Environment> Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani

Town: ROCCA DI PAPA, (Seat of the Parco)

The modest heights characterizing the hills, their sunny position, the beauty of the historical centres, closeness to Rome, all these factors make the Colli Albani's area, the ideal restful place for all those persons tired of the chaotic city. Within the Parco there are a lot of paths across the woods, easy to walk through both for adults and babies.
The Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani was created with the Regional Law no. 2/84, modified by the Regional Laws no. 64/84, no. 63/90 and no. 29/97. It was founded to preserve and increase the cultural and natural characteristics of the Colli Albani's area, and to contribute to territory's re-balancing and to the economical and social development of local people.

The towns belonging to the Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani are: Albano Laziale, Ariccia, Castel Gandolfo, Frascati, Genzano di Roma, Grottaferrata, Lanuvio, Lariano, Marino, Montecompatri, Monte Porzio Catone, Nemi, Rocca di Papa, Rocca Priora, Velletri. The natural reserve covers an area of 9,500 hectares


The Parco can be reached by car from the Raccordo Anulare through the main roads linking Rome with its surroundings: via appia nuova, via tuscolana and via anagnina or through the highway A1 Rome – Naples (slip-roads: Monte Porzio Catone, San Cesareo and Valmontone). The Railway station in Rome is linked to the railway stations in Albano Laziale, Castel Gandolfo, Frascati, Marino and Velletri. From the underground station of Anagnina Line A, there are Cotral busses to reach the Castelli Romani.
Links with Rocca di Papa
By car: from Rome cross the via Appia (S.S.7, slip-road 23 of the G.R.A.), cross the via dei laghi (S.S. 217) turning to the left once you reach the 12th km of this road. The car can be parked in front of Villa Barattolo.
By bus: Rome-Rocca di Papa. (Cotral bus service phone number 067222153), from the underground station ‘Anagnina’ of the Linea A. It will take you 50 minutes to reach Rocca di Papa (Bus stop: Piazza della Repubblica).

Botany/ fauna/ geology/ landscape

The entrance to the paths within the Parco as well as to the picnic areas at the Lake Albano and at the Bosco Ferentano are free.
There is a path at the seat of the Parco (Villa Barattolo), which is very interesting from the botanic point of view. It is possible to ride horses and to do excursions following simple paths. It is also possible to see the numerous historical and archaeological ruins. If you have a mountain-bike run through the 34-kilometre-long track “Sentiero Vulcano”.
For information on paths, guided visits and guidebooks phone to the Parco at Rocca di Papa villa Barattolo, via C. Battisti n.5, phone 069495253/5, fax: 069495254. At the seat there is also a visitors centre where you can better plan your trip through the Castelli Romani. For information regarding some paths, among which the “Sentiero Vulcano” phone to the XI Comunità Via della Pineta n.69, 00040 Rocca Priora (RM), phone 069470820.

Tourist signs
Roads signs to direct visitors within the Parco and explanatory boards. Absence of a clear description of the paths.

Further information
Web sites: http://www.parks.it/parco.castelli.romani/index.htm http://www.xicomunitamontana.lazio.it
Books: Bassani P., Cantiani G.P., 1997. L’ambiente naturale del Vulcano Laziale. Ed. XI Comunità Montana del Lazio “Castelli Romani e Prenestini”, Rocca Priora (RM); Bassani P., Lotti L., 1992. Alberi e arbusti del Parco Reginale dei Castelli Romani. Casa editrice del Parco dei Castelli Romani, Rocca di Papa (RM); Cherubini L., 2000. Fuori Roma – guida dei siti archeologici, storici, naturali e ricreativi della campagna romana. Italia Nostra – Onlus, Roma; Marciano M., 1991. Guida archeologica del Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani. Edizioni del Parco, Rocca di Papa (RM); AA.VV., 1993. 14 Routes – Lazio. Guide geologiche regionali, vol. 5. Società Geologica Italiana, Roma; AA.VV., 1996. Quattordici sentieri tra natura e archeologia dei Castelli Romani e Prenestini. Editore XI Comunità Montana del Lazio Castelli Romani e Prenestini, via della Pineta 69, Rocca Priora (RM).

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