Itineray

First stop-over on this itinerary is Forano. You can get there by car or by train: by car, leaving the A1 highway at Ponzano-Soratte exit; by train, getting off at Gavignano station on the railway line F1 Fiumicino-Orte. Since 1390, every 20th of January, Forano's people wake up at 5:15 to commemorate their patron saint: St. Sebastiano. The marching band wakes up citizens who join it. The commemoration continues with a collective breakfast. St. Sebastiano Church, restored in 1710, preserves beautiful frescoes. Other festivities: Pangiallo's and Nociata's feast (Pangiallo is a dessert consisting of dried fruit, honey and citrus. Nociata is a dessert made with hazelnuts) on the 6th January. Stimigliano is the second stop-over on this itinerary. Close to Forano, this town is noted for two festivities related to food: St. Giovanni Bosco's celebration and Sts. Cosma and Damiano's celebration. The first one,celebrated at the end of June, consists of the Carettelle Grand Prix (Go cart) and Ciambella stimiglianese's feast (Ciambella is a typical ring-shaped biscuits). Sts. Cosma and Damiano's feast is celebrated on 27th September and it consists of a procession, a marching band exhibition, a merchandise and livestock fair and the Fallone's feast (Fallone is a typical pasty stuffed with vegetables). Sts. Cosma and Damiano's Church is a three-nave church and was built in the first half of the seventeenth century by the marquess Enrico Orsini. Restored several times, it preserves a painting of “Mocked Jesus”, attributed to an anonymous follower of Caravaggio's school.

Along the SR 657 to Tarano you can stop and visit San Polo. An indipendent town in the past, today it is a suburb of Tarano. In 1495 the cathedral was moved from Vescovio to Magliano. San Polo’s inhabitants, to prevent St. Barnaba's relics being transfered to the new episcopal seat, took possession of them. The Pope punished the population and denied sacraments to them for ten years. Only Mary's apparition to a countrywoman released the city from punishment. Since then, every 11th June the population carries the relics in procession to the Madonna della noce Church (famous for its frescoes) that was built on the site of the apparition . Every year the small statue of St. Barnaba passes among local families according to a ceremonial-ritual system which includes refreshments for everyone.

On 23rd April, Tarano celebrates its patron saint, St. Giorgio, by eating runner  beans and pecorino cheese. On 15th May Magliano Sabina celebrates its patron saint, St. Liberatore, to which the cathedral is dedicated. In 1495, Pope Alessandro VI Borgia moved here to the Sabina diocese. The St. Liberatore cathedral was restored in late Baroque style by the architect Barigioni in the eighteenth century. This three-nave church conserves, as well as important eighteenth-century frescoes, the Falconi altarpiece, attributed to “Master of Narni in 1409”. In the sacristy there is a chiseled cross used, as the saint statue in Baroque style, during the processions. The cult history is strictly connected to the events related to the removal of St. Liberatore’s relics and its replacement with another saint’s relics: St. Liberato abbot. Magliano has, even now, a double patron saint: St. Liberatore and St. Liberato. The celebration lasts a few days and you can taste the traditional dishes.

Along the SP 54 from Magliano to Vacone you can stop and visit Montebuono. In June, during Ascension Day, the inhabitants place small lamps in their windows and they light a large fire. The whall unites around the fire (focaracciu in local language) and spends time singing and dancing traditional popular dances. When the fire dies down they cook sausages on its embers. The day after, the population leaves the town and makes a pilgrimage to the St. Benedetto abbey, 800 metres above sea level. The church was rebuilt by Carloman in 746 and it's furnished with an altar dominated by a painting illustrating St. Benedetto with the pastoral staff in his hand.

Vacone is situated between the SP 54 and the SS 313. The city name comes from the goddess Vacuna, to which the population dedicates an historic costume commemoration. During three days at the end of June you can taste quality wines, ancient Roman dishes, home made foods and discover a naturalistic-tourist itinerary. On 27th December Vacone’s inhabitants celebrate St. Giovanni Evangelista and you can taste the padellaccia, a typical dish of this area consisting of chopped pork. On the SS 313 to Terni it's we find Configni. On the 12th March the village celebrates its patron saint: St. Gregorio Magno. The celebration consists of a procession, the exhibition of marching bands and the frittelle's feast (frittelle are small fried breads eaten sweet or savoury). The St. Gregorio Magno Church is situated within the city cemetery and contains Pope Gregorio Magno’s statue. This statue is situated inside a marble structure with ribbed columns, embellished with a decorated apse.

The SP 48 connects Configni to other village in the Sabini Mountains. First stop-over is Cottanello: on the 10th of May the whole town centre is involved in St. Cataldo celebration’s and in I vicoli dell'arte e dei sapori event. During this event, you can see the master craftsmen at work inside the town centre cellas and taste the typical dishes of this area. The St. Cataldo hermitage, a hollow in a granite rock and usually visitable only with a reservation, opens its doors for Mass and for guided tours. Here you can admire the tenth-century Byzantine frescoes, the Baroque depictions that decorate the vault, the sixteenth-century Virgin with Baby Jesus fresco and the staircase built on the ruins of St. Francis of Assisi’s route.

Along the SP 48, the second stop-over is Casperia. On 24th June the population celebrates its patron saint: St. Giovanni Battista. During this celebration you can attend the Castrum Asprae event, an historic commemoration with knights, archers and flag-bearers, and you can taste the Lumache al sugo piccante (snails in a spicy sauce). The thirteenth-century St. Giovanni Battista Church, situated in the highest square of the city, was restored and extended in the sixteenth century. Here you can admire the beautiful bell tower with terminal loggia and two rouws of double mullioned windows. Within the church is an altarpiece depicting The Jesus Baptism made by Giacomo Santoro in 1524 and a St. Sebastiano sixteenth-century wood statue by the Abruzzese school.

Not far from Casperia is Roccantica. On 19th March, during the St. Giuseppe celebration, you can taste the famous frittelli (fried cauliflowers): 700 kilograms of cauliflowers are floured, fried and, still hot, sold in the main square. The St. Giuseppe Church was built between 1690 and 1696 by the marquess Giuseppe Vicentini and designed by Francesco Fontana (the famous Carlo Fontana's son). It consists of an altar, under which St. Alessandro is buried, an ancient pipe organ and the Marriage of the Virgin by the Cortona's school. Another unmissable event is the Madonna di Piedirocca's celebration on the second Sunday of September.

Along the SS 313 to Poggio Mirteto is Cantalupo in Sabina. On 3rd May the population celebrates one of its most famous and ancient feasts: the Blessed Adamo's celebration. Since 1846, near Adamo's Church,  Cantalupo's inhabitants organise a livestock fair and several activities that recall the country traditions: for example the salted breakfast consisting of aniseed ring-shaped bread, Easter cakes and asparagus and herb omelets. The Adamo's Church, built on the ruins of the first residential area (Cantalupo's Castle), preserves some beautiful frescoes depicting important cults protagonist like the Blessed Adamo, the Milk Madonna, St. Sebastiano, St. Antonio from Padova, St. Lucia and St. Leonardo. Another unmissable celebration is the Blessed Virgin Mary's feast, in which you can taste the cantaloupe.

The last stop-over of this itinerary is Montopoli di Sabina. On 29th September the population celebrates its patron saint: St. Michele Arcangelo. This celebration lasts more than a week and religious, cultural, sporting and gastronomic events involve the whole population. The pizza fritta (fried pizza), sweet or salted, is the main dish linked to this feast. The St. Michele Arcangelo Church was built in the second half of the twelfth century, but the inner current appearance dates back to the ninteenth century.