Cisternone Romano Albano Laziale
Address, opening hours and ticket price
The address of the Cisternoni is Via Aurelio Saffi – Albano Laziale. In order to visit this attraction, one must consult the Museo Civico Albano in advance (Address: Viale Risorgimento 3, tel. +39 069325759 or 069323490).
History and Description
The Cisternone Romano is shaped like an irregular quadrangle. The long sides measure approximately 48 and 45.50 meters and the short sides 30 and 32 meters. It has a capacity of around 10,000 cubic meters of water.
The Cisternoni (plural) actually consist of a huge reservoir measuring 30 by 50 meters. It was built by the architects of the 2nd Parthian Legion. Their task was to guarantee the water supply to the army camp (the Castra Albana) and the surrounding settlements.
The construction was partly dug out of the rock and partly made of bricks. It is divided into five naves and held up by 36 pillars. The walls are covered with a waterproof plaster.
The most impressive aspect of the cisternoni is that they would still function perfectly today. This is in spite of the fact that the water supply channels that draw the water from the springs along Lake Albano date back to Roman times.