Frascati is a municipality in the province of Rome in the Italian region Latium, located about 21 104 inhabitants ( 31 December 2012). It is located 21 km southeast of Rome. It is the seat of a bishopric suburbicarian.


Frascati is located in the Alban Hills and is one of the towns of the Castelli Romani. It is a member of the Comunità Montana dei Castelli Romani e Prenestini.

The municipality consists of the following fractions: Cisternole, Cocciano, Pantano Secco, Prataporci, Villa Muti, Selvotta, Vermicino.


Since ancient times, here Roman patrician villas were built; Frascati was especially popular as a summer residence of the Romans. Nearby are the ruins of Roman villas city of Tusculum.

Worth the buildings mostly from the 16th and 17th centuries, the valuable art treasures (among frescoes ) are harboring. As the best known applies the Villa Aldobrandini, built 1598-1603 by Giacomo della Porta ( completed by C. Maderna ) for Pope Clement VIII Aldobrandini from the house. In addition, you should have seen the Villa Falconieri and Villa Mondragone.

On September 8, 1943 attacked 130 U.S. long-range bombers to the city. There were at least 1,000 casualties among the civilian population and 100 casualties from the headquarters of Field Marshal Kesselring, which was located in Frascati.

Today the town with tourists and locals because of the proximity of Rome, but also because of the beauty of the landscape, of good wine is (which is exported all over the world, and is known primarily of white wine in the main article Frascati (wine) is described ) and the healthy air very popular.

On July 15, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI. a Mass in Piazza San Pietro. He accepted an invitation from the Bishop Raffaello Martinelli.



Stefano Di Tommaso (PD ) was elected in June 2009 for the mayor. His center-left alliance also with 12 of 20 seats, the majority in the City Council. He loosened his party colleague Francesco Paolo Posa (since 2004 ), who did not run.

City ​​partnerships

  • Germany Bad Godesberg
  • England Windsor and Maidenhead
  • France Saint -Cloud ( near Paris )
  • Belgium Kortrijk

Sons and daughters of the town


In Frascati especially the wine has meaning with the DOCG wines cannellino di Frascati Frascati Superiore and and the DOC Frascati wine Bianco.

Science and Research

In Frascati, the European Space Research Institute is ( engl. European Space Research Institute - ESRIN ) of the ESA. This is the center for Earth observation missions (eg ENVISAT, ERS -1, ERS -2). In addition, the city hosts the Nuclear Research Center INFN ( Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare ), the Society for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment ENEA (Ente per le Nuove tecnologie, l' Energia e l' Ambiente) and Institute of CNR.


2002 Andrew Blake's film The Villa was shot in Frascati. The Villa Falconieri in Frascati served in the Italian telenovela Elisa di Rivombrosa as a backdrop.