|The "cisterone," in use today to water gardens and lawns|
The town's origins date back to several millennia B.C., and it has ruins from Roman days, including an impressing town gate, an amphitheater, and an enormous cistern. Partly because of its treasure trove of Roman artifacts, it also boasts a very good archaeological museum. And, for us, it's a great starting point for a lovely walk around the volcanic lip of Lago Albano.
|a black and white photo that more clearly shows|
this early Roman waterwork
|Baths for the soldiers, in Albano|
|Roman ruins still in use|
The porta and other remains of Septimius Severus's huge encampment of Roman soldiers - his legions - are right out in the open. He built some of the largest baths in the Roman empire - to keep those legions happy. Just walking around town, you can see the ruins everywhere, including as parts of today's buildings. Follow via A. Saffi up the hill and it curves into via Anfiteatro Romano. The amphitheater is locked up too, unless you are there for a concert. But you can look in.
|The Roman amphitheater in Albano|
|The view across Lake Albano|
Trains run hourly from Rome's Termini Station to Albano, and back. The trip takes under an hour and costs about 2 Euros each way.
|Caves along the trail|