The 10 Best Things to Do in Genzano di Roma, Italy

August 2, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Genzano di Roma is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Rome, in the Lazio region of central Italy. It is one of the Castelli Romani, at a distance of 29 kilometres (18 mi) from Rome, in the Alban Hills.
Restaurants in Genzano di Roma

1. Nemi

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 00040 Nemi, Italy +39 06 936 8348
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4.5 based on 308 reviews

Nemi

Reviewed By Dominic W

Strawberry capital. Medieval village overlooking the lake. We had a wonderful afternoon. Corkscrew road in - over a bridge, through a curved tunnel and back under the bridge. At the far end of the village there is a path dropping below the walls to a cafe with views over the lake.

2. Ponte di Ariccia

Via Appia Nuova Ariccia, 00040 Ariccia, Italy
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4 based on 172 reviews

Ponte di Ariccia

Reviewed By GiovanniandJenn - Chania Town, Greece

Great view, sunset, surrounding villages and the sea... a pleasant stroll. The bridge leads you to the Piazza della Repubblica, the main square of Ariccia.

3. Palazzo Sforza Cesarini

00045 Genzano di Roma, Italy +39 06 9371 1243
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4 based on 38 reviews

Palazzo Sforza Cesarini

Reviewed By claudio d - Viterbo, Italy

L'attuale aspetto del palazzo si deve agli interventi effettuati agli inizi del 1700 da Gaetano Sforza (i Cesarini infatti, alla morte di Giuliano III non avendo figli maschi si unirono agli Sforza tramite Livia Cesarini, figlia di Giuliano III e inizialmente entrata in convento). Interessante la facciata che presenta le distanze tra le finestre che si accorciano man mano che dal centro si va verso i lati (in teoria questo espediente serviva a dare alla facciata un aspetto curvo, anche se a me non ha dato affatto questa impressione); anche il portale non è in asse con il palazzo ma con il viale che confluisce nella piazza antistante il palazzo (oggi via Don Giuseppe Morosini) e che una volta rappresentava l'asse principale delle "Olmate".
Il palazzo è visitabile internamente al costo di 3 euro. Con il biglietto cumulativo di 5 euro potrete visitare anche il parco, ma vi avverto che quest'ultimo non è al momento visitabile nel suo intero percorso.
Il percorso di visita, tramite guida, non è molto vasto, e le stanze visitabili non sono eccezionali, ma la guida è stata prodiga di particolari sulla storia del palazzo, delle famiglie che lo hanno posseduto e dello stesso paese di Genzano; inoltre tutti gli ambienti visitabili sono fruibili al 100%, nel senso che la guida ci ha fatto affacciare al balcone sulla piazza antistante, ai balconi che danno sul lago di Nemi e ci ha anche accompagnato sul terrazzo, da cui si vede l'intero lago. Finita la visita guidata si è anche liberi di intrattenersi nelle sale dove è allestita la mostra di quadri della collezione Hager-Sportelli.
In finale i 3 euro del biglietto possono considerarsi adeguati.

Via Aurelio Saffi, Albano Laziale, Italy +39 06 932 3490
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Cisternone

Reviewed By Michael C

Very private one-on-one tour with the museum curator on the day I visited. Once the door was opened and I was allowed to descend the steep stairs to arrive in the cistern I felt as if I was transported back 2000 years. The architecture is amazing and he sheer size of the arches and entire structure is amazing. It's not just one cistern but rather three cisterns. There are 36 pillars that subjugate the various aisles. The plan is of a trapezoidal plan that is over 48 meters long. The cisterns were constructed in the 1st century AD and later used for the 2nd Legion Casterna.
I would recommend calling the museum (069323490) to arrange a tour. The cost of 10.50 Euros will enable you access not only to the Second Legion Museum but also the Amphitheatre, the cisterns, and "The Rotonda". Not only great access to the sites but with a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Just know that they only speak Italian.

5. Lake Albano

00041 Castel Gandolfo, Italy +39 333 418 3703
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4.5 based on 283 reviews

Lake Albano

Reviewed By glenuehlein - West Palm Beach, Florida

Lake Albano is one of the MUST SEE sights while visiting Castel Gandolfo. Words can't adequately describe the beauty of this lake - an ancient volcano. Photo opportunities abound here. I always have to get photos and selfies. This is really magnificent with the Mountains in the background! A MUST SEE!

6. Abbazia Greca di San Nilo

Corso del Popolo 128, 00046 Grottaferrata, Italy +39 06 945 9309
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4.5 based on 369 reviews

Abbazia Greca di San Nilo

Reviewed By lorinhesse - Boston, Massachusetts

We came here in the evening and it was very nice by night - lit up beautifully. We got some great architectural pictures. Everything, however, was closed so we only saw the outside.

7. Lago di Nemi

00040 Nemi, Italy +39 06 936 8147
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4.5 based on 391 reviews

Lago di Nemi

Reviewed By RonL40 - Utica, New York

Stunning lake that looks like it has been scooped out of the landscape... which it has, by a volcano. Steep sides, very calm water, great views. Several villages surround the Lake & during a break from nature, you can eat like a local at one of the tiny trattoria. Great break from the quick pace of Rome.

8. Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo

Via Ippolito 4 | Piazza di Corte, 00072 Ariccia, Italy +39 06 933 0637
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo

Reviewed By V581ZSdonb - Sydney, Australia

A most unusual church with an austere but beautiful interior. It stands on the edge of a precipice and if you are passing through, it is well worth a stop.

9. Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo

00040 Castel Gandolfo, Italy +39 06 6988 3145
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4.5 based on 807 reviews

Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo

Reviewed By awjones53 - Anglesey, United Kingdom

Caught the train from Termini, very cheap but watch your timetable. Our pre booked English speaking guided tour started at 10.30 and big gap between 9.00 am train and the next available. Train clean, new and punctual.
A steep climb from the train station should help you loose a few pounds, took about 20 minutes but if not very mobile maybe there is an alternative route?
Security at the palace strict so take identity documents - as ticket details instruct you to do.
The Gardens are well away from the palace and well worth seeing. A good guide, as we had, is worth her weight in gold. Fascinating blend of the old and new.
The palace rather austere in a gilded, ornate sort of way. Interesting but also an extra 5 euro on top of what I had booked online. Probably my fault.
Lovely day out from Rome

10. Tempio Santa Maria Della Rotonda

Via Della Rotonda, 00047, Albano Laziale, Italy
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Tempio Santa Maria Della Rotonda

Reviewed By Goffredo P - Albano Laziale, Italy

l'importante è avere una buona guida, stiamo parlando del sig.Angelo, dipendente del locale Museo e sempre disponibile ad accompagnare i visitatori ed a dare loro spiegazioni.
Le origini si perdono nell'età imperiale e sono state anche delle terme.
Numerosi sono i reperti archeologici ben visibili nelle allegate foto.

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