Places not to be missed

  • The Orsini Barberini Castle a Monterotondo 11/07/2013

    The Monterotondo Town Hall is situated in the Orsini Barberini Castle. The present palace was completed in the 17th century on top of a pre-existing castle of very ancient construction, owned by the Orsini family beginning in the 15th century.

  • Guidonia Montecelio and the pinciarelle 11/07/2013

    We are here in the square of the scenic overlook of one of the two hills making up Montecelio, on Monte Albano to be exact. The other is Monte Celio itself, with its medieval village.

  • The Medieval Village of Montelibretti 11/07/2013

    Montelibretti is an attractive village of the Roman Sabina. The small village originated as an ancient medieval centre enclosed by walls and has the most extensive olive oil cultivation in the area. The origin of the township nevertheless remains controversial: according to some sources it goes back to the emperor Commodus

  • Mellaina, Styrax Officinalis in Monti Lucretili Park 11/07/2013

    We are inside the Monti Lucretili Regional Nature Park, established in 1989. The Park covers an area of about 19,000 hectares and stretches over two provinces: the province of Rome and the province of Rieti.

  • The medieval village of Moricone 10/07/2013

    Moricone, with its terraced houses and steep narrow streets, is in the park of Monti Lucretili. The entire village, dominated by the 12th century castle known as The Rock maintains a medieval aspect that survives to this day: narrow, winding streets, steep staircases, small stone houses, ancient courtyards

  • Farfa Gorge 10/07/2013

    In the area of Mompeo Township, the Natural Monument of Farfa Gorge stretches over an area of 35 hectares. This small protected area inclues an extremely beautiful stretch of the Farfa river, one of the tributaries of the Tiber that crosses Sabina. The area is a paradise for trekkers and nature lovers and includes a mixed forest of holm oak, tukey oak and hormbeam.

  • Rock Sanctuary of San Michele 10/07/2013

    This holy place, much revered in the Middle Ages, was probaly dedicated in pre-Christian times to the cult of the mysterious goddess Vacuna. Vacuna was a divinity worshipped by the ancient Sabines as protectress of crops and forests. In the early Medieval period this pagan cult was replaced by Christianity. The cave was in fact consecrated to Saint Michael the Archangel, whose cult spread in south central Italy in the Longobard period.

  • Savelli Torlonia Castle at Palombara Sabina 09/07/2013

    The massive Savelli Torlonia Castle dominates the village of Palombara Sabina. The castle, constructed by the Savelli family, was a true stronghold, built to resist sieges

  • The medieval charm of the Village of Cottanello 09/07/2013

    Seen from afar the village of Cottanello reveals in full its medieval nature, surrounded as it is by walls and fortified towers. Everyone entering the village passes through the Gate of the Kingdom, so-called because it faces north, in the direction of the Kingdom of Naples. The ancient watchtower, to the left of the gate, has been transformed over the centuries into the apse of the church of San Luigi

  • The twin castles of Rocchette e Rocchettine 09/07/2013

    The view of the twin castles of Rochette and Rocchettine, perched above the gorge carved in the rock by the river Aia, can be considered one of the most picturesque in Sabina.

  • The Olive Oil Museum at Castelnuovo di Farfa 09/07/2013

    The Castelnuovo di Farfa Museum is the brainchild of two architects and a working group that shared the single idea and purpose of carrying forward a truly original vision of a typical agricultural product – olive oil.

  • Memories of Garibaldi at Mentana 09/07/2013

    Welcome to our Museum of Mentana which is actually called the National Museum of the Roman Territorial Campaign for the liberation of Rome in 1867. The Museum was built at the beginning of the 20th century in 1905, to be exact.

  • The Sanctuary of Saint Francis at Greccio 09/07/2013

    To the visitor, the Franciscan sanctuary at Greccio appears to be set into the rock, like an eagle’s nest immersed in a lush forest of oaks. It is known throughout the world as the place where, on Christmas night in 1223, Saint Francis created a living nativity scene. The heart of the sanctuary is the small chapel of Saint Luke, built in the cave where the nativity scene was presented

  • The Museum of Silence at Fara in Sabina 09/07/2013

    Sabina hosts one of the strangest and quietest places in the world… At Fara Sabina, within the walls of the Monastery of the Poor Clares the Museum of Silence has been created. In an emotionally touching way, the museum recounts the experiences and peculiarities of the life of the Poor Clares.

  • Farfa Abbey 09/07/2013

    The Fara Sabina area contains one of the most historically interesting medieval buildings in Europe: Farfa Abbey. Built in the 6th century, although damaged many times, it retains its unique beauty and charm, situated as it is in its setting of olive trees such as only Sabina can provide. The complex includes the church, two cloisters, the crypt, the museum and a splendid library.

  • The oldest olive tree in Sabina 09/07/2013

    We are here at Canneto where there is one of the oldest olive trees in Sabina, an ancient tree more than two thousand years old. It isn’t the only ancient olive tree in the area – there is another at Palombara Sabina, but all of Sabina is full of ancient groves