Rolling hills with age old olive groves paint the backdrop for the municipality of Nerola. Towering over the medieval village, also called the Village of the Orsinis, is the 10th century castle, an imposing structure for its bulk and its position Its grey white stone was also used for the houses set in a veritable maze of windy lanes. Constructed up against the castle walls you can find the Church of St. George, built on the wishes of the Orsini family in the 15th century.
Nerola is one of the stops of the Sabina Olive Oil Route showcasing local products. Olive oil has been made in Sabina for millennia and it is fascinating to learn how much the Romans knew about growing olives and producing oil.
The most typical first course of the town of Nerola is "fregnacce alla sabinese" (homemade pasta shapes served in a spicy tomato, black olive and mushroom sauce) and this specialty will be celebrated on Saturday, 21 July. Click here for program details.
More sporty visitors can plan trips to Mount Serrapopolo (1180 metres) and the Lucretili Mountains Park.
Villas, castles and historic gardens
Churches and places of worship
Old Church (Chiesa Vecchia), originally dedicated to St. George then later consecrated in the name of Santa Maria Assunta
- Nerola is also located on the via Francigena, the main route used in the past by thousands of pilgrims travelling to Rome.
- Orsini Castle was used to shoot some famous scenes from "La baronessa di Carini".