IndirizzoFondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus, 00061 Anguillara Sabazia RM, Italia
Anguillara Sabazia is a small town on a promontory on the south-eastern shore of the Lake of Bracciano . Located on the slopes of the Sabatini mountains, Anguillara is one of three main towns on the Lake of Bracciano in addition to Trevignano Romano and Bracciano, the most famous city that names the lake. Millions of years ago, the lake of Bracciano was part of a huge volcano that extended itself for 1,600 km2, and that erupted a massive amount of pyroclastic material looking like a real living hell.
The history of Anguillara Sabazia dates back to the republican period of ancient Rome, and it is believed that an ancient patrician called Rutilia Polla owned a villa near the Collegiata and bred fish in the lake to supply the Roman markets. The Collegiata is one of the most distinctive monuments of Anguillara, and it is located on the highest peak of the town. The view from the Collegiata is breathtaking, and your gaze can easily get lost between the blue of the lake, the sky and the Sabatini mountains that surround the lake.
The Roman Villa of the Santo Stefano’s walls is something you cannot miss out either. It was built around the second century AD on the ruins of a rural villa, and became a church in memory of Santo Stefano in the ninth century. The medieval tower is also something that needs to be visited. In 1922, it became a museum of the peasant and popular culture thanks to its creator Augusto Montori who wanted to preserve the historical identity of Anguillara Sabazia.
The town is surrounded by walls and the streets are winding. Around the boundaries of the city, we can find a lot of green where many species of birds nest. The lake conveys an incredible state of tranquility to anyone. A family of mallards passes next to our boat without even caring. A group of coots is busy searching for food among the peaceful shores, and in the distance we see a majestic buzzard flying into a poetic and infinite sky.
There is everything we need in this sunny day: the lake, the mountains, the blue sky. We are fascinated by the show that nature is giving us, and it seems impossible that this area was the setting of natural devastation and chaos due to its volcanic activity. Now the lake gives us peace and calm, but it is there almost to warn us that not human beings, but nature is the only master of the Earth.