Rome, Lazio, Italy
Stayed : April 2023
Perched over Lake Bracciano, Anguillara Sabazia is built around the site of the oldest Neolithic Village, [estimated 5750 B.C.], on any Lake in Western Europe.
As soon as I arrived in the Historic Piazza I was engulfed by it's charm and wisdom. In awe of the way the rooftops mirror the undulation of the hills, all leaning intimately towards the great expanse of Lake Bracciano. The atmosphere is dense with a thousand years of History and so too is the Lake, which was once home to the submerged ruins of an ancient city.
If one beautiful Lake isn't enough, Anguillara is home to two. The second being a hidden gem awaiting at the base of a forested hill, the ancient Lake Martigano. Both now occupy what was a volcanic crater system around 300,000 years ago.
The panoramic views that can be found from the top of the small narrow streets is exquisite. The fresh and local produce found in the Markets and Restaurants reminds you what food should taste like. The inhabitants of Anguillara Sabazia are rooted in the integrity of their History and committed to preserving what has always been in their small city.
You will find all the necessary modern amenities nestled amongst the History. But while standing in its cobblestone streets, you will be engulfed by tradition and a connectedness to a simpler life that many of us have long forgotten.
The hill scapes and surrounding towns are littered with the ruins. The Town encompassed by People who are passionate, kind and friendly. The Lakes are as glorious to look at as they are to swim in.
This testament to History can be seen in a day or a weekend. But would be more thoroughly appreciated and felt for a longer stay to contemplate life and be inspired.
There is a Train from Rome that stops at the Anguillara Station and takes about 30 Minutes. The Anguillara Station is about 4kms from the City and can be reached by the Local Bus [Schiaffini] or a Local Driver Emanuele who can be booked in advance via WhatsApp.
An reasonable alternative option is to arrange a Driver directly from Rome. Emanuele offers a pick up service from Rome also. And can provide much context of the Town's History.
While in Angulliara, a Driver or the Bus can be used to explore the surrounding ruins and towns. Unless of course you have your own car. It is best to speak with your accomodation as to the best place to park as most streets are too narrow to accomodate street parking.
An AirBnb allows you to make the most of your stay in this quaint city and immerse yourself in the essence of the town and its People. Ideally with a Rooftop Patio to enjoy the long lasting sunsets over the Lake.
Try Tozzetti, a one hundred year old Recipe for Almond Tart. Which you should most definitely buy from Il Chicco d’Oro.
Pizza from Moulin Cardé, which rivals even the most exquisite Pizza in Italy.
Broccoli Relish, Mushrooms and cured Meats, all of which a famous delicacies of this Region.
Local Restaurants and Cafes.
Walk the Lake Promenade.
Put your feet in the sand.
Swim in the Lake.
Local Driver & Tour Guide
+39 340 749 2725
Points of Interest
The Port Maggiore, est. 1490
The Orsini Baronial Palace, est. 1502
The Augusto Montori Museum
Musam - Aeronautical Museum
The Church of San Salvatore, est. Not Known
The Vicolo della Grondarella, est. 1st Cenrury
The Church of San Biago, est. pre 1574
The Fountain of the Earth, est. Not known
The Torrione and the Gardens, est. 15th Century
The Church of Santa Maria Augusta, est. pre 1574
The Sancturary of the Madonna delle Grazie, est. pre 1574
The Church of Saint Francis, est. 13th Century
The Monastery of Saint Francis, est. 1468
The Church of the Trinity, est. 1689
The Ancient Washhouse, est. 1878
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