Le Vie dell’Olio e l’Abazia di Farfa
Itinerario Naturalistico & Artistico
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Punto di Partenza
Sabina is the land of the olive par excellence, just 50 kilometers from Rome, it offers wonderful opportunities for recreation, between the natural beauty, architecture of ancient villages, fine food and a ‘unique welcome, it amazes in all seasons. Oil is the pretext for discovering this enchanting land.
Canneto Olive Tree
First stop, which is both necessary and a must, is a visit to the Ulivone di Canneto. A very old (apparently approaching 2,000 years old) tree located on the private estate of the Bertini brothers. The tree measures 7 meters in circumference and legend has it that it was the king of Rome Numa Pompilius who drilled it, and it has an annual production of about 12 quintals of olives.
Olive trees have always represented the Sabine territory with their varieties, the most common being frantoio, leccino, carboncella and rosciola.
Continuing to Toffia, you can visit the village, a pretty characteristic village overlooking the valleys rich in natural beauty. Inside the village, jewels of the past present themselves to visitors such as Palazzo Castellani, Palazzo Gabrielli, not to mention every characteristic corner that makes for an enchanting stop.
Abbey of Farfa
The third leg of the oil vide includes L’ Abazia di Farfa
Farfa Abbey, located in the municipality of Fara in Sabina, province of Rieti, Lazio, is one of the oldest and most important abbeys in Italy, with a history dating back to the 8th century. Founded in 680 AD by Benedictine monks led by St. Thomas of Moor, the abbey played a crucial role in preserving knowledge and traditions during the medieval European period, becoming a religious and cultural center of great significance.
The abbey is also known for its library, which preserves medieval manuscripts and texts of inestimable historical and artistic value. Today, Farfa Abbey continues to be an active place of worship, welcoming worshippers and visitors interested in exploring its fascinating history and admiring its beautiful architecture.
Sabina Oil Museum
For our fourth stop is the Museo dell’Olio della Sabina, a facility located in Castelnuovo di Farfa, in the province of Rieti, entirely dedicated to the history and culture of olive growing in the Sabina region, in the heart of central Italy.
Founded in 2009 by the Cultural Association “L’Olio della Sabina,” the main purpose of the museum is to promote and spread knowledge of Sabine extra virgin olive oil, an internationally recognized high quality product.
The museum is housed in Palazzo Perelli, a charming 16th-century building located in the town’s historic center. The museum’s exhibition itinerary is divided into four well-defined thematic sections:
- The History of Oil in Sabina: This section offers a journey through the history of olive growing in the region, starting from prehistory to the present day.
- The Cultivation of the Olive Tree: Here the various techniques used in olive cultivation are explained, from the beginning of the cycle with planting to the olive harvesting stage.
- Oil Production: This section delves into the different stages involved in olive oil production, from the importance of pressing to the intricate procedure of preservation.
- Oil in the kitchen: This part of the museum explores the use of oil in traditional Sabina cuisine, emphasizing its importance in local gastronomy.
In addition to its permanent exhibition, the museum organizes a series of educational activities and workshops designed for both adults and children, offering an interactive and educational experience for all visitors interested in discovering the fascinating and ancient world of olive oil in Sabina.
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Montopoli di Sabina
The Tour continues to Montopoli di Sabina, Two beautiful overlooks allow one to admire the valleys below: on one side the Tiber Valley and on the other side the plain stretching all the way to Rome. In the harvest season, which takes place in the fall, you can visit the surrounding olive mills, tasting the oil fresh from the separator