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TOUR 1. NEMI - The Golden Bough

In his essay on magic and religion (The Golden Bough-1922), Sir George James Frazer narrates the myth of Rex Nemorensis, an escaped slave who could become the new king of Nemi’s wood only
after killing the one in charge, and entering in possession of a branch of the Sacred Tree.
Our tour is a fascinating experience up on the slopes of the old Volcano Laziale, situated 15 miles south of Rome, where the soil is optimal for growing wine, flowers and wild strawberries. In the footsteps of the Scottish anthropologist, we enjoy the mystic atmosphere of Nemi and investigate the relationship between the Rex and the Moon-Goddess Diana, whose temple was erected in the heart of the Rex Nemorensis’ Sacred Woods.

The old Appian Way will lead us to Nemi’s Lake, known by Romans as the Mirror of Diana; after a glimpse of the Pope’s summer residence, from the top of the crater-lake we go down to the newly excavated ruins of the Sanctuary of Diana, visited for centuries by expectant mothers, as well as women dreaming about getting pregnant.

Here by the lakeside Emperor Caligula built his magnificent galleon ships, sunk immediately after his death. Recovered in1929, the wrecks were destroyed during WWII. Evidence of them, though,is still being displayed in the Museum of the Ships of Nemi, where one can appreciate their amazing dimensions and decorations. Also findingsfrom the Sanctuary excavations are on show here.



WHEN : from TUESDAY to SUNDAY (except Easter Sunday and Monday, May 1st,
December 25th, January 1st)

HOW : by private transportation (limo or van or minibus) to the site;
then on foot

MEETING POINT : at your hotel/residence

MEETING TIME : to be agreed via mail

€ 400 (including transp. for a party of maximum 4 people)
€ 800 (including transp. for a party of 5-6 people)
€ 1000 (including transp. for a party of 7-13 people)
€ 1200 (including transp. for a party of 14-50 people)

ADMISSION FEES : to the Sanctuary of Diana € 5 per person;
                               to the Museum € 3 per person

OPTIONS FOR LUNCH/DINNER (not included in tour rate):
1. wine-tasting and local appetizers by the Sanctuary (€ 20 per person
- suggested at sunset)
2. old typical restaurant overlooking the lake (Ramo d'Oro or Specchio
di Diana - € 25 per person)
3. restaurant where Anthony Queen and Anita Ekberg were regulars (not
overlooking the lake)
4. wine-tasting in the local Colli Albani with a selection of the best
local wines and appetizers (€ 40 per person)

FINAL STOP : at your hotel/residence

GUIDED BY : Marlene or Max

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