is located south-east of Rome, on the slopes of the Colli Albani, at 330 meters altitude (10,83 feet), and has a population of about 18,000. It has a French twin town, Vandoeuvre
(Lorraine), and it is part of the regional
park of Roman Castles. In 1848, Grottaferrata became and autonomous, self-governing town; the Abbey, however, still remained at the heart of the town, so much so that initially the City Hall was housed there.
Even if the Abbey is the most important monument of the area, we shouldn't forget the presence of other masterpieces such as the ancient Catacombs of "Ad Decimun", the Savelli's Castle (10th century) )
and several famous
Over the last thirty years, good quality housing has been developed, with special attention to the protection of open "green" spaces; in fact, Grottaferrata can be described as a garden town
Its proximity to Rome, the green open spaces
, the charming ancient Abbey, the excellent production of wine and olive-oil
, make Grottaferrata a touristy place with several famous restaurants and hotels, first class hand-craftmanship
such as ceramic decoration and trading of antiques
. The annual National Fair held in March is the most important commercial event of the Castelli Romani, together with the historical remembrance of the ancient fair of September (called NA VOTA C'ERA)
, an additional
point of attraction for visitors.
Greek Ortodox San Nilo Abbey in Grottaferrata, Corso del Popolo 128. Tours are allowed only during the break between religious services. Sunday and public holidays: liturgies are at 07:30, 09:30, 11:00 am. Week days: 12:30, 3:45, 7:25 pm.
The strategic position helps to reach the major motorway Firenze / Napoli, the Leonardo
da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino
and at very short distance Ciampino Airport
Grottaferrata - The History