Selci

How to get

  • by train, get off at the Gavignano station, railway line FL 1 Fiumicino-Orte and take COTRAL bus. We strongly suggest you checking the website www.cotralspa.it

  • by car, exit at Ponzano Soratte A1 highway and drive through SR 657 towards Stimigliano, pass the town, turn on the right and follow the indications.

Useful numbers

Municipality: 0765 519138

Pharmacy: via roma 22 tel: 0765 519143

Post office: Via Roma, 12 tel: 0765 519369

Historical overview

Selci is a small village, established after the seventh and ninth-century barbaric and Saracenic invasions. Its name comes from the black flint used to build the Roman road. It was fortified in later centuries and it became a Castrum (castle). Selci’s inhabitants were subjects to the Holy See when it took possession of their territory. After the Holy See moved to Avignon from Rome the city rose against it, as many surrounding cities. The Savelli, Orsini and Colonna families instigated the insurrection, but in 1364 the papal sovereignty restored the power in the area. The Orsini's ruled the city until 1596, when the Apostolic Camera sold the castle to the Cesi family leaving an important historic document, the Statute (1455), still preserved in Selci. The Cesi's built an area surrounding the ancient tower of Selci. They issued a series of codes, known as Bandi Generali, in favor of  civilized life. They established a chaplaincy within St. Stephen’s Church, where the district inhabitants could pray without going to the city centre. In 1697 the Castle was sold to Guido Vaini (Prince of Cantalupo, a nearby village). The village were under the jurisdiction of the Roman Church and nothing changed until the Unification of Italy.

Did you know?

Selci is renowned for its Porchetta, a typical way of cooking pork. The recipe is the result of many generation's of experience. This typical product is famous for its excellent preparation. Chilli pepper, salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary and the tasty pork's meat bread in rural Sabina.

Before cooking the pork must be flavored and then sewn all around a chestnut rod. In the oven the meat turns around the pole, in this way the color of this masterpiece is completed. Just 4hours to delight your palate with two pieces of home made bread or with a typical byn called rosetta.

Places of interest

Passing through the city gate, on the right you can see the Holy Savior Church. Here is a seventeenth-century altarpiece depicting Jesus in the clouds and the angels. On the left a small square, known in ancient times as Platea palatii Communis, and the ruins of the town wall. The square tower, roccha castri in the past, was restored and still overlooks the town. Furthermore it hosts art exhibitions and farm tool exhibitions. In the north-west of the city walls there is a defensive tower. It was the town’s second door (posterula). It's difficult to identify the old appearance of the city because of the many transformations which have occured over time. Nevertheless the defensive tower and the city walls show the first fortification of the Castrum Silicii.

Unmissable: St. Eleuterio Church (Savini Nicci's family property); St. Stephen Church (patron saint of the city); Tulliano's Villa where there are some memorial stones of the Trajan-Hadrian period; other little churches as St. Vincenzo of Jus Church, St. Domenico Church, St. Bonaventura Church and St. Rita Church.

Nature tours

  • Fonte Pasqua

Typical products

  • Extra Virgin Oil

  • Porchetta of Selci