Itinerary

The millenary oil of Canneto Sabino is the living testimony of Sabina's predisposition to produce olive oil. It is hypothesised (but unconfirmed) that this specific type of tree could date back to the rule of Numa Pompilio, Sabinian born king of Rome, in power between 715 b.c. and 673 b.c. The tree, of the 'olivastro' variety, was purchased in 1876 by the Bertini family. It is approximately 15 metres tall, with a trunk 7.2 metres wide, leading to a diameter of roughly 30m when considering the entire foliage. A hole can be found in the centre of the trunk that extends all the way to the roots, almost creating a cave. Ancient reports show collections of 12 tonnes of olives with a yield of 150 litres of oil, also known as a 'somma' (old type of measurement).

The 'Oleoteca di Farfa', near the splendid Abbey, is a must-visit place in Canneto Sabino, where it is possible to taste and purchase the best oils of the Sabine and Lazio regions. The small church of San Donato (9th century), in Castelnuovo di Farfa, also makes for a delightful visit as part of an oil museum tour in Sabina. The architecture and accompanying music celebrate the pivotal role of oil in the Mediterranean lifestyle. The church is surrounded by the 'olive tree garden of the world', a symbolic space where different types of olive trees grown in the Mediterranean are present. The garden is also  home to an olive tree from the garden of Gethsemane, donated by the Holy Land delegation.

Sabina is also characterised by the fragrant smell of its grapes, which are grown around medieval villages, as well as typical products ranging from cheeses to meat.  The Sabine wine, less well-known in comparison to its oil, can still impress for its excellence. Poggio Mirteto is home to the Santa Lucia Estate, where the red wine “Morrone” Syrah Lazio IGT is produced, while in Magliano several DOC wine cellars present “Colli della Sabina”, a brand of both white and red wine made directly from the vineyards on the Sabine hills. This geographical segregation of different types of wine dates back to ancient Rome times: Strabo, Pliny the Elder that highlighted the typical Sabine grapes of 'vinaciola', as well as the poet Horatio who acclaimed Sabine wine.

Another Sabine delicacy is the Cacio Magno, a cheese that was named after Charlemagne, king of the Franks and Lombards as well as emperor of the Romans, after he tasted it in the Farfa Abbey. The cheese was a novelty at the time, and the King found it so good he took a sizable quantity back with him to enjoy on the rest of his trip. The 2015 Cacio Magno was selected as one of the 100 delicacies of the Lazio region at the Milan Expo.

Numerous tourist routes dedicated to the attractions of the Sabine area are available on the website of the Oil route www.stradaoliosabina.it