In the early fifties about 1950 Castel San Pietro Romano was “the most beat-up and wrecked village of Italy”! This definition was given to Castel San Pietro Romano by the famous photojournalist Adolfo Porry-Pastorel who was the Mayor of the village during that time too. Meeting his friend Vittorio De Sica, he said: “We have travelled in everyplace of Abruzzo and we could not find such a beat-up country as to shoot a movie in”.
So Castel San Pietro Romano became Sagliena, the country of the audaucious love stories of the Marshal (Vittorio de Sica) and the “bersagliera” (Gina Lollobrigida) in “Bread, Love and Dreams”.
Since then, Castel San Pietro was the set of several film productions and the people of the country turned themselves into actors for various films including “Bread, Love and Dreams”, “Bread, love and jealousy,” always with V. De Sica and G. Lollobrigida, “The Federal” with Ugo Tognazzi, “Liolà” with Ugo Tognazzi and Giovanna Ralli, “The two marshals” by Toto and De Sica, “Tuppe, tuppe marescià” with Peppino De Filippo, Lorella De Luca and Giovanna Ralli.
Castel San Pietro Romano is a picturesque small village of ancient origins situated on the ancient acropolis of Praeneste (actually city of Prenestina) over 752 mt. high.
The view it offers, from the Praeneste Mountain to the Alban Hills it is charming and seems almost enchanted, as frozen in time.
It is perched on a hill in a characteristic game of stone streets, alleys, bell towers and cosy squares. The church of Saint Peter the Apostle, whose altar was set up by Pietro da Cortona, is of extreme beauty.
You can get lost in the ancient atmosphere of the overwhelming Castle Fortress and take a glance of the Cyclopean Walls of the 8th century B.C., recently restored.
From this small though charming town, an enchanted gem, you can admire one of the best views of Latium. You will be almost astonished by its characteristic homes and could run into typical restaurants where you will taste traditional flavours.
Walks and excursions that can be made to the Valley of Cannucceta, to the Temple of Fortuna Primigenea as well as to the small towns of Guadagnolo and Capranica Prenestina, make of Castel San Pietro Romano a tourist Sunday destination chosen by groups that reach this little paradise by car, motorcycles or classic cars.