What to see in Nemi, an itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the ruins of the Church of San Nicola, the Church of the Crucifix, the Ship Museum and the Strawberry Festival.
Smaller municipality for inhabitants among those located in the geographical area of the Castelli Romani, Nemi is famous for the strawberries that are grown in the territory, which is followed by the festival dedicated to this seasonal fruit, which takes place annually on the first Sunday of June.
Among the buildings of worship to visit in Nemi is the Church of San Nicola, today reduced to a ruin but whose origins are very ancient.
Next to the church there are the remains of an ancient thermal plant, dating back to the period between the first and fourth century before Christ, above it is the source of the nymph Egeria who, according to legend, by dint of crying for the death of King Numa Pompilius was transformed into a source by the goddess Diana.
In the Church of the Crucifix, which dates back to the seventeenth century, there is a beautiful wooden crucifix, a work created by Fra Vincenzo da Bassiano.
In the church of Santa Maria del Pozzo, with a single nave interior and six side chapels, the sixteenth-century altarpiece bearing the effigy of the Madonna of the well is preserved.
Palazzo Ruspoli, surrounded by a roof garden and placed in a dominant position on the town of Nemi, is of medieval origin but was renovated in the Renaissance period.
Inside the palatial complex, which is developed around the central cylindrical tower, there are ancient marble fragments and tempera decorations of the eighteenth century, made by the painter Liborio Coccetti.
Along the shores of Lake Nemi is the Museum of Ships, dedicated to the mysterious history, shrouded in legend, of some boats found on the lake bottom.
In the museum it is possible to see some finds found from ancient Roman ships, as well as various scale models.