Rome & the Roman Castles
- Live Rome like a local and discover its unknown gems
- Stay in a small boutique hotel right in the heart of Trastevere
- Stay in an apartment in an 400-year-old building with a terrace overlooking the city (no elevator)
- Explore the iconic historical sites and learn about Rome’s rich history with our passionate expert tour guide
- Eat porchetta, a traditional Italian pork roast, at a typical fraschetta in Ariccia, a town just 45 minutes from Rome
- Spend a day at the Castelli Romani, Roman Castles, 13 little villages just outside of Rome and visit the Pope’s summer residence at Castel Gandolfo on Lake Albano
- Enjoy a meal at nonna’s house. Every knows grandmothers are the best cooks!
Villa d’Este in Tivoli
A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Villa d’Este is a 16th century villa in Tivoli, just a short drive outside of Rome and one of Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The villa’s splendor resides in its fountains and renaissance gardens and it set the example for many future villas that were built throughout Europe during the Baroque period.
Grand Food & Wine Tasting Tour
at the Castelli Romani
Don’t just see the landscape… taste its fruits! Spend the day indulging in a variety of carefully selected fresh and local foods and try some of the best wines in the region.
The tour includes stops in:
- Frascati’s vineyard
- Castelgandolfo and lake Albano
- Ariccia with lunch at a typical fraschetta romana
- Nemi with tastings of its wild strawberries & fresh cream
Explore Underground Rome
If you have a passion for archelogy and historical artifacts, put on your Indiana Jones hat and come explore the undergrounds of Rome like a true archeologist!
Throughout the centuries, only two Jewish catacombs survived and Vigna Randanini is one of them and also the best-preserved. Inside, there are many inscriptions in Greek and Latin with detailed Jewish references. Many are the symbols and drawings on the stone walls, from animals to natural elements. Of particular importance is a large drawing representing the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem that is currently being restored thanks to the efforts of archeologists.
If you like to crawl in small spaces and get your hands dirty to excavate and possible find new relics, you will not want to miss these caves. Some of the caves here are still being excavated and new findings, including bones, are constantly uncovered so you never know what discovery you may be a part of!
Chiocciola di Villa Medici
If you’ve ever looked at some of the majestic fountains like Trevi Fountain and the Fountain of the Four Rivers and wondered where all that water comes from, this tour is for you!
The chiocciola, Italian for snail, is a spiral staircase, built in a 25-feet deep well, that was discovered in the east corner of the Medici palace. It leads down to the aqueduct Vergine, Italian for Virgo, and if you lean over from the walkway, you can see the water that has been quietly flowing for over 2000 years and feeding some of the main fountains of Renaissance Rome.
Photo gallery by Gianfranco Folchitto + biography
Gianfranco Folchitto was born in Rome in 1947 where he grew up and earned an MBA at la Sapienza University. When he was 18, he began to play professional basketball and did so for 15 years.
In 1970 he joined General Motors in Italy and quickly raised to the top and became the Director of Marketing for GM Southern Europe. In 2009, he decided to leave GM to embark on an exciting journey with Sotterranei di Roma (Undergrounds of Rome) as an archeologist and photographer. On top of taking stunning photos, Gianfranco is very skilled at creating miniature soldiers, another one of his passions. In 1972 Gianfranco married his wife Tiziana and in 2013 they moved to the United States with their two children. After the death of his beloved wife, Gianfranco devoted himself to helping his two children, Cristiana and Alessandro, run their well-known family restaurant, Borgo Italia, in Peachtree City, GA.