COME EXPLORE RIOFREDDO AND THE  “VALLE DELL’ANIENE”!

Here you can book tickets for a guided tour in MuDeCu and learn more than you expect thanks to our guides, whose goal is of providing wonderful and enjoyable experiences in a territory full of culture, nature, amazing landscapes and gastronomic delights.

Besides, MuDeCu offers an info – point where you can gather information about restaurants and hotels not only in Riofreddo, but also in neighboring villages

Everything we are telling you now is only a small part of what lies ahead of you. In fact, as soon as you get here, you will realize that Riofreddo stands among a pure natural environment: mountains and streams are surrounded by unspoiled woods, which you can explore thanks to the various available paths. Also, festivities and village fêtes take place every year, so be sure not to miss out on these events!

As we mentioned previously, Riofreddo offers a wide range of equipped routes which lead to neighboring villages and areas; MuDeCu is the right place to rest and relax, especially in the green undergrowth of Castiglione, one of Riofreddo’s neighborhoods, where you can go trekking or biking.

It is not a coincidence that in the “Valle dell’Aniene” Riofreddo is considered as an historic destination for those who come from Rome: since the 19th century the Roman middle class and also famous personalities eager to rest chose our village as the perfect place to spend and enjoy their holidays in any time of the year, as it is not far away from the city. They were usually struck and fascinated by the beauty of our territory, so much that some decided to buy a house or a plot of land in order to settle in the village. As we can see, history teaches us how this territory can be appreciated. 

It is also worth mentioning those who bring Riofreddo to life: the people. They stand out for their commitment, kindness and hospitality, features which make your stay even more pleasing. What tourists may easily find here is a refreshing experience, as opposed to the chaotic and stressful city life.

Geographically, Riofreddo is at the border between Lazio and Abruzzo; if you come from Rome, it is the last village of Lazio along the “Tiburtina Valeria”, but if you come from Abruzzo it is the first one you see. With the course of time, many people with different jobs, cultures and tradition came, stayed, left…That is why the village is used to being a welcoming place

WHAT TO EXPECT

CULTURAL HERITAGE

“SANTISSIMA ANNUNZIATA” ORATORY

The “Santissima Annunziata” Oratory is one of the most important artistic works of the 1400s in the Lazio region. As the marble plaque attests on the façade, the building was erected in 1422 at the time of Martino V, commissioned by the lord of Riofreddo Antonio Colonna: the oratory is characterized by a masonry structure covered with plaster; the round-arch portal is outlined by a sequence of stones and shows a regular frame with durazzesco traits. Above the entrance, the Colonna family’s coat of arms and Antonio’s initials are engraved on both sides of the shield, but they became barely visible over the years, while slight traces of the façade wall can be recognized by the typical crossed patterns and the outline of a halo which still preserves a kind of low relief decoration called “pastiglia”, consisting of gilding or painting a specific surface.

The interior of the building is a simple rectangular barrel-vaulted room which fits perfectly in the whole architectural structure; it achieves a sense of majesty thanks to the paintings which cover each wall of the oratory; on the lunette above the portal the Crucifixion is represented, while on the altar wall there is the Annunciation, a crucial episode of the overall cycle of paintings, as it is the event from which the oratory adopts its name. Last but not least, on the vault there is a representation of the Triumphant Christ surrounded by a multitude of angels and pairs of Evangelists and Doctors of the Church.

The bridge of S. George is named after the medieval monastery nearby and is found along the “Valeria Nova”, the ancient road during the Roman Empire; it dates back to 97 A.D., when the emperor Nerva was in power. The bridge is built over the “Bagnatore” stream and has the shape of a round arch: it is made up of “opus quadratum” (Latin), that is, squared limestones which were usually used at the time to build such structures; five corbels stick out of the wall in order to support the temporary wooden framework, which was the starting point for building. The archivolts include one or two elements with a slight “bossage” ( building technique consisting of arranging and shaping the structure irregularly in order to highlight the jutting bricks) and some of them show curves which push the building upwards. 

A restoration work has been carried out by the local Superintendence between 2008 and 2009: it dealt with the maintenance of the massive nineteenth-century viaduct, which is now provided with buttresses that reinforce the whole structure.

THE BRIDGE OF S. GEORGE

COLONNA-DEL DRAGO- PELAGALLO CASTLE

Built between the XIth  and  XIIth  century, originally the castle had a quadrilateral shape with four cylindrical towers at the corners, but then only two remained and the keep in the front; in the XIIth century the Colonna are the first noble family of Riofreddo. The most relevant figure was Landolfo, who lived in the last decades of the century: he was a “Miles Rivi Frigidi” (Latin), which means “ soldier of Riofreddo”. From the XVIth to XIXth century the village was reigned over by the Del Drago family, against which the people had several controversies; in the XVIth century Riofreddo became Marquisate until 1859, when the Pelagallo family inherits the castle due to the marriage between two members of these noble families. 

Nowadays the castle is still private property and from 1995 it is binded by the Superintendence in charge.