(or Alba Longa
) was a city of ancient Latium
in central Italy
about 19 km (12 miles) southeast of Rome
. It was founded in the 12th century B.C
In Roman legend
, Albalonga was founded by Ascanius
, the son of Aeneas
, and was later the birthplace of Romulus
. Ascanius was also known as Iulus
; the Julian family, ancestors of Julius Caesar
, claimed descent from Iulus.
See founding of Rome
It is supposed that the papal summer palace of Castel Gandolfo stands on the site of the ancient city.