Monteleone Sabino

Monteleone Sabino

Route: Monteleone Sabino

Area: Rieti Province, Lazio region, Central Italy

Date of walk: 31st May 2023

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 1.0 mile

Ascent: 50 feet

Weather: Sunny and warm

Monteleone Sabino is fairly close to Toffia and Frasso Sabino so we were able to visit three villages and towns on this penultimate day of our holiday in the Sabine Hills. As with our earlier walks, the place was completely tourist free and we only passed by a few elderly locals, with whom we exchanged the customary ‘buongiornos’. The town, home to about 1,200 residents, is set on a hilltop and protected by huge walls. There are lovely views from a small terrace at the start of the walk and from a path at the edge of the town

After another enjoyable and interesting short stroll along narrow alleys and cobbled streets we drove over to the nearby Church of Santa Vittoria which is on the road to Rocca Sinibalda. The structure dates to at least the 11th century and its bell-tower and facade date to after the 15th century under the patronage of the Orsini family. It’s a lovely small building and is worth a short detour though note that the interior can’t usually be visited as the doors are kept locked

During our time in the Sabine Hills area we visited seven ancient small villages and towns – Posticciola, Colle di Tora, Castel di Tora, Rocca Sinibalda, Toffia, Frasso Sabino and (today’s walk) Monteleone Sabino. These general comments apply to all of them, and no doubt to the many other old villages in the region. Anyone following our footsteps is advised to park outside the old areas for two reasons: firstly, traffic regulations are in place which restrict entry to locals and, secondly, the streets are very narrow and winding, and inevitably peter out. Once in, it would be hard to get out. These quiet communes do not cater for mass tourism and although there may be the occasional village shop, local bar or restaurant there is no guarantee that it will be open for business. I’ve provided the customary route maps of our walks, but it’s not necessary to follow a set route. There are numerous alleys, staircases and narrow passageways and it’s best to follow whichever of these looks to be the most tempting

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