Abbazia di Farfa

Abbazia di Farfa, Fara in Sabina

Abbazia di Farfa
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dapper777
Monaco31,938 contributions
Place full of charm and quiet
Sep 2020 • Friends
Not far from Rome, in the green heart of the Sabine land, in the Lazio region, in an area rich in olive trees, stands the Benedictine Abbey of Farfa.
The ancient abbey is the testimony of a millenary history of construction and destruction, of great splendor and decay.
The adjoining medieval village is made up of shop-houses that now house taverns and souvenir shops.
The name of the Abbey derives from the homonymous torrent Farfarus, a tributary of the Tiber river that flows not far away.
The origins of the Benedictine Abbey of Farfa are somewhat uncertain.
Some attribute the foundation of a first hermitage to the monk St Lawrence Siro, subsequently destroyed by the Lombards. The religious arrived from Syria in the company of his sister Susan and twelve of his followers to convert the pagan inhabitants to Christianity.
The second construction was by Thomas of
Maurienne, a Benedictine monk from Savoy, who later became a saint.
It is said that the monk, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, had a vision of the Madonna who commissioned him to find the destroyed abbey in the Sabine land and then rebuild it.
The Abbey is a place full of charm and quiet, and above all rich in art and history.
Beautiful paintings in the church.
Recommended.
Written 13 October 2020
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Samantha A
Rome, Italy161 contributions
DON'T FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS
Oct 2018 • Couples
There's more to the Farfa Abbey than the church itself. They've built up a whole little town outside with market stands, shops and cafes.

Follow signs and ask locals how to arrive - DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS! It will take you on a country road that will RUIN YOUR CAR!
Written 19 October 2018
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LoveTravel312396
Torricella in Sabina, Italy2 contributions
Villa Sofia Tours!
Aug 2018 • Friends
This is my number #1 spot for a day tour! The village of Farfa is tiny..only one street really but a huge basilica where weddings are booked back to back. Rumor has it, that it used to be the Popes Summer Home. There is a factory for olive oil & a store that makes linen from a loom and transforms the linen into curtains etc for the home. The Library very famous & largest in Italy. Little shops great to see & now they have couple coffee bars too! Courtyards, Bar b q areas but mostly visited by school children’s outings. Very few tourists. So many shops & the antiques are wonderful at unusually low prices. I bought a bedroom suite that should have been about 50K & I paid 5K! I thought he was joking & also thought it was 1 piece. Delivery truck arrived with 7 pieces! From Castle Orsini all in Walnut & 300 years old. My dream furniture! So, if you’ve seen the historic sections & eaten well in Rome....take a day trip or come for a few days! It’s wonderful here in the tranquility of the Roman Countryside! You’ll never forget this vacation! Really! I came, I saw & never left!!!! Thank You All!
Written 8 October 2018
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Julia G
77 contributions
A must see!
Sep 2017 • Friends
This has to be one of the loveliest spots in the countryside around Rome. Well preserved in every aspect, Italy as it was.
Written 18 September 2017
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cf0lk
Amsterdam, The Netherlands4 contributions
Fantastic church, skip the museum
Apr 2017 • Couples
The Abbey with its chruch is a jewel, the museum was a disappointment - entry only with guided tours in Italian, which focus on the history in front of painted scenes designed for school classes, but skip the best parts of the museum.
Written 23 July 2017
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CarolineSiddons
Sevenoaks, UK49 contributions
Poor interpretation (for non- Italian speakers) of a beautiful historic site
Oct 2016 • Couples
The abbey church is beautiful and clearly historically important. I loved the way that, when restoration removed the render from the façade, they've exposed lumps of ancient carving (sarcophagi) used in the building. Unfortunately although the church is free, access to the abbey is only by guided tour. I don't expect everyone to speak English but it would have helped to highlight key points in more slowly spoken Italian rather than rattling out the script. Or to provide a brief guide with the key points for us to read. Also there were interpretive panels in the abbey but we were swept past them. I hung back, abandoning the group to read them but felt that I was going to be told off. I wasn't! The library is amazing. There is also a more modern display which seemed to be a arty folkloric interpretation of the abbey's history. But that's just my guess - I couldn't understand a word of this bit of the tour - again a summary card explaining key details to non-Italian speakers would have been useful
Written 26 October 2016
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David M
62 contributions
A good day out
Sep 2016 • Friends
A nice hot sunny September day spent here. Plenty of car park space. We wandered round the abbey and a book fair that was on. There's a decent café for elevensies and a restaurant where we had a good lunch - my sister loved her huge trout. All-in-all a nice relaxed day in the sun.
Written 13 October 2016
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JuliaBaron
UK48 contributions
Church is lovely
Jun 2016 • Family
Visited with children age 7 and 9. Pretty setting and church but to be honest with younger children i'd skip the tour. All in Italian with no effort to welcome others despite my attempts to introduce us.you cannot go around alone. Church is free and beautiful. There is an English guide book in the narrow gift shop but it is not that interesting unless really into Abbeys. On the tour, architecture (beyond that you can see anyway) is average but library quite interesting for ancient texts.
Written 5 June 2016
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trvlprincss
Richmond, TX8 contributions
Seen everything in Rome? Need a break from the bustle of Rome?
Mar 2016 • Friends
In the Sabine Hills approximately one hour from Rome is this beautiful Abbey of St. Mary in Farfa. The Catholic church is beautiful with mosaic tiled floors and pulpit. I was told later no photos in the church. It also closes at 1 p.m. This is a wonderful place to visit if you like a relaxing beautiful drive out of Rome. If you have seen a lot in Rome and want a break from the hustle and bustle. This would be trip for those that have been to Rome multiple times and those that like the outdoors nice relaxing walkabout.
Written 21 March 2016
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aprilevent
Verona, Italy38 contributions
An hour from Rome
Jan 2016 • Friends
Farfa is a delightful, if a bit touristic, place to visit when you need a break from the crowds of Rome. It's set in green hills and surrounded by woods. The small 'borgo' is dominated by the abbey, which you can take a guided tour around. It has an interesting history. No cars are allowed in the borgo, so it's very peaceful. A recommended day out.
Written 16 January 2016
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