An Italian Village Worth a Visit  

Zagarolo, Italy, an Italian village nestled in a wine region just above Rome, is yet to be discovered by tourists. Leaving the historic city of Rome was difficult, but once I traveled east by train for 30 minutes to the town of Zagarolo, I felt back in old Roman times.

The History of the Village  

Entryway arches embedded with medallion-laden wreathes and mosaics took my imaginative mind back hundreds of years as I entered the village. Generations of families in Zagarolo continue to be proud of their community. Men gathered near the water fountain in the center of town and the women clustered by the cistern reeled in years past, unmoved by current times.

300 Year Old Ovens  

Ovens in the town’s bakery have been used for 300 years and still make delicious delights today, especially breads. I enjoyed partaking in each process of the baking with the bakery’s family members. I also tasted salami from the local shop and ducked into small shops on the main street leading to the town’s churches.

My stay at B&B ll Colle degli Ulivi provided me a relaxing and memorable time with family-style dinners, sightseeing suggestions and caring owners ( for complete details).

Zagarolo, perched on top of a hillside with fabulous views of Rome, takes you back to Roman antiquity — all that’s missing are the chariots!

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San Diego ReaderPublished November 2009:
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