Strada del Tartufo e della Castagna - Valle del Turano

Ascrea Stipes

One of the 6 small towns crossed by the Turano Valley Truffle and Chestnut Road, right at the centre of its itinerary. At 750 m asl, it is 20 km from Carsoli and 39 from Rieti. In the Middle Ages it was a feud that belonged to the Lords of Collalto at first and later to the Mareri family and today has 300 inhabitants. Built on the steep slopes of the mountain overlooking the Lake of Turano, it is an ideal destination both for fresh water fishing lovers and for those wishing to spend a day at the lakeside. A road starts from the town and runs through the Obito Gorges (a battleground for Saracens and Moors) and a mule track leads to the ruins of Mirandella, a fortified medieval centre. One of the possible itineraries to climb up to Mount Navegna starts past the little town square with parking area and a fountain. You can also walk along the lake’s swimmable area, in the direction of Castel di Tora. 01_tappe_scheda_ascrea.jpgCittà del tartufo


ASCREA: the Church of St. Nicholas from Bari, dated 1252. Inside, among other things, a canvas of the Madonna of the Rosary, a canvas depicting Saint Nicholas and a splendid fresco dating back to the sixteenth century depicting Saint Nicholas, the Madonna with Child, Saint Francis and Jesus. STIPES (part of Ascrea): the fifteenth century Palace Cesarini, the Church of Saint John Baptist and the Castle of Stipes founded between the twelfth and thirteenth century by the De Romania, one of the most important families of Sabina rural nobility. The feud belonged to the Cesarinis in the fifteenth century and after the extinction of the male side of the family in 1795, it went to the Sforza Cesarini, who then sold it to the Borghese Princes in 1816. The remains of the castle and walls can be seen above the town of Stipes.


The municipality of Ascrea adheres to the City of Truffles association. The hamlet of Stipes, at the other northern end of the lake, is the most important truffle production centre in the whole area.

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