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The Monumental cypress grove of Salisano

Salisano, a pretty village in the province of Rieti, preserves a real natural treasure: the Monumental cypress grove. It is an extraordinary cypress forest of the “Horizontalis” variety, whose original plant dates back several hundred years ago. Within this fascinating forest formation, there is a path that starts about 1.6 km from Salisano (Ri), just beyond the intersection between Via Montefalcone and Via Dell’Uccelatore, and climbs up to the summit of Monte Ode (968m ). From this Mount, you can enjoy a beautiful panorama that spans 360 degrees from Mount Soratte to the Sabine Mountains, from the Reatini Mountains to the Lucretili, up to the highest peaks of the Abbruzzesi Mountains. The trail, which follows in large part a CAI route (white-red signs), holds the Fosso dei Cipressi on the right and is equipped with handy documentary panels relating to the history, flora, and fauna of the area prepared by the Apidienus association. From the top of Mount Ode it is possible to proceed east towards Colle Pozzoneve (961 m), go down the whole grassy ridge to an altitude of 760 m and then turn right into the oak wood and take a cart track that leads back to the starting point for the “Via Dell’Uccellatore”.

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Santa Maria Maggiore, the oldest church in Cervaro

The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore is the oldest and most important religious monument of Cervaro, a lovely village located in the region of Lazio, in the province of Frosinone. It is a real historical monument of architecture and culture, with simple essential lines. Not only nowadays, but also in its long past, it has always been the “matrix church“, that is matrix, of the town, as we read in a plaque from the 12th century still visible underneath a stone font: “hecest sola matrix Cervarii“, can be read, or “this is the only (church) matrix of Cervaro”.

The building stands where the ancient Pesculum takes its place from the eastern side, near the medieval ruins of the Borgo and Castello, from which start via Trocchio, via Municipio, via Sobborgo and via XXIV Maggio. The front facade of the castle is clad in square-faced stones, up to the vault, with a stucco-decorated pediment; the portal is instead quadrangular, surmounted by an important composite stone cornice.

Inside, the church contains elegant stucco decorations and fake quadrangular columns; the dome is located at the main altar and houses bas-reliefs depicting the four cardinal virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortress, Temperance. It also welcomes an artistic wooden crucifix of the ‘600. The polychrome marble altar, of the baroque style, fortunately, did not suffer any demolition after the reform of the Second Vatican Council, which sanctioned the essentiality of the aisle. Other elements of merit are the choir, with graceful carvings on old wood and the pulpit.

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From Savelli to the Orsini, among the castles of the Sabina

Let’s discover the castles of the beautiful Sabina area between the provinces of Rome and Rieti! Famous today for its uncontaminated nature and the production of one of the most renowned olive oil in Italy, but a theater of critical historical events witnessed precisely by these fortresses.

A path that can only start from the slopes of the Lucretili Mountains and, in particular, from the Savelli Castle which represents the pride of Palombara Sabina. It is difficult, however, to remain indifferent to his large halls, the frescoes of the school of Raphael and the ancient Greek statues. Worth a visit: the Archaeological Museum, which houses a beautiful statue of Zeus dating back to the 1st century BC, the hanging garden and “il soccorso,” a long tunnel with 37 loopholes once used by crossbowmen to pass from the tower to the fortress without being seen.

Not far from Palombara, it is possible to admire one of the most considerable examples of Lombard “castrum.” The ruins of Castiglione, which dominate from a panoramic position a valley characterized by dense terraced olive trees. And always a few kilometers away here is the abandoned town of Stazzano Vecchio, known as one of the “ghost towns” of Lazio, with its Orsini Castle. Continuing in the direction of Farfa, a few kilometers from the famous Abbey, it is possible to see the ruins of Roccabaldesca. The journey through the castles of the Sabina can only end in Nerola and its perfectly preserved Romanesque-medieval castle: defended by a wide moat and four large corner towers. Inside you can admire the vast halls and you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding valley.

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A place full of stories like Civitavecchia, Viterbo, Tuscania and Tarquinia, along with natural wonders such as the Tolfa Mountains and Lake Bolsena.

