Poggio Moiano

From the pilgrims' aedicule to walks in unspoilt nature Poggio Moiano, the so-called "Land of the churches", unveils its beauties, history and traditions.




26,95 km²


520 m

Where is it?

Poggio Moiano, counting a population of 2,651 inhabitants, rises 520 m. above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Miano, about 30 km. away from Rieti.

Its origins?

The composed name of Poggio Mirteto comes from the Latin “podium” - which stands for “high place” – and from the word “Moiano”, that could derive either from the Lazio term moiano (friable soil) or from the personal name Mellius, or Mollius. According to some scholars, Poggio Moiano was founded on the ruins of the ancient Suna between 1037 and 1083, when Count Teudino donated some territories to the Abbey of Farfa. The name "castrum" dates back to 1262, the year in which Pope Urban I issued a bull. In the early 1400s, Giovanni Battista Savelli seized the village and kept it among the territories in his possession, despite the order to return it to Farfa. In 1462 Pope Pius II confiscated from Giacomo Savelli all the possessions except the castles of Aspra and Palombara, and Poggio Moiano. Only later, in 1468, the Savelli family redeemed it, but it was again confiscated by Alexander VI and given to Giulio Orsini in 1555. To recover it, the Savelli family had to wait for the death of the Pope. Overwhelmed by debts, however, the Savelli family was then forced to renounce some castles, including Poggio Moiano, which was sold in 1633 to Prince Marcantonio Borghese through a sale approved by Urban VIII. Since then, the castle was ruled by the Ciccalotti, a vassal family of the Borghese family. In 1717 the Sassi family rented it from the Borghese and it remained in their hands until the Torlonia family purchased the territory. In 1861 the Municipality of Poggio Moiano passed from the Papal State to the Kingdom of Italy.

What to see?

The entrance to the village is characterized by the aedicule of Santa Liberata which, in ancient times, was the destination of thousands of pilgrims worshipping the image of the Saint lived in the Middle Ages and considered the protector of children suffering from serious diseases. Right behind it stands a beautiful stone arch, which was surely used as a town gate. The central square of the village is overlooked by the parish church of San Giovanni Battista that was rebuilt after the war, in 1953. About a kilometer away from the centre of the visitors can admire the unmissable rural Church of San Martino, dating back to the 11th-12th centuries, originally belonged to the Benedictine friars and today still belonging to the abbey of Farfa. The facade is built of local stone but the interior stands out for two frescoes (1556) depicting San Martino and Sant'Antonio Abate. To visit the church, restored in 1972 and still preserved in good condition, it is necessary to obtain the permission of the parish priest of the village. Two other rural churches are present Outside the urban area: the church of San Sebastiano, dedicated to the patron saint of the village and built in 1527, and the church of Sant'Anna, built in 1760 and used only once a year, specifically on 26 July. Very interesting are the ancient facades of the historic center, now restored under the invitation of the municipal administration, and then decorated with murals representing scenes of village life. For hiking lovers the walk from Poggio Moiano to Cima Casarene represents un unmissable opportunity to reach the northernmost peak of the Lucretili Park area. Starting from Fonte Castello, a couple of kms. from the village, it is necessary to climb about 400 meters along the west side of Monte Pendente, before enjoying and extraordinary view over the Monti Sabini.

Where to stay?


Agriturismo Le Cerqueta di Cristiano Ioannilli
La Locanda del Frullo
Agriturismo Nido del Falco
Casa Vacanza

Where to eat?

Restaurants and pizzerias

Fontana Maria Ristorante
Il Palazzaccio
Incontro Pizzeria
Agriturismo ChiusAgri
Agriturismo Bio La Noce di Creta
Agriturismo Le Cerqueta di Cristiano Ioannilli
Ristorante Persi
Km53 - Luogo d'incontro con cucina

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