Saracinesco, located about 50 km northeast of Rome, is perched on a rocky outcrop towering 908 m above the Aniene river valley, in the hearth of Ruffi Mounts. It is a very picturesque place, founded by a band of Saracen raiders from North Africa around 890 A.D....

Il paese di Saracinesco

To see

  • Benedictine fortress (XI century)
  • Ruins of the roman aqueduct "Anio Novus"
  • Church of S.Michele Arcangelo (XIII century)
  • The museum of time
  • Saracinesco is a good starting point for some excellent walks in Ruffi Mounts



The Giovenzano valley is an green valley along the Tiburtina Valeria, inside the Aniene river valley. The 7 municipalities of the Giovenzano valley are: Cerreto Laziale, Ciciliano, Gerano, Pisoniano, Rocca Canterano, Sambuci and Saracinesco. Those are very nice little towns surrounded by woods, green fields and mountains.


The name takes origin from its foundation by the Saracens that, according to the local tradition, in the last decades of the X century wildly sacked churches and monasteries of the Aniene valley.


  • The Sacro Speco

    An impressive complex of buildings which almost looks as if it is one with the surrounding rock...

To know more

  • Rocca Pia

    Built on the place where Callisto II Borgia's Castle was situated...

  • Church of St.Peter

    It was built on the rests of a roman villa...

Con il patrocinio del Comune di Tivoli, Assessorato al Turismo

Patrocinio Comune di Tivoli

Assessorato al Turismo