Concerviano, a natural balcony overlooking the Salto Valley, owes its secular history to the Imperial Abbey of San Salvatore Maggiore and to its surrounding woods, thanks to which it supplied Rieti with worked wood and ash for centuries.
Where is it?
Concerviano, the ancient Collis Cervinus, is a small village inhabited by 386 people, located 19 km. away from Rieti. Together with the surrounding hamlets, it overlooks the Valle del Salto from a plateau of great naturalistic value, situated at an altitude ranging from 600 and 1000 m. above sea level.
What to see?
The most important point of interest is certainly the Abbey of San Salvatore Maggiore, a monastery now deserted, but largely recovered and used for cultural events, which looks like a large parallelepiped with an internal courtyard and a tower placed on the left side of the facade. The church of San Salvatore is adjacent to this complex, on its right side. The interior of the church is suggestive and preserves traces of frescoes and a Cosmatesque flooring. The majestic bell tower – built with beautiful square stones – is characterized by large arched windows placed at the top. Inside there are important paintings and the venerated wooden icon of the Madonna della Quercia, adorned with precious ex voto. The small 16th-century church, belonging to the Abbey of San Salvatore Maggiore, situated a few miles from the village of Concerviano is also dedicated to the Madonna della Quercia and was originally used by travellers as a resting place for pilgrims and shepherds.