Itinerary

Near to A1 Ponzano-Soratte highway exit you can visit the the old Fonte Cantaro aqueduct in Stimigliano. it is 300 meters long and was probably built before the romanization of the area. Driving along the SR 657 in the area of Collevecchio you will find Poggio Sommavilla's necropolis which as provaided much of the evidence about Sabina’s population (from X c. b. C. to roman period). In the XIX c. when for the first time archaeologists began studying the area numerous findings which are today housed in other Italian towns (such as Magliano's Civic Museum) and in the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston came to light.

Magliano's Civic Museum has four different sections, Bronze Age, Iron Age until the sabin and archaic cultures.

From Magliano taking SP54 you will arrive at Montebuono preserving, where S. Pietro ad Muricentum church, Marco Agrippa's Villa (63-12 b. C.) is still visible thanks to glasses installation.

Following the indications to Calvi you will arrive at Fianello where an ancient roman villa, probably owned by the Flavi (II c. a. C.) family, can behind S. Maria Church's apse. 

Coming back and following the indicationsin the direction of Rieti's directions you will see Vacone rich with important historical and archaeological sites. You can go follow an historical trail that include was part of the latin poet Horace's works like the famous villa donated by Mecenate in 33 b.C.

From this villa you can go the famous Bandusia Spring and the Bosco Sacro del Pago. Going forward alone via Castagneto for around 10 km we fine  Cottanello's roman villa, owned by Lucio Aurelio Cotta, and famous for its mosaics.

The villa is a domus with atrium and peristilium and its characteristics are the floors wonderfully preserved mosaic floors. Going towards Vescovio, from Cottanello in the direction of Torri (from SP48 and then SR313) you will see many roman ruins. Some excavations have brought to light a large part of a residential area with foro, basilica, workshops and a temple. Along the road you can still see ancient funeral monuments and  the arche s of an old aqueduct. Vescovio also  hosts the  Agro Foronovano Museum.

5 minutes from Vescovio on SP52/c, between Selci and Cantalupo, you will see the Archaeological Complex Tulliano. This rustic villa, datable to Hadrian's time and probably belonging Cicero, hosts today the Agrucultural Farm Il Tulliano. Tulliano st. is linked with SR313 and goes to Poggio Mirteto. Before going into its center you can enjoy a visit to Castellacce di Montorso with its Roman ruins. Going up into Poggio Mirteto's center in theSt. Valentino's area you can stop at Villa dei Casoni. This place actually belongs to Montop oli diSabina's territory but its access is easier from Poggio Mirteto. The villa, probably owned by Terenzio Varrone, would have been very luxurious thanks to its marbles, mosaics and frescoes. Particularly beautiful is the Ninfeo a 6 mt. tall and 9 mt. large wall with its 9 recesses. From Poggio Mirteto on SP46 inthe direction of  Salisano you will reach Rocca Baldesca, founded in V c. by Tebaldi from which it takes its name. Rocca Baldesca is one of the most beautiful Castles of the Sabina. Of the old fortress only the tower, a two floor building with its oil mill, six wheat wells and some other buildings remain.

Climbing the hill you will arrive at Mompeo which has an archaeological area with important tower shaped funeral monuments with a  and a roman villa.

Descending towards the direction of Castelnuovo's di Farfa the visitor can admire il Ponte sul Farfa, a bridge that is one of the most suggestive Roman testimonies in the Sabina. If you want to know more about this archaeological area you can visit the Civic Museum of Fara Sabina.  This museum established in 1980 was moved in 2001 to Palazzo Brancaleoni, in the medieval center of Fara Sabina.

The museum contains findings of the '70s excavations belonging to the two most important Sabina's villages: Cures and Eretum, often mentioned by Roman writers.