It is true that there is a piece of road close to Rocca di papa where, if you kick a bottle down the street, it goes up - or if you switch off your car during this descent, your car will slowly rise upward.
The stretch of the road in question is short, about one hundred meters, and can be reached along the so-called ‘Via dei Laghi’ (on the road to Castelli Romani). From Highway 218 Appia the road joins for Velletri, following the Via dei Laghi and arriving at a quadrivio, dividing in diverse directions. Taking the road to the right in the direction of ‘Ariccia’, you find a descent, which then begins as a ‘ascent’, precisely at the point where this phenomena occurs.
But what is it?
Opinions are divided. Some think that it is an optical effect. The magnetism anomaly seems to be thrown away as an explanation.
- If you find this stretch of road - and experience this phenomena, do let me know!
I know nothing about this villa, but will get information to post on my next trip - which will be very soon.
If at all possible, enter at the top and either walk or drive down through the small winding cobblestone streets. To walk is best because you will be stopped often by the sights - the people who live there, the medieval and gothic architecture, the body language, the scents of fresh bread, the shops, children playing - you will stop often to take it all in.
Ariccia 13, Rocca Di Papa, 40, it
Via Campi d'Annibale, 7, Rocca di Papa, 00040, Italy
Good for: Couples
Via delle Barozze 48, Rocca di Papa, 00040, Italy
Via dei Laghi,18 (km 10,200) Rocca di Papa (Rome), Italy
As we brought a picnic lunch with us, we were looking for a place to park so we could take a break and have a leisurely lunch. We saw a sign that said simply "PARK" so we continued a way and, sure enough, a huge park. I could have been in Northern California with the size of these fir trees. An expansive park with bar-b-que pits being fired by the family man - kids playing soccer (what else in Italy?) - a pavilion with gelato shop and much, much more - travelogue time, I think. If you want to be among Italian people, this is a great place - I was the only "tourist" here.
I am posting a travelogue so do visit - more photos of this park.
Federal Equestrian Centre of C.O.N.I. - Pratoni del Vivaro
On a knoll in the centre of the Comunal farm of "Domatore" is the Federal Equestrian Center. It has been the centre of equestrian championships and a meeting place for horse-riders since 1960 when the equipment for the Olympic horse-riding events was installed. The equipment installed has been improved and enlarged to form an adequate spot for the preparation of the best horse-riders, offering an excellent track with a full range of difficulty and obstacle.
The Centre has an indoor school (20x60 metres) with a covered stand for the public, four jumping arenas (sand 80x90 and 40x75 metres and grass 80x110 and 85x100), two dressage arenas ( sand both 40x80 metres), one lunging area, one jumping lane, one horse-walker, one swimming pool, one steeple-chase track, a sand track of 1.300 metres, and up-hill sand track of 1.150 metres and two cross country areas. The stables are divided in blocks, each bearing the name of places where past Olympics have been organised: Monaco, Montreal, Rome, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Mexico. In addition the Centre has 240 boxes for the different competitions organised during the year .