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The Woods of the Capuchin's Convent
Path: Cappuccini - Palazzolo


From the Capuchin's Convent starts one of the most beautiful path of the Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani, winding along the southern slope of the Lake Albano, crossing a rich wood. The particular morphology of the southern slope, very steep, prevented the modifications of the landscape, which happened in the majority of the Colli Albani's woods.
Here, it is possible to observe the ancient aspects of the original wood of the Castelli Romani. Before starting our walk, visit the Convent and the adjacent sacral wood, with its monumental and very old trees. The Wood of the Capuchin's Convent is part of the Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani. Its five-hectare-wide area belongs to a Partial Botanic Reserve.

Area's Natural Characteristics
The Convent's wood consists of numerous arboreal high trunk kinds: oaks, lindens, maples, and a lot of great ilexes. There is even a rare plant: the pimpinelloides, a Balkan plant very frequent in Albano Laziale. Among the shrubs, there are plants of holly and viburnum. There is also a rare kind: the Job's Tears, whose oily and edible seeds are used as beads for the rosary. The bay indeed was planted by man. The fauna consists of numerous woodpeckers, singing and flying continuosly from one tree to another. There are other species, which excavate nesting cavities such as the dendrocupus major, the Jynx torquilla and the great tits. Among the bird's singings, it can be heard that of the serin and that of the Picus virdis; this bird eats ants not along the tree's trunk but on the ground.

To reach the Capuchin's Convent woods, from the centre of Albano cross via S. Francesco, after the hospital “Regina Apostolorum” on the right and the amphitheatre on the left, you will find the wood's entrance to the right of the steps leading to the church. For a longer walk follow the Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani's signs: from the Capuchin's wood cross the road 72/b (Capuchins in Albano) and near a kiosk where you can park, there is the path leading to the Palazzolo Convent. This path is long 2,430 kilometres, and it is not difficult. It will take you about an hour to go through it. Along the path it is possible to come down to the hermitage of S. Angelo in Lacu (430m).

Roads and Public Transports
By Car: From Rome, cross via Appia Nuova following the road signs to Albano Laziale.
By Train: There is a train starting each hour from Rome. It will take you 50 minutes to reach Albano Laziale. For information on train timetable call the phone number: 848888088 or visit the web page: The railway station is at a distance of 1 km from the Convent.
By Bus: Rome-Velletri. (Cotral bus service phone number 800431784, phone number 067222153) from the underground station ‘Anagnina' of the Linea A. It will take you about 40 minutes to reach Mazzini in Albano Laziale. The bus-stop is at a distance of 400 m from the Convent.


The entrance is always open. For information call the Azienda autonoma di soggiorno e turismo "Dei Laghi e Castelli Romani" via Risorgimento n.2, 00041 Albano Laziale (RM), phone 069324081/2, fax 069320040.

Tourist signs
There are tourist signs to reach the Capuchins Convent. There is an explanatory board at the beginning of the path, but not along it.

Further Information
Web sites:,,,
Books: AA.VV., 1996. Quattordici sentieri tra natura e archeologia dei Castelli Romani e Prenestini. Editore XI Townstà Montana del Lazio Castelli Romani e Prenestini, via della Pineta 69, Rocca Priora (RM); Bassani P., Lotti L., 1992. Alberi e arbusti del Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani. Edizioni del Parco, Rocca di Papa (RM); Marciano M., 1991. Guida archeologica del Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani. Edizioni del Parco, Rocca di Papa (RM).

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