Rome & Surrounding Hills
Thousands of tour guides can inform you about the Eternal City better than us. But inner-city cycling isn’t the best, even if it’s Rome, which is why you need to move into the surrounding hills. In the calm of its castles, Rome experiences a sense of peace, bestowed by the natural landscape only a few kilometres away, consisting of lakes and gently rolling hills above the plain.
This destination isn’t, therefore, renowned for its climbs, which are under 10 kilometres long, but for the splendour of its routes: streets with little traffic, mediaeval hamlets and a landscape that leaves even sceptics speechless.
Instead, the verdant paradise for mountain bike holidays is Viterbo, only a few kilometres away: streets carved into the tuff, centuries-old woods, hot springs and volcanic lakes.
The tracks most beaten by mountain bikers are in the lakes areas (Bolsena, Vico and Bracciano), where you’ll find rather easy itineraries, and Monte Fogliano, with 3 itineraries that are completely marked with wooden signposts. So you can see there are plenty of single tracks and trails in this mostly hilly area.
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GranFondo Campagnolo Roma
A true gran fondo, or “long distance ride” (120 km and 2000 m of elevation gain), which provides the opportunity to cycle through history: from the magnificent backdrop of the Colosseum and the Imperial Fora, to venturing through the stunning landscape of the Roman castles and Lake Albano.
Spaghetti alla carbonara
The origins of this dish aren’t very clear; it’s said that it was probably invented by Americans during the Second World War. The story goes that, given the poor food rations, the military of the time decided to combine the powdered eggs and bacon with pasta. Now we prepare it using pork cheek, pecorino cheese and pepper.
Spaghetti cacio e pepe
Spaghetti cacio e pepe derive from the traditions of the capital’s working-class suburbs. Although there are only two ingredients, sheep’s milk cacio cheese and pepper, the skill of a Roman chef is determined by their ability to create a thick, creamy and tasty sauce.
Saltimbocca alla Romana
Very characteristic of Roman gastronomy, Saltimbocca alla Romana is an easy and quick dish to make. It’s prepared by fixing a sage leaf and a slice of ham to thin fillets of veal rump with a toothpick, and braising the meat in a pan.
History & Culture
Lazio is a very varied region in terms of its territory and traditions, with a wealth of evidence of the past, starting with Roma Caput Mundi, an open-air museum where each area encapsulates a unique historical and artistic heritage. The San Giovanni area is dotted with Roman ruins and churches, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Campo de ‘Fiori, Vatican City, the Imperial Fora, between the Capitoline Hill (one of the 7 hills of Rome) and the Palatine Hill, the Jewish ghetto, the oldest in the world after the one in Venice. Nearby there are places of great cultural interest, like Tivoli, just outside Rome, with its splendid villas (Villa Adriana, Villa d’Este and its tombs). History and tradition are also to be found in Ariccia, lying on a tuffaceous bluff, which attracts hundreds of tourists because of its beauty and characteristic fraschette, little restaurants where you can enjoy the best traditional Roman dishes.
Just outside Rome, a visit to Civita di Bagnoregio is a must, also known as the “dying city”, due to the erosion of the tuffaceous rock on which it rests.
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