Tolfa is a small town of just over five thousand inhabitants in the province of Roma. It is located about 25 kilometers inland from Civitavecchia. Main attractions are the Sant’Egidio Church and the Palazzo Comunale.
Tolfa travel guide
Region: Lazio. Province: Rome. The zip code is 00059. The area code is 0766. The town does not have a tourist office. There is a Pro Loco in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 12 (tel. +39 076693624). The town has one sub-municipality, namely Santa Severa Nord.
Tolfa does not have a railway station. From Rome you first take the train to Civitavecchia and then the bus (Cotral) to Tolfa. You can also take a bus to Civitavecchia – Tolfa or to Bracciano – Tolfa. The travel time is between 2 and 3 hours. The starting point is the station Saxa Rubra on the Roma Nord line.
What to see in Tolfa
The Palazzo Comunale, which houses the city’s Museo Civico.
The Capuchin Monastery was built in the 16th century.
The Collegiata di Sant’Egidio Church is the most important church in the city. The exact year of construction is unknown, although it is known to have existed as early as the 16th century.
The Madonna della Sughera Church.
Excursions outside Tolfa
Sentiero del Biancone
Le Vie dell’Acqua
Sentiero dei Ginepri
The beach and sights in the town of Santa Marinella.
A brief history of Tolfa
The original inhabitants of the territory were the Etruscans. Their main activities were agriculture, craftsmenship and mineral extraction. Later the area was taken over by the Romans.
In the early 13th century, Tolfa was property of the Holy See. In the 14th century it was a feud of the Frangipane family.
The biggest change in the city’s history occurred in the late 15th century, when aluminum was discovered in the area.
In 1799, the city rebelled against the French. The inhabitants were defeated, however, and many rebels were killed by the French troops.
How to get to Tolfa by car
By car from Rome: Follow the SS1 (Via Aurelia) or the A12 in a northerly direction. Take the Santa Severa exit and then the provincial road to Your destination.
By car from Civitavecchia: Follow the SP Braccianese – Claudia in the direction of Allumiere – Tolfa – Bracciano.