Cantalupo in Sabina

How to get

  • by train, get off at Poggio Mirteto Scalo station, railway line FL 1 Fiumicino-Orte and take the COTRAL. bus. We strongly suggest you check the web site www.cotralspa.it
  • by car, exit at Ponzano Soratte A1 highway and drive through SR 657 until Galantina crossroads, turn on the left and follow the indications

Useful numbers

Municipality: 0765 514031

Pharmacy: Viale Verdi 30 tel: 0765 514289

Post Office: Viale Verdi  - tel: 0765 514547

Health care: Viale Verdi 3/c – tel: 3337318942 

Historical overview

Under the Roman Empire its territory hosted many rustic villas. In the Medieval age all around them Pagi e Vici populated the area.

After surviving the barbaric invasions these populations decided to stay and build their own town in the highest part of the territory (between the VIII-IX century).

For these reasons they built Castrum Cantalupi, mentioned for the first time in 1037 in the Regesto Farfense. The entire history of this community was oriented around its Castle that belonged to Farfa Abbey, then it became feudal palace. The Castle was completely restructured by Cardinal Pier Donato Cesi and after these works took on the appearance of a beautiful Renaissance Palace. Under the Cardinal’s control, many churches, buildings and fountains were been built. Later, many different families, such as Vaini and Lante Della Rovere, owned the Palace. In order to honour his father, the painter Vincenzo Camuccini, in 1862 Giovanni Battista Camuccini bought it and turned it into a museum.

After numerous wars, the museum was closed. Only occasionally it is opened.

Did you know?

Cantaloupe Melon, a sweet melon variety known all over the world, arrived in these territories when in the XV century  missionaries brought it from Asiatic countries in order to cultivate it for the Popes.

Actually, the local NGO celebrate this variety of melon, planning a festival at the end of August.

Places of interest

Walking in the direction of the city center on the entrance portico you can see the Bammocci (XVI c.). They are the symbol of the town and portray Minerva and Mercury. Going ahead you will notice many small alleys branch off from the main street and at the end of which you will see the main square with its central fountain . In this square there is the beautiful Cesi-Camuccini Palace characterized by the presence of a porch at street level in the front facade and a loggia on the upper floor. At the branching back, we can still seethe two medieval towers. The rooms of the lower floor are characterized by frescoes with mythological and grotesque subjects  of extraordinary elegance painted by the workshop of Zuccari and landscapes with typical ruins painted by the Paul Brill painting school. In the same square you can  visit the SS. Maria Assunta Church from late roman baroque period . On the way out of the town you can see the ruins of a rustic villa, Complesso del Tulliano, probably owned by Marco Tullio Cicerone and dating back to the period of Hadrian Emperor. Along the way to Casperia there are the ruins of a church, which is part of convent of the Carmelites,  dedicated to St. Biagio, Saint of the town. Last but not least, parallel to SS 313 there is St. Adamo Church with late Gothic frescoes in the apse and on the walls of the nave.

Typical products

  • Extra Virgin Oil
  • Wine