Casperia, considered one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Central Italy, is certainly a small jewel. The old town centre which has been immaculately restored in the past two decades is closed to car traffic.

The town, located on a steep hill, retains a typical medieval appearance, with cobbled streets and stairways arranged in concentric circles around the square located on the top of the hill.

The landscape towards the east is characterized by the Sabine mountains which, thanks to the presence of the Tiber, are covered not only with the typical flora of the high hills and mountains but also with Mediterranean scrub; in the direction of sunset the valley of the Tiber river extends with the unmistakable profile of Mount Soratte in the background, the mountain sung by the Latin poet Horace. The proximity of the river it favors agricultural activities, which have shaped a large portion of the surrounding area and which offer the generous products typical of the Mediterranean diet.

With the ministerial decree of 29 February 2024, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry updated the national list of traditional agri-food products (PAT). Among the new recognized products there are also “stringozzi aspresi”, whose candidacy was proposed by the municipal administration. Stringozzi aspresi are a typical long fresh pasta with a flattened shape, prepared with water and durum wheat semolina, possibly with the addition of eggs and salt. The dough is worked by hand or with a mechanical mixer until it becomes homogeneous, smooth and compact and then worked into a skein. It is traditionally seasoned with a pork-based sauce and a sprinkling of pecorino cheese.

It is the “orange flag” (center of excellence for the quality of the accommodation offer) of the Italian Touring Club. Approaching Casperia the traveler immediately recognizes the unique skyline, with the 13th century bell tower and next to it the thick foliage of a centuries-old holm oak.

Casperia is located in a central position with respect to the triangle Tuscany (about 2 hours to reach Florence, the closest are Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, etc.), Umbria (one hour, one hour and a half to Orvieto, Spoleto and Perugia) and Rome (about an hour to reach the centre).

Notes and images on characteristic views of Casperia can be found on https://www.visitlazio.com/casperia/

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