Tarano is a charming village located in the Sabina (near Rieti), on the slopes southwest of the mount Cosce, in the hilly area between the River Tiber and the middle valley of the river L'Aia. Much of the territory of Tarano, was quickly confiscated in the possessions of the Abbey of Farfa, thanks to the donation of Susanna daughter of Landolfo, that in April 1027, gave the Abbey the goods included in the territory of Narni and Sabina, as Mozzano Cottanello, Vacone and Asiniano.
At the end of the ninth century and the beginning of the decline of the power of the Abbey of Farfa, Tarano was administered by the Holy See. To stem the advance of the noble Roman families, which were expanding rapidly in the territory, in 1283 it was signed a pact of mutual aid with the municipality of Narni. The agreement had a term of 40 years, provided for a mutual assistance against enemy attacks, except against the Church of Rome. In 1331, Pope John XXII (1316-1334) expressed a favorable opinion to the construction of a fortress, but the works began only in 1341. In 1347 the population of Tarano joined the rebels led by Cola di Rienzo, and tried to rebel against the dominion of the Church, a phenomenon that was repeated later in 1351 and 1352. One of the oldest buildings, and intimately connected with the history of Tarano, is the Church of St. Mary, commissioned by Pope Paschal II. The construction of this church was part of a larger project that aimed at controlling the spread of the power of the neighboring Abbey of Farfa.
The church has a nave with a bell tower. A century later, in the thirteenth century, there were made the two aisles, and the tower was incorporated into the wall of the right aisle. In order to support the nave, it was also necessary the construction of a substructure of arches, on the steep slope below, which was subsequently used to build the workshops. Do not miss the remarkable painting, probably of Assisi School, depicting the Crucifixion. Tarano is near the medieval castle of San Polo, of which you can still admire the walls. The fame of this castle and its church, St. Maria della Noce, is due to some miraculous apparitions, which took place in June 1505.
Events in Tarano
- March - Festival of frappe and castanets
- May - Festival of broad beans and pecorino cheese
- June - Corpus Christi
- August - Our Lady of Mount Caramel
- August - jumping race
- September - Fair craft (8 / 10 September)
- November - Ecological and Cultural Show
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