Nemi is a town with ancient origins, legend has it that Romulus, first king of Rome, was born in Nemi because he was the son of a vestal of the Temple of Diana. Nemi in the past has been attended by great artists like Goethe, Stendhal and D'Annunzio that in the country found inspiration for their masterpieces. Nemi is in fact the ideal place to relax and take long walks. In Nemi you can also enjoy the local specialties, such as the famous Strawberries of Nemi, also used to make delicious cakes.
The town's name derives from "Nemus", the sacred grove of Diana, which extended for most of the volcanic basin around the lake. The remains of the sanctuary and the forests are visible in the area of "Il Giardino" below the cliff on which stands the town, not far from the Museum of Roman Ships.
HISTORY OF NEMI
Nemi has always been a place of pilgrimage by the Romans and beyond who came to the city to go to the Temple of Diana. The sacred character of the territory of Nemi was throughout the Roman Period allowing the consecration of large woods impenetrable, forbidden to the profane to the point that the emperor Caligula, to add the ban on building on earth, he carried out on the lake with the two vessels function real houseboats. Nemi was formed as a result of a farming community called "mass nemus" that the Emperor Constantine gave a concession to the Basilica of San Giovanni Battista of Albano Laziale. The Counts of Tusculum transformed Nemi into a Castrum. Under the rule of the monks took final form in the village, located on a small bluff overlooking the lake. Nemi over the years became one of the fiefs of the Colonna family, then the Orsini.
With the unification of Italy, Nemi becomes a municipality, yet the castle and the adjacent properties are purchased at the beginning of the 900 family of Ruspoli, who bring to an end, as well as some restructuring of the old building artefact even the organization of the city's historic center.
THINGS TO SEE IN NEMI
The Museum of Roman Ships: was created between 1933 and 1939 to accommodate two ships belonged to the emperor Caligula. Inside the building today are exposed materials and documents related to the craft and history of their recovery. A section of pre and proto-exposed stone materials from settlements and cemeteries of the Roman Castles. A section is reserved for the Albanian population of the territory in Republican and Imperial Age with special attention to certain aspects of religiosity. On display are also finds from excavations at the Sanctuary of Diana Nemorense and materials of high artistic quality found in the ruins of Ardea and ancient Satricum.
Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception: Also known as the church of Santa Maria del Pozzo (Latin de Pute) is the largest Catholic place of worship at Nemi, the site suburbicarian Albano. Legend has it that the name originated from an apparition of the Madonna some girls in the vicinity of a well located near the ancient church. The current structure was rebuilt on the old in the late seventeenth century by the feudal lord Mario Frangipane.
Palazzo Ruspoli: Medieval building built by the Counts of Tusculum in the period of their expansion into this side of the Alban Hills, rebuilt in Renaissance features, with round tower, around which was rebuilt in the form of a baronial mansion, contains ancient marble fragments and In the tower, decorated in tempera of the XVIII - XIX L. It is one of the most beautiful land, surrounded by a beautiful garden terrace and enriched in by magnificent frescoes adorning the halls.
Temple of Diana Nemorense: Are the remains of Roman building where you see the rectangular base, parts of the portico of the peristyle and circular altar. Near the temple were found the remains of a theater. The Ship's Museum is located along the shores of Lake Nemi, which occupies the bottom of a secondary crater of the volcano Lazio.