“Stones that tell of a past and express it in the most genuine way”
Where history blends with myth
Just 30 kilometres south east of Rome there is a place, the Tuscolo hills, where history blends with myth and nature provides a single stupendous backdrop to everything.
It is an ancient land that, as legend would have it, was founded by Telegonus, son of Odysseus and Circe in about the 9th century BC.
The archaeological remains of Tusculum are to be found here. It was one of the oldest cities in Latium and was a rival of Rome for a long time.
Its destruction by the Romans, meant that Tusculum was wiped from history and not a single trace of its existence was left.
It became a genuine historic and literary myth and it was not until the first half of the nineteenth century that Tusculum was rediscovered, thanks to the archaeological research which is still going on. Tusculum was subjugated by the Latin King Silvius, King of Alba, and regained its independence only when Alba was defeated by the Romans, becoming part of the Latin Confederation. Soon after the people of Rome and Tusculum waged war, with the defeat of the latter near Lake Regillo around 500 BC.
In about 380 BC Tusculum became a Roman franchise and many of the chief Roman families such as the Mamilia, Porcia, Fonteia built luxurious villas there as they appreciated the beauty of the place and water was abundant.
The ruins of the patrician villas of Cicerone, Lucullo and Quintili are conserved here together with the majestic buildings of a sanctuary called “Tiberius’ Villa”.
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