Have you ever seen a ghost town?

January 23, 2023
Have you ever seen a ghost town?

Have you ever seen a ghost town? Would you like to see one, only a few kilometers away from Rome? We would like to share the beauty of the ghost town of Monterano… Come and see a real ghost town for yourself.  If you have never seen a ghost town, we’d be glad to arrange a special TOUR for you in the wonderful ghost town of Monterano.

Where is this town?

The ghost town of Monterano is close to Bracciano, an hour drive from Rome and is especially child-friendly.

The beauty of this ancient settlement certainly lies in the fact that it presents historical evidence from different periods and is surrounded by a beautiful wilderness. From the Etruscan tombs one moves on to the medieval walls. From the medieval period, the visitors are then enchanted by the baronial palace. Many are also baffled by the beautiful Baroque church of San Bonaventura, perhaps designed by Bernini. Bronze Age ceramic fragments were also found in the area.

The village began to depopulate due to malaria in the 18th century. It was definitively abandoned in 1799.

Ghost town of Monterano

Ghost town of Monterano

What can you see in the ghost town of Monterano?

The Fountain of the Lion is a beautiful work of art by Bernini, which adorns the façade of the baronial palace. Next to the Palace is the small Church of San Rocco and the Church of San Bonaventura which are worth a tour.

For older, more energetic children you may visit the “Diosilla waterfalls”, which you will find on your left before reaching the village. Continuing on the walk to reach the ghost city of Monterano, you will reach the “solfatara”. It is a thermo-mineralised water site at around 22 degrees, with strong gas emanations. The bubbling pools of water will certainly impress children but they will not stop complaining about the sulphur stench!!

The ghost town Monterano set of important films

Obviously, the beauty of this place has attracted many directors who have chosen it as the set for their films.

  • “Guards and Thieves” 1951 directed by Mario Monticelli
  • “Ben-hur” 1959 directed by William Wyler
  • “Il Vangelo secondo Matteo” 1964 directed by Pierpaolo Pasolini
  • “Brancaleone alle Crociate” 1970 directed by Mario Monicelli
  • “Il Marchese del Grillo” 1981 directed by Mario Monicelli
  • “Ladyhawke” of 1985 directed by Richard Donner
  • “La Visione del Sabba” of 1988 directed by Marco Bellocchio

So come to Rome and take one of our TOURS. We’d be glad to arrange something special -and slightly different- for you. We would like to share the beauty of the ghost town of Monterano, only a few kilometres away from Rome. Come and see a real ghost town of Monterano for yourself. Come and #feeltheessence!