We will visit the interior with the splendid frescoed rooms and the wonderful gardens overlooking Rome. The Villa is surrounded by a large centuries-old park, where guests can relax in contact with nature, in a context of peace and silence, away from the chaos of the city.

  • Take a stroll through Grottaferrata, an elegant town in the Roman castles
  • Visit of the Greek Abbey of San Nilo

The Abbey was founded in 1004 and is currently the last of the Byzantine rite monasteries in Italy.

Built on the foundations of an important Roman villa, it incorporates the so-called Grotta Ferrata (cryptaferrata): a sepulchral cell presumed to be the tomb of Tulliola, daughter of Cicero. Along the way you can admire the Farnese Chapel with frescoes by Domenichino and the icon of Mary with Child by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Return to Frascati and end of the tour.


Included/not included

The excursion includes:

  • Professional guide 3 hours + 3 hours;
  • Walking tour of Frascati
  • Entrance ticket and visit to  Villa Mondragone;
  • Lunch at Villa Grazioli with 3 course menu
  • Entrance to the Abbey of San Nilo

Does not included :

  • Tips and personal extras
  • Private transfer from Rome or Frascati station

    This tour is on request for individuals and groups.

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