AIFS Study Abroad Resident Director, Rosanna Graziani, shared the following with us about a group trip to Frascati, a beautiful town on the Albani Hills overlooking Rome. Students experienced Italian culture through traditional food and wine specific to this town in the region of Lazio, and learned about the history of the area.
The name of the city probably comes from a typical local tradition of collecting firewood — “frasche” in Italian. Dating back to ancient Roman times, the town is a patrician Roman villa probably belonging to Lucullus, Lucius Licinius Lucullus (118 – 57/56 BC). He was a politician and military commander of the late Roman Republic, so famous for his banqueting that the word lucullan now means lavish, luxurious and gourmet.
Frascati is known for its notable villas, which were built in the 16th century onwards by Popes, Cardinals and Roman nobles as “status symbols” of Roman aristocracy.
We strolled through the Frascati historic center to learn about its history and experience the typical fraschette (Roman taverns) where we tasted the local porchetta (whole spit roast pork), served with a glass of Frascati famous white wine.
In the afternoon, we visited a vineyard and farm winery to learn about wine-making, and tasted local wines accompanied by sourdough bread with olive oil and wine biscuits.
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