Frascati is a dream come true for couples who want to honeymoon in Italy without the crowds. Nestled in the hills just outside of Rome, this hidden honeymoon jewel offers a leisurely lifestyle in a charming setting with plenty of stress free activities. You’ll fall in love even more as every honeymoon day unfolds. The spectacular scenic beauty that surrounds you makes anything you do unforgettable.
Frascati offers the perfect counterpoint to Rome’s big city rush. Rome residents come out here on weekends to enjoy the fresh air, to relax in the countryside and savor the world famous local wines and delicious regional cuisine served in cozy resaturants.
It is the breathtaking natural beauty and the soft, cooling breezes that have brought celebrities, poets, writers, religious leaders (Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s striking summer palace, is nearby) to the area for centuries. You’ll step back in history as you visit local wineries. They not only offer superb white and red wines, but they also put ancient art and architecture on display in striking buildings and exquisite surroundings that will make your honeymoon photo album amazing.
Frascati is the largest of 17 famous towns that crown the Tusculan Hills. Getting around is easy and you can take every day at your own pace. You’ll never have to deal with crowds or traffic. The downtown area has a small town look and feel, and residents are friendly and welcoming. You can explore on foot, then rent a car or moped to go into the countryside. See ancient ruins and Renaissance villas; pack a picnic and enjoy it in the park; hire a canoe for a spin on the lake; learn how to prepare the mouthwatering cuisine a cooking class; treat yourselves to a spa treatment for two; experience the thrill of driving a Ferrari, then linger over dinner on a rooftop terrace as you watch fireworks or shooting stars over St. Peter’s dome in Rome, far in the distance. You’ll soon discover that this is a place where magical honeymoon memories can be made.
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- AIRPORT CODES: Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport (FCO) is 45 minutes away. Ciampino Airport (CIA) which handles intra-European flights is 15 minutes away.
- AREA CODE: 3906
- BEST TIME TO VISIT: Weather is best April-October. Christmas through New Year’s Eve and February’s Carnivale season are also fun.
- GETTING THERE: Trains from Rome’s Termini take less than ½ hour and arrive in Frascati’s town center. If you are arriving on an international flight, arrange for a car to pick you up at the airport. If you are on a day trip, buy a round trip ticket in Rome and check return train times, as there are no night trains to Rome. Busses to Frascati run from Rome’s Anagnina Metro A station, but schedules are not reliable.
- GETTING AROUND: To get around town and its perimeters, you can travel by taxi or arrange for a private, chauffeured car. If you want to explore the countryside, rent a car or a moped.
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- STORE HOURS: Most shops close for a leisurely lunch break between 1:00 and 4:30 pm, then stay open until 8:00 pm in the summertime.
- SAFETY: Never leave luggage unattended in crowded areas, and be aware or pickpockets in the train stations.
- DRESS CODES: Cover your shoulders and do not wear shorts if you plan to visit churches. Men should wear shirts of T-shirts in the streets. Wear comfortable shoes for walking on cobblestone streets.
- ETIQUETTE: Do not wade or bathe in the fountains, even in the summertime.
- LEARN ABOUT LOCAL EVENTS: Concerts in the park, museum evenings, festivals and other activities are posted on a board near the City Council offices on Piazza Marconi, just behind Bar Glicini.
- SAVE MONEY WITH A PASS: Ten Euros will buy you an "Easyfrascati.com Pass" which offers a discount on local attractions as well as an mp3 audio file of a Frascati tour and a printable map.
- VISITS TO WINERIES: Most wineries are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Saturday, and are closed on Sundays and for two weeks in August. Double check hours and fees at easyfrascati.com and make reservations for visits in advance.
Frascati has a wide variety of things to do to make every honeymoon day a dream. You can hire a local photographer to snap photos for you and create an album of happy honeymoon memories!
VISIT A WINERY: After all, this is what Frascati is all about! Frascati is Rome’s wine country, and visiting a winery to toast your new life together and enjoy some of the award winning reds and whites couldn’t be more memorable. You’ll be surrounded by scenic beauty of rolling hills and plenty of history, as some of the wineries date back over 400 years! The buildings and the scenery are so breathtaking that many couples opt to marry on the spot! Check with easyfrascati.com for visitor entry fees and hours of operation.
-PRINCIPALE PALLAVICINI WINERY: The Principe Pallavicini estate has been producing wine since 1670 and the distinguished noble family who owns it runs it today, producing award-winning red wines and one of Italy’s three top sweet wines (Passito) as well. The vineyards are full of thrilling history. You’ll love hearing about the legendary Popes and nobility who have enjoyed the wines over the centuries!
-CASALE MARCHESE ESTATE: The history of this impressive estate, which was built over two Roman cisterns, can be traced back to 1301! Vineyards are laced with ancient olive groves to make panoramic views from the terrace even more dramatic. Don’t forget your cameras!
-TENUTA DI PIETRA PORZIA: This winery is surrounded by 118 beautiful acres planted with grapevines and olive trees. It is one of the few wineries where you can stay overnight. Steeped in history, it rests on an underground labyrinth of intricate tunnels that were built in Roman times. Above ground, you can savor their superior Frascati white wines as well as Montepulciano, Cabernet, and Merlot reds.
SHOPPING: Visit one of the local jewelers to create original designs for your wedding rings. Browse a furniture showroom or find an antique or a work of art at one of the galleries to decorate your new home. Paoletti Furniture showrooms in an old mill; Loft; Casa d’arte Glover; and Galleria d’arte Teodora are just a few of the places where you may find treasured memories of your happy honeymoon.
DINE OUT: in one of the many cozy restaurants. When Rome residents drive out to Frascati to enjoy dining, you know the food will be good!
- PICNIC IN THE PARK: On a sunny summer day, it will be like something out of a movie set.if they get in touch at [email protected] a guide can show them around some of the more secret and hidden parts often missed by uninformed tourists Or, get a guide by contacting [email protected] Ask to be shown some of the more secret and hidden parts often missed by uninformed tourists, that afford the most romantic breathtaking views.
- HAVE A CULINARY ADVENTURE: Jo Donghi, Frascati’s very own resident culinary coach and food blogger, offers courses ranging from a short “aperitivo” wine tasting lesson to a pasta party or a whole meal where you can shop for fresh ingredients in a local market to prepare a gourmet dinner.
- EXPLORE THE COUNTRYSIDE: Get a close up look of the beautiful countryside by renting a motor scooter or a mountain bike. MotoSpartaco provides crash helmets and will come to your hotel for delivery or pickup. Hire a guide with your mountain bike. He will take you along trails, to archeological sites, on spins through the vineyards and other places that you might not get to see otherwise.
- STOP TO WATCH THE SUNSET: To make it even more romantic, drive up to the Tusculum Hill or climb the path up to the Cappuccini Convent. Just beyond, you can enjoy a glass of wine or a coffee at the Villa Tuscolana which is built over historic roman ruins.
- ROW YOUR BOAT: Hire a canoe on one of the lakes and paddle around to get a closeup view of the rolling countryside.
- SMILE FOR THE CAMERAS: Have a few of your happy honeymoon days recorded by a professional photographer and you’ll end up with a honeymoon album to accompany your wedding album!
- VISIT THE VILLAS: There are 12 late Renaissance villas in Frascati that were built and decorated by the same architects and artists who were building in Rome at the same time. The stunning Villa Mondragone is open to the public in its entirety, and the gardens at Villa Aldobrandini are also open to visitors.