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S. Silvestro - S. Maria del Castagno


From the hill towering over Monte Compatri it is possible to see the typical shape of the crater of the Monti Tuscolani and of Monte Artemisio. This is a charming panorama, and the summer cool breeze is a really pleasure. During Paolo V and Urban VIII papacy, the faithful people climbed the slope leading from Monte Compatri to the Santa Maria del Castagno chapel, to receive their indulgences, crossing the shadowy woods and suffering from fatigues. Nowadays, crossing the same path, after the church you can see a charming panorama: Tuscolo, Monte Cavo and the Artemisio Mounts, forming an horseshoe-shaped crater, with its concavity toward west, south-west. From the convent of San Silvestro you can see the wide chestnut woods, extending from Colle Lano, through Monte Cavo’s slopes to Monti delle Faete.

Area's Natural Characteristics
During spring and summer while flying in the sky over this area, the common swifts and the martins try to catch insects and to reach the peak of this hill. Their black feathers remind of those of the swallow, but as for the martins it is concerned, they have white feathers on the venter and on the tail. Among the broom’s bushes during spring and summer it is possible to hear the chirp of the hippolais polyglotta, a small yellow bird. Among the bushes it is possible to hear also the chirp of the Sylvia melanocephala, a small Mediterranean passerine with a red eye and a black head.

The asphalted road leading to the Convent begins from Piazza Garibaldi in Monte Compatri. To reach the hill, from the Convent of San Silvestro, cross the slope (via Stella Polare) (1 km).

Roads and Public Transports
By car: From Rome cross the highway A1 Rome-Naples (slip-road Monte Porzio Catone) following the road signs for Monte Compatri. From Piazza Garibaldi follow the road signs for the Convent of San Silvestro.
By train: Line Rome-Frascati. There is a train starting each hour from Rome. It will take you half an hour to reach Frascati. For information on train timetable call the phone number 848888088 or visit the web page Through a series of steps you will reach piazzale G. Marconi, where it is possible to take a bus for Monte Compatri (line Frascati-Rocca Priora). It will take you 15 minutes to reach Monte Compatri.
By Bus: Rome-Rocca Priora. (Cotral bus service phone number 800431784, phone number 067222153) starting from the underground station ‘Anagnina’ of the Linea A. It will take you 40 minutes to reach Monte Compatri (Bus stop: Graveyard). You can take a local bus from Piazza Garibaldi till the Convent (1km). (For information on bus timetable ask to the owner of the shop of electrical appliances “Merolli”).

Landscape, Botany

For information phone to the Parco Regionale Villa Barattolo, via C. Battisti n.5, phone number 069495253/5 e Fax: 069495254, or to the XI Townstà Montana del Lazio - Castelli Romani e Prenestini", Via della Pineta n.69, 00040 Rocca Priora (RM), phone number 069470820.

Tourist signs

Further Information
Web sites: ,,
Books: Bassani P., Cantiani G.P., 1997. L’ambiente naturale del Vulcano Laziale. Ed. XI Townstà Montana del Lazio “Castelli Romani e Prenestini”, Rocca Priora (RM); AA.VV., 1996; 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).

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