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
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.
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.
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
Don Carmelo Cristiano and the village of the ‘corsairs’ 09/07/2013
Montopoli is known as the town of the corsairs. This is why: because there were these mastiffs that were called cani corsi, a species of molossoids. When the Montopolese (people of Montopoli) went to war they took with them these attack dogs.
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
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 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.
Farfatesse and the art of weaving 09/07/2013
Weaving here in Farfa began with my mother, Teolinda Barberini My mother was brought here by the Count of Misurata, who had restored this little village and made it a crafts center. She was from L’Aquila and opened this workshop, which I still run today