Stimigliano

il paese dei Scujati

How to get

  • by train: take the metropolitan line FL1 Fiumicino-Orte and get off the train at the Stimigliano stop

  • by car: on the A1 highway take the exit signposted Ponzano Romano-Soratte, follow the directions to Stimigliano and at the crossroad turn left on the SR 657

Useful numbers

Municipality: 0765 576038

Pharmacy: via Cavour 56 tel 0765 576170

Health care: via Lambruschina e in via San Michele

Carabinieri: Via Neghelli 29– tel: 0765 576170

Post office : Via Cavour 62 tel: 0765 577133 and Via Primo Maggio 18 tel: 0765 577134

Historical overview

According to some researchers, the original core of the settlement was a Roman villa from the I-II century, apparently owned by a Gens Septimia, which gave the name to the village itself. The ancient estate became a pagus-a smallest administrative district of a province.

After a period of political and administrative independence, in 1368, the Church gave it in fee to the sons of Giordano Orsini. The fief had a strategic importance, due to its location overlooking the Tiber Valley.

After various events, Stimigliano came back to the direct report of the Apostolic Camera in 1604; during the 18th century, Earls Negroni ultimately modified the architectural structure of the Baronial Palace.

Further historical facts about Stimigliano are the same of other Italian villages: from the French control during the Napoleonic era to the Italian unification, to the Italian resistance movement.

Did you know?

Stimigliano is known in the area for the desserts made by its inhabitants. The ancient bakery has been renovated and made available free to the community. The bakery used to set the time of the day and was a place where the women of the village used to gather, especially during celebrations. Each one waited for their turn to bake bread, cakes, cookies and pizza not just for the family, but for the entire neighborhood. Among the various desserts, the most popular are the peaches-made by two round cookies filled with pastry cream and dipped in the liqueur.

Places of interest

The old town has the shape of a Christmas tree with peculiar alleys, which are perpendicular to the main road Corso Umberto I. The street ends up in the small but picturesque Piazza Roma, where is located the town hall, and from which it is possible to admire the Soratte Mountain and the Tiber River. Noteworthy is the palace on the left side of the town hall, where it is possible to admire important frescoes of the early Baroque period, and Palazzo Orsini just at the entrance of the old town. The palace was built on the ruins of an ancient roman villa around the 13th century by Giordano Orsini’s sons, who obtained the control over Stimigliano. The castle has a defensive tower and three main bodies surrounding a courtyard. Stimigliano, considered the sacred heart of Sabine, is a place where history and deep Christian roots are all around. According to the tradition, the Apostle Peter passed through the village during his journey to Rome, and several are the places of worship which show the inmost faith of the community. Must see: Palazzo Orsini, The mocking of Jesus Christ inside the Church of SS. Cosmas and Damian, the ancient aqueduct of Fonte Cantaro and the Orsini’s code.

Nature tours

  • Underground aqueduct Fonte Cantaro - visit with Gruppo Speleo Archeologico Vespertilio - info: com.stim@tiscali.it - info@speleovespertilio.it

Typical products

  • Extra Virgin Oil
  • Donut with anice
  • Fallone with herbs