Castel di Decima: at the X of the ancient consular road to Naples
The eighteenth century Castle of Decima still retains all the charm of its ancient past.
Just twenty minutes from downtown Rome, and from the airports of Fiumicino and Ciampino, offers its guests the beauty of a historic home three of the most evocative of central Italy.
The Castle is located within the vast natural reserve of Decima Malafede. With his 6.145 hectares the estate is the largest protected area in the Roma Natura parks system.
Surrounded by green hills and a beautiful pine forest, the castle is an island outside the world, a serene and exclusive place for weddings, parties, conferences , business meetings and high-level business meetings.
The presence of the past, constantly felt for the numerous archaeological finds preserved in the castle, and a modern receptive organization, make the Castle of Decima a meeting point of great prestige.
The ancient splendor lives on in the showinteriors that can accommodate up to 300 people.
Five large multifunctional rooms adapt to the various needs and services. Old fireplaces, frescoed ceilings, antique furniture and warm furnishings, offer these occasions the suitable setting to enhance the most important events.
The outdoor spaces include a vast area court with garden and a wood-burning oven to bake bread and pizzas at the moment, as well as an elegant internal courtyard for the guests appetizers and cocktail.
Impressive ramparts surround and protect the privacy of the castle, offering the possibility of setting up buffet outdoors with a breathtaking view at 360 degrees across the valley and the Roman countryside.
Inside the village, and built into the castle, stands the parish church of St. Andrew the Apostle, dating back to the thirteenth century. The church is preceded by a portico, and internally it has a single nave, with frescoed walls. The coat of arms is present in the ceiling cardinalizio dei Torregiani, ancient owners and restorers of the building. The church is open to the public for Sunday mass and for ceremonies.
Ample parking is available for guests in the vast park surrounding the house.
History of the Castle of Decima
The Castle of Decima rises on theancient Roman road consular that led to Naples, at the X mile.
The lava stone slabs of the consular road are hidden under the old asphalt mantle Pontine, now via Clarice Tartufari.
Important archaeological finds of the Latin people were found near the junction for Sea Practice: a tomb with a wagon of the 750-725 BC., a female tomb from the mid-seventh century BC, and other finds now kept at the Museum of the Early Middle Ages a Rome.
In Roman times, there was a post for horse changing at the tenth mile. The keep of the Fortress and the Church lay on tufaceous rocks and have foundations Roman walls and vast undergrounds, remains of one Roman swimming pool. On a contiguous plateau, always tufaceo, vis are of the Latin walls, perhaps remains of the ancient Politorium, destroyed by Anco Marzio.
When the minor consular roads fell into disuse during the Lower Empire, the village was still inhabited.
In the various centuries, the castle of Decima belonged to several illustrious owners. In the 1768 the Cardinal Luigi Torrigiani, Secretary of State of Pope Clement XIII, had the building on the previous buildings built in Tenth and restructured the parish church dedicated to S. Antonio Abate, with houses and warehouses in Decima Bassa, as they now appear,
In 1938 the estate was bought by Count Romolo Vaselli, one of the most important and modern Roman entrepreneurs of the early twentieth century, who immediately became interested in land improvement. Important channels were built, as well as internal roads, and many farmhouses with water and electricity. At the same time the innovative tobacco culture was practiced and a modern peach orchard was planted. Many roads were opened, planted trees and a pine forest. Finally, an important reclamation was started, keeping the agricultural character of the place at the forefront. His heirs have continued the work with important restorations and continuous improvements in the park.
Currently, the estate is part of the Decima Malafede Nature Reserve which, due to its extension of 6.145 hectares, is the largest protected area in the park system managed by Roma Natura.
The church, owned by St. Andrew the Apostle and part of the Parish of Tor de 'Cenci, contains an interesting coffered ceiling with the coat of arms of the Torrigiani.
Places of interest nearby
Tower of Perna (10th century)
Borgo di Torre Guidaccia (15th century)
Saint Andrew the Apostle at Castel di Decima (13th century church)
Decima Malafede Nature Reserve (park protected by Roma Natura)
Osteria del Malpasso (Farmhouse - Restaurant)
Castel Romano (Shopping Center - Outlet)