Strada del Tartufo e della Castagna - Valle del Turano

Other itineraries in Sabina

Your visit to the Turano Valley and its Truffle and Chestnut Road can be enriched and completed by exploring other fascinating itineraries along the extensive Rieti province territory, enjoying the many riches of its nature, history, religion and culture.

From prehistory to today, much of Rieti province’s vast historical and artistic heritage can be rediscovered and explored in the territory’s abundant museum network. LOOK THROUGH THE GUIDE (italian language).
The territory has many varied and important archaeological remains. These are among the most remarkable: the Cures excavations, in the area of Arci (Fara in Sabina), the Colle del Giglio Necropolis, in Magliano Sabina, and the Falacrinae Excavations in Cittareale. In Sabina you can also see the paving remnants of the Via Salaria, the most ancient in Italy. The Rieti territory and even Imperial Rome developed around it. The important city of Trebula Mutuesca rose near Monteleone Sabino, between the 1st century B.C. and the 2nd century A.D.. In the currently viewable excavations, we can see what’s left of the amphitheatre, the thermal baths and the aqueduct, as well as inscriptions and architectural remains. Continuing towards Poggio Moiano, the Grotta dei Massacci cave is one of the most important Roman age locations of the Sabina region, with its archaeological site Eretum, on the hill of Casacotta in the municipality of Montelibretti, and the thermal baths Terme dei Flavi, in the territory of Cittaducale.
Up and down the Rieti province, you will encounter wonderful small villages that were given with the prestigious Orange Flag of the Touring Club of Italy classification, such as Leonessa, Labro and Casperia, on top of the already mentioned Most Beautiful Villages of Italy.
As well as the Natural Reserve of Mounts Cervia and Navegna mentioned earlier, the province of Rieti is filled with beautiful protected areas, regulated by regional and national laws, as well as Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and Special Protection Areas (SPA). Specifically, proceeding from North to South: The municipalities of Accumoli and Amatrice are partially included in the Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains National Park; the municipalities of Orvinio, Scandriglia, Poggio Moiano and Moricone, in the Lucretili Mountains Regional Park, the river Velino, before forming the Marmore waterfalls, feeds and runs by an ecosystem filled with life and pretty landscape geometries: the canyons, San Vittorino’s plane, a generous water gatherer, and the humid area of the Lungo and Ripasottile Lakes Regional Park reserve The other rivers, like the Salto and the Turano, also create breathtaking landscapes, such as the Val de’ Varri Caves, right in the valley between the two rivers, near the township of Leofreni (Pescorocchiano), the first recognised settlement for the Middle Bronze in Lazio (XVII-XIV sec. a.c.).
Nature in Sabina is a brilliance of colours and special scents, so it’s no surprise that Saint Francis left important evidence of his love for these places. The Via di Roma – The Via Francigena of St. Francis, is an itinerary that is part of a wider European cultural route, which starts in Vienna and reaches Rome through Venice, Ravenna, Assisi and Rieti. The last 100 Km include the stretch from the Santa Reatina Valley, with its already well-known sanctuaries (Poggio Bustone, La Foresta, the Temple of St. Francis at Terminillo, Fonte Colombo and, down to Rome, with the chance to visit the Abbey of Farfa (A Sabina stage of the Via Benedicti – along the way. The Routes of Faith that cross through the Sabina region were created to encourage one of Man’s most ancestral and innate traits, that of walking, like pilgrims of all times have done.
You should not visit the Province of Rieti without exploring the Sabina Oil Route and breathing in the olive growing culture of these places. The oil from Sabina was among the first in Italy to obtain the protected origin denomination (Sabina DOP). From Castelnuovo di Farfa at the Sabina Oil Museum, you can reach Italy’s first Regional Oil Factory in Farfa, created in 2004. See the olive tree’s landscape, oil producers and century old oil mills along the route.
The Regional Reserve of Mounts Cervia and Navegna is also included in the Park Route, a project of the Lazio Region System of Protected Areas to experiment with new forms of fruition and promotion of sustainable tourism along routes of environmental, historical and cultural prestige, through appropriate road signposting and multilingual information panels.