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tarano chiesa di santa maria
tarano chiesa di santa maria

How to get

  • by car, exit at Ponzano Soratte A1 highway and drive along SR 657, pass Stimigliano and then follow the indications.

Useful numbers

Municipality: 0765 607099

Pharmacy: via Lambruschina 1 Borgo Nuovo tel: 0765 608220 - Via Della Fontana 10 Baracche di San Polo tel: 0765 608220

Post office:  San Polo, corso Trieste snc tel: 0765 608033 - Tarano, Via Roma 22  tel: 0765 607669

Historical overview

The toponym Tarano is related to a specific place between two different streams. The first mention about this town dates back to a document of 952. The city of Farfa increased its interests in this place in the first decades of XIth century. At the same time, the Popes, starting with Niccolò II, began to expand their supremacy and, at the beginning of the XII century, Pope Paschal II reached Tarano. In 1283, he arranged an association with the Municipality of Narni to slow down roman expansion. The strengthening of the castrum and the construction of the fortress, occurred in 1341, testifing to the importance of Tarano as one of the most significant towns in Sabina. Therefore, Tarano became the main centre of defensive Papal organisation in Sabina. In 1372 the life of Tarano as an independent centre began to decline. Next, in 1410, the Savelli took the Castle thanks to Gregorio XII supremacy. In addition, during the Middle Age, a Jewish community appeared on the scene of the town, building their own synagogue, later converted in the Christian Church ‘S. Maria della Stella’. The Savelli’s domination lasted until the beginning of the XVIth century when Giovanni Paolo Orsini took the town as his territory, then, in 1581, Tarano became the property of the Apostolic Camera. Eventually, in 1853, it became an independent municipality.

Did you know?

Plan a visit to the attractive Borgo of Saint Paul, enter the church of the castle, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, and view the magnificent bell tower with its typical crenellation and the amazing bell created by Guidoccio da Pisa in 1272.

Don’t miss the Chiesa della Madonna della Noce, an enchanting church immersed in a green luxuriant landscape. Inside you can observe the table representing S. Barnabas (S.Polo’s protector) and fresco paintings as Cristo e Maria Maddalena penitente, painted by Sebastiano Florio in 1563.

Places of interest

Tarano offers visitors an iconic medieval landscape, based on the buildings around the pre-romanesque cathedral and its bell tower.

The Church dedicated to St. Mary, located on top of the medieval village, reveals an epigraph on the wall of its bell tower, with the date September, 8th 1114. The main façade, extremely asymmetric, shows evidences of many measures taken to restore, improve and enlarge the building. The most significant intervention hails from the 13 th century when the church, with its unique central nave, was extended  to absorb the tower, originally separated from the building façade. In addition, during that time, a cosmatesque rose window was inserted in the semicircular frescoed above the gate. Furthermore at the centre of the façade we can identify a fragment of a sculpture representing a satyr, maybe Pan, with a nymph and the interior, houses a fine german Pietà coming from the 15 th century, made of plychrome terracotta.

The Convent of Saint Francis is a remarkable place, too. The monastery, built in the ‘200s and nowadays almost destroyed, became so prestigious so fast that in 1299 it became the location of an important agreement between Rome and Narni.  

Cycle paths

Azienda Agricola Santucci Matteo “NORCIQUETO”: Contrada Noci Querceto - Tarano - tel: 333 7441403

Stables and riding trails

  • Centro Ippico Villanova Sabina: località S. Antonio 28, Tarano – tel: 330 737677

Typical products

  • Extra Virgin Oil
  • Wine