Both the monastery at Subiaco and the cathedral in Anagni house stunning frescoes and Cosmatesque elements dating back to the 12th & 13th centuries, their colours still vibrant even after many centuries.
The crypt at Anagni is the largest section of undisturbed Cosmatesque flooring, with chief signed works by Jacopo the younger and his brother Luca at both Anagni and Subiaco. The Cosmati were 4 generations of 7 family members who were highly skilled workers in decorative geometric mosaic, mostly for church floors.
If you are interested in Medieval Art & Wine, this itinerary is perfect! Your guide will reveal the fascinating symbolism and hidden meanings of the frescoes during your visits. The monastery route leads up a mountain and is perched on the side of a cliff at 500 mtrs asl, whereas the cathedral is located in the old part of Anagni town. Refreshments stops are possible before or after your first site visit in the charming town of Subiaco.
We usually break for lunch in an ancient hilltop town at a gourmet restaurant - immensely popular with locals from the surrounding areas despite its off the beaten path location. Inside is charming, combining rural elegance with top notch traditional cuisine. We also have the opportunity to visit one of the local vineyards for a guided tasting of the territory's Cesanese d'Affile or Cesanese of Olevano Romano.
In the afternoon you will have a guided tour of the cathedral and crypt at Anagni. Some have described the crypt as being as beautiful as the Sistine Chapel and it doesn't disappoint - it is quite stunning and very well preserved. There is a fine example of Cosmati floor mosaic in the main church. Origins date back to the 12th & 13th centuries. The oratory dates back to the 12th century but prior to that it was originally a pagan Mithraeum used in Roman times (1st century AD).
The wines on this tour have a strong history linked to the people who used to live on the land centuries ago and enjoyed by popes and princes! The splendid landscape varies with a mixture of rugged low mountains and stretches of olive groves and grapevines climbing the nearby low mountain range. Piglio, an ancient hill town rises in the distance. First human settlements date back over 700,000 years according to the dating of Palaeolithic fragments.
Anagni has been cited in the writings of Virgil and Livy and ancient pre-Roman tribes (Hernici) lived here - Anagni was important to them, having temples and sanctuaries here (roughly 7th century BC). This area also gave four popes to Rome so you can imagine they probably drank this wine - although it will have tasted a little different back then.
Main grape varieties on this tour
This will depend on your start location (which ideally will be Rome), and inclusions in your itinerary, but we normally recommend a full 8/10-hour day.