La Sabina is an area of central Italy that extends between Umbria, Lazio, and Abruzzo.
The Latium part of Sabina, between the provinces of Rome and Rieti, is where the Sabina PDO extra virgin olive oil is produced, from the Carboncella, Leccino, Raja, Frantoio, Olivastrone, Moraiolo, Olivago, Salviana, and Rosciola varieties. This extra virgin olive oil has a golden yellow colour with green hints, its flavor is aromatic and its maximum acidity is 0.60%.
In addition to being a land of olive trees, the Latium Sabina is rich in history and places to visit. Let’s find out three together!
City of the province of Rieti, the name Fara Sabina could derive from the longobardic Fara, that means family clan, or from the devotion of the Lombards to Santa Fara.
A must-visit in the territory of Fara Sabina is certainly the abbey of Farfa, a Benedictine monastery founded between 560 and 570 AD, and the pre-Roman remains of the city of Cures Sabini, mentioned by Cicerone, Virgilio, Plutarco and others as the most important city of the Sabines.
Millennial olive tree of Canneto Sabino
According to the legend this olive tree was planted by Numa Pompilio, king of Rome between the 715 B.C. and 673 BC, actually, this majestic tree, about 15 meters high and with a width of about 30, was planted around the year 1000 by the Benedictine monks. At the base of the trunk, it has a cavity that penetrates to the heart of its roots creating a real cave.
This city, on the slopes of the Sabine Mountains, is located on a rocky outcrop on the Tiber Valley. In Roman times the villa of the emperor Commodus’s father-in-law was here, of which no traces remain.
A must visit in Montelibretti, in addition to various churches and civil architecture, there is the necropolis of Colle del Forno, belonging to the ancient city of Eretum, built between the seventh and the middle of the VI a.C. In this necropolis, several funeral items of great historical importance have been found.