Montebuono

Web site
http://www.comune.montebuono.ri.it
montebuono chiesa di san pietro ad muricentum
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How to get

  • by train, get off at Poggetto-Collevecchio of the FL 1 Fiumicino-Orte railway line, take the COTRAL bus in the town direction. We strongly suggest you check the website www.cotralspa.it

  • by car, exit at Magliano Sabina of the A1 highway and take SS 3 in the direction of Terni Orticoli and follow the indications to Montebuono.

Useful numbers

Municipality: 0765 607631

Pharmacy: De Bella Maria, via Roma 5 tel: 0765 607133

Health care: Sig. Massimo Greco tel: 347 0838363

Post office: via Maglianese  tel: 0765 607628

Historical overview

As written in the Statuto di Monebuono in Sabina (1437) the origins of its foundation seem to be a mystery. One of the most convincing hypothesis affirms that Montebuono was founded in the late ‘200 during the rearrangement of the comitatus di Sabina.

Some of the bishops of the apostolic See such as Gerardo Bianchi, in order to keep the diocese united decided to give structure to this area.

Many archaeological findings such as a wonderful villa with its own baths have led the researchers to believe that Montebuono was built during the Roman Empire. Probably the owner was Marco Vipsanio Agrippa who built the Pantheon in Rome and who was one of the most important collaborators of the Emperor Augusto.

In considering the origins of its name, it seems clear due to the hospitality of the place. During the XIV century it became part of the Savelli family lands. In 1580, like many towns in the area, it became part of the Holy See’s properties.

Did you know?

After the II World War, the Library of Yale University bought a large amount of documents and original manuscripts in order to enlarge its ancient texts section. Among them was the original manuscript of the Statuto di Montebuono. In 2007 a student from Yale University decided to write a thesis about this old and important statute. So the librarian Prof. Widener decided to contact the Municipality of Montebuono who knew nothing about the existence of this document. Later the municipality published a book entitled “Lo Statuto di Montebuono in Sabina 1437”.

Places of interest

Montebuono is a typical village center, recently restored, that has an old quadrangular shape. Another attraction is the ruin of the large villa, probably owned by Agrippa, which was probably one square kilometre. Among the religious buildings you must visit St. Peter Ad Muricentum Church, built in ‘200 on the ruins of Agrippa’s villa. The Church is characterized by a dominating bell tower. The apse it’s decorated by a fresco representing a wonderful Last Judgement dating back to ‘400, attributable to Jacopo da Roccantica, and another a fresco on the right nave. The writing in the work representing the Nativity, painted by a Colaberti student, has led the researchers to consider that the frescoes were commissioned by (dalle bone don(n)e de Montebonu) the good women of Montebuono in 1451. The name Ad Muricentum is probably due to the numerous walls of Agrippa’s villa.

The Regestum iurisdictionis Episcopatus Sabiniensis (1343) cites the St. Benedetto Hermitage, a very small church with just one apse with a painting representing St. Benedict on its top. From the hermitage you can even see St. Peter Dome in Rome.

FIANELLO

Fianello preserves many and interesting testimonies dating back to Roman age. Before arriving at the village, in the cemetery you can visit S. Maria Assunta Romanic Church, the year of its construction is written in the Diocese Sabina Churches Register. Particularly beautiful is the Romanic Crypt divided in tree naves with cross vaults made with material taken from other buildings such as two capitals modelled by Magister Johannes under presbiter Florentinu’s will. On the presbytery there is a simple marble desk and the abse’s washbowl preserves parts of a fresco, still visible thanks to the recent restoration.

Fianello, ancient medieval town, belonged to the Duchy of Spoleto, then to the Savelli family and during the Renaissence to Orsini’s.

We suggest you visiting Palazzo Orsini Savelli on one side of the main square, Piazza del Borgo, whose access is situated  under overpass (datable back to the Renaissence) with perfectly conserved portal.

In front of the Palace, in 1571, St. Giovanni Battista Church on a pre-existent church and its bell tower. 

Nature tours

  • San Sebastiano - Eremo di San Benedetto

Stables and riding trails

  • Centro Ippico Borgo S'Andrea, loc. S. Andrea (Montebuono) - tel: 329 2206763
  • ASD Lo Spirito Libero Trekking, voc. S. Andrea 29 - info@lospiritolibero.it 

Typical products

  • Extra Vergin Oil
  • Wine