A way out to the southeast of the city, Castelli Romani is an idyllic group of villages that make a welcome break from the city. Nestled in among hilltops, forests, and volcanic lakes, some of them even date back as far (or further) than Rome itself, as you can tell from the abundance of ancient ruins in the area. You won’t be the first to be inspired by the area – it’s cropped up in the works of writers and artists as diverse and Horace, Turner, Goethe and D’Azeglio. There are trains into some of the villages from Roma Termini, but a car makes getting around once you’re there far easier.
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