A Walk through the Castel Porziano Estate

Over 60 thousand hectares 25 kilometres from Rome, we are in the Castelporziano Estate, which runs along the Roman coast between Ostia, Capocotta and Anzio.

Its microclimate allows for a lush and constant growth of typical Mediterranean vegetation: the last remaining patch of land, of those vast forests and woods, with monumental trees, that in ancient times stretched along the coast of Lazio. The scents and colours of uncontaminated nature, the remains of an ancient Roman villa and its tepidarium, the Estate is a wonderful place to spend your free time.

There are three distinct types of tour: Naturalistic, Archaeological and Cultural Artistic.
Since 1999 it has been protected as a nature reserve.

Let’s go in!
As soon as we enter we are immersed in a fairytale wood! Castelporziano stands out thanks to its oak forest, typical of the Mediterranean and a continental climate. We catch glimpses of the castle with its Italian-style garden and mosaics. Later the museum with its ancient Roman artefacts, the remains of the villas. It is difficult to see the wild animals that live on the estate, free roaming and protected in the immense green expanse, while you can easily see the horses and pedigree cattle. Listen out for rustling as your walk through the Estate, there could be deer near you! Foxes, hedgehogs, pine martens, beech martens, polecats and badgers, porcupines, Italian hares and wild rabbits… You might spot them!

Castelporziano has been indicated by the scientific world as a unique area of high conservation value due to the high level of biodiversity, the complexity of the forest ecosystems, the great wealth of flora (1000 species) and fauna (3,000 species) and the presence natural pools, both temporary and permanent wet environments.
Visiting the President’s Estate in Castelporziano is in fact one of the most beautiful natural experiences you can have while in Rome.


ITINERARIES
The total duration of each itinerary includes transfers and breaks, during which (from 12.30 to 14.30 depending on the itinerary) you can use the Estate’s bar and restaurant facilities.
All the itineraries start with the screening of a short introductory film.

From 19 March to 16 June 2019 the following itineraries are available every Saturday and Sunday, except 2 June:

Artistic History Tour
starting at 9.15 and 10.15
The tour includes: archaeological museum, Castle, historic residence and hall of trophies, Church of Saint Filippo Neri, Coffee house and lemon house, historic Queen’s garden with ancient mosaics, rose garden, ancient fountain, carriage exhibition.
Total duration: approx. 4 hours 30 minutes

Tor Paterno Archaeological tour alternating with Nature tour of the Capocotta-Lauro Reserve starting at 9 am
Tor Paterno Archaeological Tour
After visiting the archaeological museum, the shuttle bus will take you to Tor Paterno to visit the Imperial Villa and the Roman aqueduct. Then its back on to the shuttle bus and along Via del Telefono and Via delle Riserve to reach the dogana fountain. The itinerary winds through several areas of natural interest within the Estate.
Total duration: approx. 5 hours 30 minutes
 
Capocotta – Lauro Reserve Tour suitable for people with physical disabilities
It goes through a mixed oak wood (Turkey oaks and Italian oaks) with hornbeams and oriental hornbeams, used in the past for the production of timber, where it is also possible to encounter wild boars, deer, specimens of hoopoe, jays and different species of woodpeckers. The whole area has undergone major renovation and environmental requalification work after having undergone significant transformations for speculative purposes, before it was bought by the President of the Republic. It is particularly interesting to see how the native vegetation is recovering.
TOTAL DURATION (from the beginning to the end of the visit, including transfers, break, visit to the bird ringing centre and the nature museum): 5 hours 30 minutes
AVERAGE DURATION of the paths: 1 hour 30 minutes
LENGTH: 2610 linear metres

Malafede nature itinerary
starting at 9.30
The itinerary skirts the integral protection area of the cork oak. It goes through a tall forest with mainly oak trees of various types: Turkey oaks, Italian oaks, oaks of the Virgin, downy oaks, quercus crenata oaks, holly oaks and majestic specimens of cork oaks. At the edge of the forest there are many evergreen shrubs (phillyrea, mastic, myrtle, heather, rock roses). The reduction in forestry activities is helping the recovery of the holm oak and the Mediterranean vegetation. This environment is the perfect refuge for wild boar and deer. Of particular interest is the invertebrate fauna and the typical herbaceous flora of the arid sandy substrates, with localised wetlands. You can also see the agricultural area dedicated to the free-roaming pasture of Maremma horses and cattle.
TOTAL DURATION (from the beginning to the end of the visit, including transfers, break, visit to the bird ringing centre and the nature museum): 6 hours
AVERAGE DURATION of the paths: 2 hours 30 minutes
LENGTH: 3330 linear metres

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