Discovering Upper Lazio from Civitavecchia to Bolsena

A place full of stories like Civitavecchia, Viterbo, Tuscania and Tarquinia, along with natural wonders such as the Tolfa Mountains and Lake Bolsena. The itinerary to discover the beauties of Upper Lazio starts from Civitavecchia, an ancient city of Etruscan origin overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and the seaside of the Capital, which preserves the Forte Michelangelo, the Vanvitelli Fountain and the Old Port.

The journey continues in the direction of the Tolfa Mountains, where two famous villages have emerged in the past centuries for the extraction of the Aluma and Tolfa. Third, unmissable stop is Vetralla, right on the slopes of the volcanic crater, which then turned into Lake Vico, where the Monastery Regina Pacis is worth a visit; then just a few kilometers down the road to Montefiascone, and then the view opens onto the charming lake of Bolsena with its glimpses, the town of Bolsena with its historic center, the two characteristic islands and the village of Marta, climbed on the slopes of the basin.

After turning around the lake, you can go back to Civitavecchia, without forgetting to go first to Tuscania, the city of Tusci famous for the Basilica of Saint Peter, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the fountain of the “sette cannelle”, and then for Tarquinia, an ancient Etruscan town where the Necropolis, the Museum, the Palazzo Comunale and the Church of Santa Maria in Castello worth a visit.

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Ripa Majala, un gioiello roccioso nel cuore della campagna laziale

A pochi chilometri da Tarquinia e Civitavecchia si può scoprire uno dei gioielli naturalistici più particolari e affascinanti del Lazio. Ripa Majala è una bellissima perla di roccia e spit immersa nella campagna romana e viterbese, un vero e proprio paradiso per gli amanti delle arrampicate: la falesia è di grande impatto e la roccia – tufo vulcanico all’apparenza cotto e unto – è molto apprezzata da chi pratica questo sport. Nel corso della giornata i tersi colori del mattino prendono vita, trasformando i verdi prati e terreni e boschi e colline in un mare magnum animato; al tramonto, invece, la parete si dipinge di un caldo colore rosso. Agli arrampicatori Ripa Majala “propone” decine di vie adatte a tutti i gusti, e un panorama fantastico che è possibile godere dalle soste delle vie più lunghe. Senza dimenticare i prati sottostanti, molto curati, che permettono di ospitare famiglie e   bambini per godersi una bella giornata all’aria aperta, e i resti archeologici di Cencelle risalenti al 900 d.c., che “guardano” anche loro verso questa splendida roccia.

 

 

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Dai Savelli agli Orsini, a spasso fra i castelli della Sabina

Da Palombara Sabina alla scoperta dei castelli di questo splendido territorio tra le province di Roma e Rieti, famoso oggi per la sua natura incontaminata e per la produzione di un olio di oliva tra i più rinomati d’Italia, ma teatro un tempo di importanti avvenimenti storici testimoniati proprio da queste fortezze.

Un percorso che non può che iniziare dalle pendici dei Monti Lucretili e, in particolare, dal Castello Savelli che rappresenta il vanto di Palombara Sabina. Difficile, d’altronde, restare indifferenti davanti ai suoi ampi saloni, agli affreschi della scuola di Raffaello e alle antiche statue greche; meritano sicuramente una visita anche il Museo Archeologico, che ospita una splendida statua di Zeus risalente al I sec. a. C., il giardino pensile e “il soccorso”, una lunga galleria con 37 feritoie usata un tempo dai balestrieri per passare dal torrione alla rocca senza essere visti.

Non lontano da Palombara è possibile ammirare uno dei più considerevoli esempi di “castrum” longobardo: le rovine del Castiglione, che dominano da posizione panoramica una vallata dominata da fitti ulivi terrazzati. E sempre a pochi chilometri di distanza, ecco l’abitato abbandonato di Stazzano Vecchio, noto come uno dei “paesi fantasma” del Lazio, con il suo Castello Orsini; proseguendo in direzione di Farfa, a pochi chilometri dalla famosissima Abbazia sono visibili i ruderi di Roccabaldesca. Il viaggio tra i castelli della Sabina non può che chiudersi a Nerola e al suo castello in stile romanico-medievale, perfettamente conservato: difeso da un ampio fossato e da quattro ampi torri angolari, al suo interno si possono ammirare gli ampi saloni e si può godere di una vista mozzafiato sulla vallata circostante.