Genzano di Roma
Comune di Genzano di Roma
Panorama of Genzano
Panorama of Genzano
Coat of arms of Genzano di Roma
Location of Genzano di Roma
Genzano di Roma is located in Italy
Genzano di Roma
Genzano di Roma
Location of Genzano di Roma in Italy
Genzano di Roma is located in Lazio
Genzano di Roma
Genzano di Roma
Genzano di Roma (Lazio)
Coordinates: 41°42′N 12°41′E / 41.700°N 12.683°E / 41.700; 12.683
Metropolitan cityRome (RM)
FrazioniLandi, Muti
 • MayorCarlo Zoccolotti (Democratic Party (Italy))
 • Total17.9 km2 (6.9 sq mi)
435 m (1,427 ft)
 (31 January 2022)[2]
 • Total24,072
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code06
ISTAT code058043
Patron saintSt. Thomas of Villanova
Saint daySeptember 18th
WebsiteOfficial website

Genzano di Roma is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Rome, in the Lazio region of central Italy. It is one of the Castelli Romani, at a distance of 29 kilometres (18 mi) from Rome, in the Alban Hills.


The origin of the name Genzano is still disputed. According to one version, the hill overlooking the Lake of Nemi on which the city is situated was once devoted to the goddess Cynthia, whose cult was associated to that of Diana Nemorensis. Another version relates its origin to the Gentiani family. For others the presence on the hills, at that time of the "tribus or gens Cynthia" originators and custodians of the cult of courage, in "Castrum Gentianum" from them the derivation of the name Genzano.

From Roman Republican times the area was inhabited by wealthy Roman citizens who wished to benefit from the cleaner air, uncontaminated water and cooler temperatures during the hot summer months. The remains of many ancient Roman villas are to be found in the surroundings. The most impressive being the walls of the "Villa of the Antonini" where the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius (r. 138–161 AD) was born. The Herculean Sarcophagus of Genzano, currently in the British Museum was found here.

In the 12th century a tower of the Genoese Gandolfi family, lord of Castel Gandolfo, existed in the site. In 1183 Pope Lucius III gave it to the Cistercian monks of St. Anastasius of Aquae Salviae in Rome. In 1235 they built a large castle around which the town later grew. In 1378 the Popes assigned it to Giordano Orsini. The Cistercians and the Colonna alternatively ruled Genzano until 1563, when the castle was ceded for 150,000 scudos to the Massimi, from which it was bought by Giuliano Cesarini.

Livia Cesarini, the last exponent[clarification needed] of the family and wife of Francesco II Sforza, together with architect Giovanni Iacobini, designed and built Genzano Nuova (New Genzano) in 1708, according to the most modern urban planning of that time. The painter Maratti was one of the citizens who settled in Livia Sforza-Cesarini's new town.

In 1873 it was decided that the name of the town should be changed to Genzano di Roma to avoid confusion within the postal service as there are two towns in Italy called Genzano.

In the 19th and early 20th century it was seat of numerous peasant revolts; during World War II it suffered heavy damage under Allied bombings, which destroyed 90 percent of its buildings.

In 2022 it was chosen as one of the locations for the filming of Fast and Furious 10, along with the City of Rome.[3]

Main sights


In June, a folkloristic and religious exhibition, the "Infiorata" is held. A whole street (Via Italo Belardi) is covered with allegorical carpets of flowers and a masked parade walk on these, with medieval and traditional clothes realized by the town's women. The event was held for the first time in 1778. Each year the artists suggestions must conform to a previously agreed upon theme, such as "The Colours of Michelangelo", or "The Designs of Bernini". In Spring it has recently become traditional a "mini Infiorata" made by the children from the local schools.

Twin cities


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Il Caffe (2022-05-16), Iniziate le riprese di Fast & Furious 10 a Genzano: traffico, curiosi e… azione (in Italian), archived from the original on June 28, 2022, retrieved 2024-02-19