Central Italy and Rome, Handbook for Travellers

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of the Tiber. 160 M. Stimigliano (Locanda & Osteria della Posta, at the station) and (166 M.) Poggio Mirteto are both situated in the mountainous district of the Sabina, where olive-trees abound. From Stimigliano to the top of Soracte, see p. 108. 172½ M. Fara Sabina (92 ft.).

A carriage-road ascends to the N.E. through the valley of the Fosso Corese to (10 M.; diligence 2 fr., return-journey fr.) Fara in Sabina (1588 ft; Alb. della Posta). After ca. 3 M. we see to the right, beyond the stream, a hill (Arci; 495 ft.), with the ruins of the ancient Sabine town of Cures, where Numa Pompilius was born. From Fara in Sabina a carriage-road and a footpath descend to the N.W. through wood to (1 M.) Farfa, a former Benedictine monastery founded in 681, in the pretty valley of the Farfa, the ancient Farfarus or Fabaris. The carriageroad crosses the Farfa M. farther on, leads to the W. over the hill, and reaches a (3½ M.) fork (355 ft.). The branch to the N. leads to M.) the station of Poggio Mirteto (see above); that to the S. crosses (the (1 M.) Ponte Sfondato, a natural bridge passes an Osteria ½ M. farther on, and ends at the (4 ½ M.) station ol Fara Sabina.

The line follows the left bank of the Tiber to (180 3.) Monte Rotondo. The small town (541 ft.; Trattoria Vitt. Emanuele, in the Piazza Vitt. Emanuele), with 4552 inhab., to the left, 2 M. higher (seat in a carriage ½ fr.), has an old castle of the Orsini, belonging later to the Piombino family, and now the' town-hall (view from the tower). In the church of Santa Maria Maddalena is the equestrian sepulchral monument of Giordano Orsini ( 1484).

About 2 M. to the S.E. of Monte Rotondo lies Mentana (Osteria Vincenzo Picucci), the ancient-Nomentum, where Garibaldi was defeated on 3rd Nov., 1867, by the Papal and French troops, after he had stormed Monte Rotondo on Oct. 26th. The battle is commemorated by a monument (Ara) over the burial place of those who fell and by a small Garibaldi Museum ( 1905). The castle ( Castello Baronale) dates from the 13-16th cent. From Mentana to Rome, see p. 437.

From Monte Rotondo to Rome the line follows the direction of the ancient Via Salaria. Beyond Castel Giubileo (p. 435) we catch our first glimpse of the dome of St. Peter's at Rome, which vanishes again as we approach the Anio (p. 435). To the left are the Sabine and Alban mountains. 185½ M. Sette Bagni (p. 435). 193 X. Portonaccio. The train describes a wide circuit round the city, and just beyond the Porta Maggiore passes the so-called temple of Minerva Medica (p. 212; left).

196 M. Rome, see p. 149.


12. From Attigliano to Viterbo and Rome.

This line is of little importance except for visitors to Viterbo. There are no express trains and no through-trains (comp. p. 111). From Attigliano to Viterbo, 25 M. , railway in 1¼-hr. (fares 4 fr. 65, 3 fr. 25, 2 fr. 10 c.). From Viterboto Rome, 54 M., railway in hrs. (fares 10 fr. 10, 7 fr. 10, 4 fr. 55 c.).

Attigliano, see p. 106. The train crosses the Tiber and passes (3½ M.) Sipicciano and (10½ M.) Grotte Santo Stefano.

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