I love my home town of Frascati and its surrounding hilly area known as the “Castelli Romani”. This is volcanic land and the hill top towns that dot the Castelli Romani come with stunning views of Rome, the seashore, other towns and hills and even two lakes that are craters within the volcano. People have lived around here since the Bronze age. The ancient town of Tusculum was a holiday destination for the ancient Romans, and Frascati, Monteporzio, Castel Gandolfo and Nemi garnered fame again during the late Renaissance and Baroque periods, when cardinals, popes and notables all sought to spend quality time here especially during the Summer, when Rome could become dank and malaria infested. This place reeks of history but it also smells and delights with its food and wine. This is Rome’s wine country! Olive groves and vineyards abound. Frascati was Italy’s first wine to be exported. It is sometimes known as “the golden wine” on account of its hue and has been delighting popes, Romans and countrymen for close to 3,000 years. Come and visit, come and taste. Come and cook with me, if you like.
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