Frascati is a town and comune in the province of Rome in the Lazio region of central Italy. It is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) south-east of Rome, on the Alban Hills close to the ancient city of Tusculum.
Frascati is closely associated with science, being the location of several international scientific laboratories. Frascati is renowned for its white wine, Frascati. It is also an important historical and artistic centre.
Frascati is famous for its notable villas, which were built from the 16th century onwards by Popes, cardinals and Roman nobles as "status symbols" of Roman aristocracy. These country houses were designed for social activities rather than farming. The villas are substantially well preserved, or have been carefully and authentically restored following damage during World War II.
The main villas are:
- Villa Aldobrandini.
- Villa Parisi.
- Villa Falconieri.
- Villa Grazioli.
- Villa Lancellotti.
- Villa Muti.
- Villa Rufinella (or Tuscolana).
- Villa Sora.
- Villa Torlonia.
- Villa Vecchia.
- Villa Mondragone.
- Villa Sciarra.
- The Cathedral (Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter Apostle).
- The Church of the Gesu (Frascati).
- The Bishop's Palace, the old "Rocca" ("Castle").
- The civic archaeological museum.
- The Ethiopian Museum of Cardinal Guglielmo Massaia.