A Stroll Through Vignanello

Vignanello (translates to “in the vineyard”) is a medieval village about an hour’s drive from Rome. Vignanello has been producing wine for centuries and still does today although there has been a major shift towards producing hazelnuts. These hazelnuts supply the major chocolate company Ferrero Rocher amongst others.

Most families in Vignanello owned their own cantinas (wine cellars) which were dug into the mountain/hillside and there they stored their homemade wines. Sadly these are no longer in use and have either been blocked/boarded up or turned into storage spaces. One of the main attractions is the castle, Castello Ruspoli which was unfortunately closed at the time of our visit.

This village is unadorned and untouched by tourism giving it an authentic atmosphere and an interesting experience to say the least.

A Stroll Through Vignanello

Evening Clouds

I haven’t had much time for blogging lately but here is a photo I took on the weekend. I hope to post more soon and I look forward to catching up with your blogs too 🙂

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Ah, hope!
What would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles,
that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today,
for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.

~ Susanna Moodie
Evening Clouds

The Treasury Building

The red building you see is The Treasury building which once housed public offices. It was was erected in three stages between 1886 and 1928. Since 1995, the refurbished building has housed the Conrad Treasury Casino, contrasting the once political orientation of the building to one full of entertainment. Like The Story Bridge, it is fitted with changing coloured LED lighting.

The Treasury

The Treasury Building