Places of Interest near Zagarolo
There are also many Places of Interest nearby, historical & food/wine day trips to enjoy during your visit. Palestrina is well worth a visit, and the Toy Museum in Zagarolo is a surprising local gem. Not to forget the beautiful Villas of Tivoli.
The National Archaeological Museum of Palestrina “Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Palestrina” – inside the Colonna-Barberini Palace, opened in 1998, based principally on different themes: cult of Fortune, Hellenistic and Iconic sculpture to the Augustan and Imperial Age.
Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia in Palestrina (Praeneste) “Santuario Oracolare della Fortuna Primigenia” – The sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia is a sacred area dedicated to the goddess Fortuna of the city Praeneste (today Palestrina, Rome).
Cattedrale di Sant’Agapito – The church of Saint Agapitus martyr is the cathedral of the suburbic diocese of Palestrina.
Antro delle Sorti, mosaico dei pesci – Antro delle Forti is one of the most important archaeological sites in Palestrina. For a long time this space was chosen as a sort of “inferior sanctuary” and only later recognised as a forum. According to a legend it was precisely here that a man found wooden tablets oracles: the tables of fate. Of particular interest, the Fish Mosaic
Birthplace of Pierluigi da Palestrina (Palestrina) “Casa Natale di Pierluigi (Palestrina)” – The birthplace of the famous Renaissance composer has been restored respecting the sixteenth-century structure of origin.
Zagarolo Toy Museum “Museo del Giocattolo di Zagarolo” – Located within the prestigious rooms of Palazzo Rospigliosi.
Archaeological Site: Ludus Gladiatorii Il Tondo (I Sec) – The remains of a small 1st century amphitheater, called “Il Tondo”, part of a large and rich Roman villa. Here private performances were held or, according to an authoritative hypothesis that identifies the site as a ludus gladiatorius, the gladiators’ training of the not distant Praeneste (Palestrina).
Via Francigena – Via Francigena, Franchigena, Francisca or Romea, is part of a series of roads, also called romee routes, which from western Europe, in particular from France, led to Rome and from there continued towards Puglia, where there were the ports of embarkation for the Holy Land, a destination for pilgrims and crusaders. [Cit. wikipedia] For further information please ask our staff.
Rainbow Magic Land – The largest amusement park in Rome and its province. Visit the site
Well worth a visit, Tivoli was a summer retreat for ancient Romans & is home to two Unesco World Heritage Sites: Hadrian’s Villa & Villa d’Este.
Villa d’Este – A splendid example of mannerist and baroque design. The primary attraction are the fantastic gardens with it’s incredible 500 fountains.
Hadrian’s Villa “Villa Adriana” – Emperor Hadrian had the villa constructed as a retreat from Rome during the second and third decades of the 2nd century AD.
Villa Gregoriana – An enchanting park in a steep valley at the foot of the acropolis of Tivoli. Due to flooding in 1826 where local houses were destroyed, Pope Gregory XVI ordered the water to be diverted, creating a majestic waterfall.
Literally translated “Roman Castles“, but instead refers to a collection of wine-producing hill-towns south-east of Rome. Here you’ll also find some of the most attractive natural features of the Lazio region e.g. Albano and Nemi crater lakes in the volcanic district of the Alban Hills.
Food & Wine Tours
Frascati historical town center
Palazzo Chigi of Ariccia
Le Fraschette di Ariccia – A journey of traditional flavors: Porchetta, Roman and Ciociara cuisine.
“Museo delle Navi Romane” Museum of Roman ships
Atmospheric town of Nemi overlooking the lake & well known for its wild strawberries, which are celebrated at the beginning of June with the traditional festival of strawberries.
Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo
Greek Abbey of San Nilo Grottaferrata, Italy