Monday, November 16, 2020


Altitude 260 m (850 feet). 6,300 inhabitants

Medieval town on the slopes of a conical hill (Monte Musino 376 m - 1250 feet) on top of which there are traces of an ancient round building. It was maybe the Arae Mutiae from which there is a beautiful view

The earliest records of the city date back to the eighth century. It was property of the Orsini family

Original name Scrofano perhaps due to the breeding of pigs (scrofa is female pig in Italian), favored by the presence of oaks producing acorns in the area

Current name due to a false etymology: sacro fano = sacred temple

From the area near the town comes part of the mosaic floor of the Round Hall of the Vatican Museums

Inside the village JEWISH GHETTO the only one in the province of Rome except the one in Rome itself. The Jewish community has however abandoned it for some decades now

Important remains of WALLS with door made of peperino stone and TOWN HALL of 1707

S. Giovanni Battista

St. John the Baptist

Medieval foundation, rebuilt in the late 1400s

The bell tower was built in the twelfth century

In the apse there is a very much ruined fresco with "Assumption" by the Roman school of the end of the sixteenth century

S. Biagio

St. Blaise

1704, gilded wooden ceiling with three large canvas embedded

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