The Castelli Romani Regional Park

One of the most significant protected areas in the region, it rests on the Latium Volcano and includes the wetlands of the lakes. It covers 15,000 hectares and has an elevation that varies from the plains to mountain peaks, among which stand out: Maschio delle Faete (956 m) and Monte Cavo (950 m), a sacred area on which the Latins built a temple dedicated to Jupiter; and Maschio dell’Ariano (891 m), a high ground of great strategic value to the Romans that owes its name to a medieval castle built by the gens of the Arria. The park is home to numerous animal and plant species.

The Park Authority is based in the historic Villa Barattolo and offers both hiking trails and courses on mycological culture and other nature topics.

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