Notturna del lago di Nemi.
Il lago visto dall’Eremo di San Michele
La piazza di Palazzo Ruspoli
Nemi has long been a place of pilgrimage for Romans who would make the journey from the city to the Temple of Diana. The sacred characteristics of the territory led to the consecration of the thick forests rendered sacrosanct to such an extent that the emperor Caligula had two huge ships built on the lake so as not to defile the holy ground. Nemi was built over the remains of an agricultural community named “massa nemus” which the emperor Constantine gave in concession to the Basilica of St John the Baptist in Albano.
The Counts of Tuscolo transformed Nemi into a “castrum” (Camp). It was while under the control of the monks that the actual town of Nemi was built along the rocky cliffs which dominate the lake from above. In time Nemi became subject first to the family Colonna, and then to the Orsinis. Following the Unity of Italy it became a commune of the new state but the castle and the adjacent property was bought at the beginning of the 19th century by the family Ruspoli which was responsible for the restoration and organisation of the historic centre of the town.
TRENO • Da Roma Termini: Stazione FS Albano Laziale
AUTO • Dal Grande Raccordo Anulare, uscita 23 SS7 Appia Nuova
BUS • Dal capolinea della metro Anagnina, bus Cotral
Fragoline di bosco
The Museum of the Roman Ships
The Church of the Crucifix
The Temple of Diana
The Fountain of the nymph Egeria
Typical local products:
Cosa fare a Nemi
La visita inizierà all’interno del Museo delle Navi Romane di Nemi e proseguirá con una passeggiata all’area del santuario.
Verrà illustrata la storia millenaria del bacino lacustre e delle due imbarcazioni fatte costruire dall’imperatore Caligola ed affondate a causa della sua damnatio memoriae.