Photographer's Note


Outside it walls them of the understood one them, between the Albani hills , the Prenestini mounts, Sabini and Sabatini, is one zone known like Sour Roman, or roman campaign. In i centuries XI and XII these lands were assigned from the Pope in feudo to the families roman, which created in the campaign the country houses fortify to you. Around the country houses and to the relative ones rocche, they were settled down, in tries of protection from the briganti, coloni and the peasants to the dependencies of the barons. The villages that nacquero around the country houses were to they time encircle to you from wall creating of the true and own fortified citadels. Because of the wars and of the malaria, these zones progressively were abandoned until when the cadastre of Pope Alexander WAYS of granted the civic use - the right to make firewood, of pasture, erbare and seeding - to the inhabitants of the villages nearer the city. Thanks to this concession, between the XIV and XV the nacquero century, around to the antichi country houses, the large ones latifondi of property of the baronial families, entrusted, of usual, to the so-called the Merchants of Campaign. Modest in the apparel and frugali in the standard of living, with passing of the generations and although great part of the unearned incomes was up to the family owner of the country house, these merchants was transformed in signorotti whose wealth divenne, like in the case of the Torlonia, the springboard of launch towards the nobility. The antichi country houses still today remain one of the greatest attractions of the Sour Roman. In the little zones of campaign embezzled to the urbanization of the understood one them and concentrated around small centers like Torrimpietra, Saint Maria di Galeria, Castel di Guido, Wafer Antica and Casal Palocco, is still possible to visit the casolari, the ancient towers and the cottages from hunting. In the greater part of the cases, these old constructions have been recently restructured and today accommodate comfortable hotel structures or restaurants, typical taverns and trattorie. Between most evocative of entire the Sour Roman, it is for the name that for the beauty, we remember the Tower of the Frattocchie, Tor Boacciana and Saint Tor Michele, the Country house of the Barco, that one of the Marcigliana and that Head of Lepre of Over. An other enogastronomico route travels over again the ancient taverns of campaign of the Sour Roman, situated, in the antiquity, along the ways of mail, to the confluence with other roads, and obliged stages for who wanted to enter in city. In these zones of mail they were unloaded, exactly, the bags of the mail, but there were also other services for the passengers, like the sale of illegal or counterfeit items, the tavern, the inn and the change of the horses. They existed for a long time immemorabile, in the same places and with analogous functions, at least from when the Roman instituted regular services of mail. Castel di Guido, as an example, first station of mail on the Aurelia, was the Roman "Lorium". Still today, along the roads of the Sour Roman, the tourist, modern viandante, can stop itself in the ancient taverns from the evocative names. Between the more important we remember the "Frattocchie" on the Ancient Appia, the "Finocchio" on the Casilina, the "Furnace" on the Tiburtina and the "New Furnace" or Colomba Saint on Salaria

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