The Pantano Borghese estate is one of the oldest in the Agro Romano and was acquired by the Borghese family in 1613, which in the nineteenth century reclaimed the area by letting the waters of the lake flow into the adjacent Osa ditch. The work made possible the agricultural activity that is still conducted today, after more than 400 years. It extends for 300 hectares between via Casilina to the south and via Prenestina to the north, in the countryside of the municipality of Monte Compatri.
Dr. Agronomist Federico Cavazza, grandson of Donna Livia Borghese in Cavazza, now leads the company which produces high quality fresh milk for the local market in Rome, as well as typical cereals from the Agro Romano. Agricultural activity is still prevalent and our guests can attend the various stages of working the fields and livestock, a now rare and interesting experience especially for rediscovering ancient traditions and returning to full contact with nature.
In addition, with its finely renovated apartments, the Company offers an excellent Bed & Breakfast service just 40 minutes by Metro from Rome (Metro Line C – Montecompatri Pantano stop). The apartments have been created in the ancient farmhouses and enjoy a splendid view of the Roman castles. Staying in the ancient apartments will mean going back in time, lulled by the history and beauty of nature itself.
For over 15 years, the estate has been an ideal location for weddings and private events, making all its natural and architectural treasures available to the public so far unexplored. The exteriors are characterized by the most diverse connotations. The scenarios open onto the Roman ruins of the Alexandrine III D.C. Aqueduct. and on the manicured gardens, expanses of cultivated fields and centenary cork clearings. The Alexandrian Aqueduct was the last of the great aqueducts built in Rome and was built in 226 AD. from Alessandro Severo from whom it takes its name. The aqueduct captures water from the springs that spring about three kilometers north of Colonna, near Pantano Borghese; it was commissioned by the emperor to feed the Neronian baths in Campo Marzio, between the Pantheon and Palazzo Madama, which he rebuilt and named Alessandrine. The aqueduct was built using all the technical skills of the time that allowed for lightness of masses and economy of materials. It had a concrete core covered in brick and its path almost entirely unfolded above the ground through continuous arcuations: its length is calculated in about 22 kilometers and its flow rate was equal to 529 quinaries corresponding to 243.34 liters per second. Already in ancient times the building underwent a series of important renovations starting from the III-IV century. A.D. (text taken from the website of the Municipality of Rome, Municipio Roma VII).