The 7 wonders of Latium

The 7 wonders of Latium

Where to go in Latium

Spring is coming and the beautiful sunny days with it. It’s time to organize your weekend with BBItalia.
Today I’m going to propose a small guide dedicated to Lazio, the region usually known for places like Rome, Tivoli’s Villas, Ponza isle, etc…but which actually offers a lot of suggestive places that all the nature and exotic lovers can’t miss.


Garden of Ninfa


Let’s start with one of the most wonderful places in the region, preserved and cured with so much caring and dedication.
We’re talking about Giardino di Ninfa (Garden of Ninfa), a natural park situated near Cisterna di Latina.
The garden stands up from the ancient Ninfa’s ashes, a prosperous medieval city which, in 1300, was abandoned and ransacked.
This English style park was built by the Caetani family between 20s and 40s. All the ruins were restored and the park adorned with exotic plants and flowers imported by the family thanks to their trip abroad.
It’s possible to visit the park for few days a year, mostly in spring and summer, and only as a group and accompanied by a guide. It’s necessary to book the visit online to avoid the queue. For more info about hours and prices, check out the official website.



Monsters’park of Bomarzo


In this small guide couldn’t miss the Parco dei Mosrtri di Bomarzo (Monsters’ park of Bomarzo), a famous monumental garden in the province of Viterbo. Characteristic of this place is the presence of grotesque sculptures made in basalt which portray mythological animals, monsters and gods.
The park was projected by the architect Pirro Ligorio on the commission of the prince Vicino Orsini, while the sculptures, dating back XVI century, were carved by Simone Moschino.
So many attractions are inside this park: buildings which distort or annul the prospective rules, sculptures which portray mythological figures like Pegasus, Hercules and Caco, Proteus, Proserpine or monsters like the dragon, the orc, etc…
We invite you to check the official website of the park to have more info about prices and hours.



Sasseto Woods


In the province of Viterbo, near Torre Alfina, there’s a wonderful woods, unfortunately little-known by the local inhabitants: we’re talking about Bosco del Sasseto (Sasseto Woods ).
This location evokes the typical landscapes described in the fairytales and fantasy books: logs and rocks covered by green musk and light show among the tree canopies recall a fairy and ethereal world.
Inside the woods, you can also find a new gothic mausoleum that the Count Edoardo Cahen, the owner of Torre Alfina’s castle, made built for him. This structure contributes to making this place more suggestive and mysterious.



Treja’s Valley


Within walking distance of Rome, precisely between Calcata and Mazzano Romano, there’s the Valle del Treja (Treja’s Valley).
Treja is a little river that raises from the Sabatini mountains and meets the Tiber. Over time its waters created real gorges, carved in the rocks of the ancient Sabatine Vulkan. Going down the valley is possible to come across different waterfalls, some of which very suggestive. Over time the area has become one the main tourist destination of the region, with its agritourism, bars, picnic areas and even an Adventure Park.




San Benedetto’s Lake


This is probably one of the least known places by the Lazio inhabitants. Few people heard about it but, at the moment where they become aware of it, they can’t resist it. I’m talking about Laghetto di San Benedetto (San Benedetto’s Lake): a little natural gem near Subiaco, in the province of Rome.
The lake is actually situated at the foot of the Benedictine Monastery of Sacro Speco and seems to be the only surviving lake of Nero’s villa.
After you’ll have crossed a short path you’ll come in the vicinity of the lake: a waterfall comes out the rocks meeting the beautiful and clear lake. A spectacle in nature dipped in the green and purest quiet.



Manziana's Caldare


Manziana’s caldare is a protected area of the Natural Park of Bracciano situated in Manziana, in the province of Rome.
The Etruscans consecrated this area to Manth, the underworld's God, for this reason the woods took the name of “silva Manthiana”. The association between the woods and Manth probably comes from the sinister look of the forest and the sulfur waters of the springs which, in the past, were linked to the underworld.
The caldara includes the birch trees woods, the bog and the swamp. The latter is maybe the most interesting attraction: a big swamp from which boiling sulfur waters fountains raise, due to the presence of carbon dioxide.
A landscape really different from the others but still suggestive and interesting, most of all for the wild nature lovers.



Canale Monterano


To conclude today small guide, we’re going to propose the ruins of the ancient city of Monterano, near Bracciano.
Monterano was bought by Pope Clemente X Altieri’s family in the second half of 1600. They entrusted to Lorenzo Bernini the restore of the village so that making it suitable for its new ducal center’s role.
The artist turned Monterano into a small baroque city: he built the church, the convent and Saint Bonaventura’s fountain and he restored the Ducal Palace to which took precedence over the fountain topped by the Lion’ statue.
One of the ruin’ strengths of the lost city of Monterano is the church inside which, over time, a tree has grown up that made this place more fascinating.
The area is public and you can reach it just by car. For more info about way, we invite you to check out the official website.



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