History, legend and beauty in Pratoni del Vivaro

Imagine going back in time and ending up in Pratoni del Vivaro – a plateau in the Alban Hilla, in the province of Rome. You might end up right in the middle of the famous battle of Lake Regillo, some 2,500 years ago, when some historians believe the Romans fought the Latin League.

Dionysius of Halicarnassus (60 BC – 7 AD) wrote that during that battle – one of the many between Latium and Rome between the 7th and 4th centuries BC – two knights far superior in comeliness and stature compared to common human nature were in the Roman army.

According to legend, the two giants were the Dioscuri, sons of Jupiter, and led the Romans to victory.

Imagine them towering in the morning fogs of this beautiful plain in Lazio 600 meters above sea level, walking along the shores of an ancient lake – probably the same one that was drained between the 1930s and 1950s. It its place, today there is a marshy area called Pantano della Doganella.

Looking south, the surprising profile of Mount Artemisio is where some experts place the ancient Alba Longa, the city founded by Ascanius, son of Aeneas, over four centuries before Rome was born.

History, legend, beauty: all in the embrace of this wonderful plateau.

©f/orme Pet Photography, ©Fabio Rosati

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History, legend and beauty in Pratoni del Vivaro

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