This small village in Tuscia, whose name refers to a “mountain of roses,” was an important strategic point due to its proximity to the Via Cassia.
This small village in Tuscia, whose name refers to a “mountain of roses,” was an important strategic point due to its proximity to the Via Cassia. This allowed for economic and cultural development but also led to numerous sieges and looting by the Romans, Goths, and Lombards.
Venturing into the village, you can encounter historically significant buildings, such as the Baroque Church of Santa Croce, dating back to the 16th century and characterized by a unique sail-shaped bell tower. Further ahead, you’ll find the Cardinal’s Palace, built by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese.
On the shores of the small lake of Monterosi, formerly known as Janula, the meeting between Adrian IV and Frederick Barbarossa, who was to be crowned emperor, took place in 1155. Located not far from the town center of Monterosi, this delightful lake is surrounded by a lush green landscape rich in meadows and pastures. Despite its small size of 600 meters, it holds a rich geological and natural heritage, leading to its recognition as a Site of Community Importance in 1995.
Plenty of folklore can be found in Monterosi with the celebrations of Madonna della Neve and the Holy Cross. For those with a sweet tooth, in the month of January, the town is filled with excellent cooks who prepare “pizzantiella” (similar to “crepes”). Between late July and early August, the festival of the villages is celebrated, commemorating the three original settlements that shaped the town of Monterosi.