The Farfa Benedictine Abbey is one of the most important religious monuments of the Lazio and one of the leading places in the history of Italian and European monasticism. Founded by San Lorenzo Siro the mid-sixth century, it was destroyed by the Lombards and was then rebuilt between VII and VIII century by a group of monks ladyfingers. Thanks to its strategic position, throughout the Middle Ages the Abbey of Farfa maintained an important economic and political position, by exercising its power of castles, towers and villages.
The Abbey of Farfa was enriched soon of a wonderful library, and became the center of the cultural renaissance of this part of Italy. Today Farfa Abbey is one of the key tourist destinations in Sabina. The center of the visit is the beautiful church of Santa Maria, characterized externally by the original Romanesque appearance, visible in the facade and especially in the beautiful and austere bell tower, and within the Roman Ionic columns that divide the three aisles, from thirteenth miraculous icon of Our Lady of Farfa to the sixteenth “Last Judgment” of the Flemish school of counter-façade and the masterpieces of the apse and the elegant seventeenth-century wooden choir.
Also worth seeing are the two cloisters, the Romanesque “Cloister Longobardo” and the Renaissance “Great Cloister”, fascinating crypt of the semi-circular form (VII-IX buckets.), Which retains traces of frescoes depicting the life of the martyrs, and the large library, which houses, among other things, ancient manuscripts and original edition of the historical Encyclopaedia of Diderot and D’Alembert