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Santa Maria del Piano Abbey

The ancient Abbey of Santa Maria del Piano, also known as Santa Maria di Pozzaglia, dates back to the 9th century, with possible links to Charlemagne’s victory over the Saracens in the adjacent plain. Originally a dynamic and active structure under the rule of the powerful Farfa Abbey, it experienced a gradual decline from the 16th century onwards and fell into a state of abandonment in the 19th century, following Napoleonic conflicts and natural disasters such as earthquakes. Over the years, it was temporarily used as a cemetery and suffered repeated looting and structural collapse.

Today, these ruins are a fascinating testimony to local and regional history, although devoid of many original architectural elements. Located in the Muzia Valley, 2 km from Orvinio, these ruins offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the past and imagine the grandiose history this place once held. Despite their current state, the ruins retain remarkable architectural details, such as the eagle corbels on the facade and the bell tower that still stands against the adversities of time.

  • Address
    Santa Maria del Piano, Pozzaglia Sabina, Italy
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Always open
  • What to see
    Abbey ruins

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