Grottaferrata is an Italian town in the province of Rome in the Lazio region with 19,423 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2012). It is located from the center of Rome, 20 kilometers southeast.

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

The neighboring municipalities are clockwise from the north Frascati, Monte Porzio Catone, Monte Compatri, Rocca di Papa, Castel Gandolfo, Marino, Ciampino and Rome.


Grottaferrata can be reached from Rome on the state road SS 511 Via Anagnina, which branches off from the Via tuscolana.

1904-1965 Grottaferrata was served by the tram in the Castelli Romani, which ceased its operations completely in 1980. The municipality is crossed by the regional train Rome - Marino, however, without its own breakpoint.


1004 Nilus of Rossano got, a Greek monk, given by Theophylact II of Tusculum an ancient Roman villa in his domain. In the villa was located in the 5th century a Christian oratory, called the crypt Ferrata ( Iron Bound cave) from which the name derives Grottaferrata. Nilus and his successor, Bartholomew built in the ruins of the monastery of Santa Maria di Grottaferrata. After the separation of the Eastern and Western Church remained this (to date) in the Byzantine Rite, but was still under the Roman Pontiff.

1487-1491 Giuliano della Rovere, the abbot of the monastery complex of Giuliano da Sangallo and Baccio Pontelli like a fortress expand.


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Gabriele Mori (PD ) was elected in April 2010 to the mayor. His center-left alliance also with 12 of 20 seats, the majority in the City Council. He replaced Mauro Ghelfi ( center-right alliance ) (2005-2010 ), who did not run.



The monastery was founded in 1004 Santa Maria di Grottaferrata.