Grottaferrata – Abbey of Santa Maria

The city of Grottaferrata is part of the province of Rome and is located in the area known as Roman Castles. Grottaferrata has about 21,000 inhabitants and for many years has been a favourite destination of the Romans and foreign tourists who come here to relax during the weekend. Grottaferrata is a quiet place and offers to the tourist a holiday between art and relaxation. You can visit the old churches and museums in the city center, taking long walks, relax in the farm and taste the typical food and wine in the restaurants and farms of Grottaferrata.

Abbey of Santa Maria is a remarkable place to see while you are there in Grottaferrata. This is a monastery exarchs maintained by Byzantine monks. The religious complex is located in the heart of Grottaferrata and the decor of the facade reminiscent the style of oriental world. Beside the church you can admire the great bell on the door while inside you find a splendid mosaic that depicts Mary Mother of God. The church’s interior is in Baroque style and retain the original structure with three naves. Along the south aisle you’ll find the Farnese Chapel, decorated with frescoes depicting the stories of St Nilo. In the Abbey is preserved the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini depicting “Mary and Child”.

You can also visit the Sacred Heart church, Villa Dusmet Rossellini, Villa Gavotti-Joachim, Catabombs to Decimum and The National Archaeological Museum of the Abbey of San Nilo. It would be nice if you can hire a car to take you to Grottaferrata. There are many car rental options in Italy and one can check for various travel packages offered by car rentals like www.car-rental-italy.com which offers customized car rental packages for tourists in Italy at economical rates, giving them the freedom to enjoy a pocket friendly holiday.

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