Velletri

Velletri is one of the towns in the hills near Rome that are known as the Castelli Romani. It is located on the Monte Artemisio hill, overlooks the Pontina Plain and is one of Lazio‘s main wine producing towns. Its distance from Rome is around 40km.

Hotels and B&B’s in Velletri

  • Albergo Roma: (1-Star Hotel, Viale Rome, 26) Albergo Roma is centrally located near Piazza Garibaldi and close to many Velletri bars, restaurants, pizzeria and shopping venues. Double rooms from 30 Euros.
  • Bed and Breakfast L’Elce: (2-Star B&B, Via Acqua Lucia, 47) L’Elce B&B is a villa on two floors surrounded by a vast private park with huge chestnut, holly, hazelnut and olive trees. Average rate double room 45 Euros.
  • B&B IL Casale di Colle Ionci: (2-Star B&B, Via Acqua Lucia, 27) Il Casale B&B is housed in a two story 17th-century building dating and has various annexes. It is located inside an enormous park. Double rooms from 45 Euros.

History of Velletri

The first settlement lready existed in pre-historic times, though it is unsure whether this was Etruscan, Latin or Volscan in origin. In 494BC the Roman King Ancus Marcius conquered the city and called it Velitrae. It developed into a flourishing and important city, with an amphitheater and a number of villas and temples. The Emperor Augustus even spent his youth in Velletri.

Later its importance gradually diminished, although it became the seat of a bishopric in the 5th century and then an Imperial city (after the Byzantine conquest of Italy). In the 12th century Velletri became a free commune and then, after 14th and 15th century wars against Rome, part of the Church State.

During World War II Velletri was partly destroyed during attacks by Allied bombers.

Velletri tourist attractions

  • Palazzo Comunale: The seat of Velletri‘s Archeological Museum. Though built by Giacomo della Porta, it was designed by Vignola (the portico is famous). Della Porta started in 1572 and Filippo Barigioni finished the work in 1741.
  • Church of Sant’Antonio Abate: 14th century church.
  • Cathedral of San Clemente: Originally built on top of an old temple (4th century), but later, between 1659 and 1662, reconstructed. Traiano da Palestrina built the Renaissance Gate in 1512. Noteworthy are the frescoes and the Capitular Museum, with works by  a.o. Gentile da Fabriano, Antoniazzo Romano and Lorenzo di Bicci.
  • Santa Maria in Trivio: With a bell-tower, made in 1353.
  • Tempietto Bramantesco: Dated 1523, constructed by Alessandro da Parma.
  • Piazza Garibaldi: The central square of Velletri.
  • Civic Archeological Museum of Velletri: Housed in the City Hall, with works dating from the pre-history to the Middle Ages.

Velletri, Province of Rome, Lazio

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