In the heart of the verdant Sabine Hills, amidst the narrow alley-ways and the squares of the small town of Fara in Sabina, it is possible to celebrate a unique and original wedding. This town in the Lazio region, boasts a wide range of historical, architectural and artistic features. It takes its name from the eponymous river, the Farfarus, which is mentioned by Ovid and which flows close to the town. Fara is blessed with some of the most beautiful and most typical landscapes that can be found in the Sabina region, reflecting its Roman heritage and its justly celebrated reputation as a centre of unparalleled historic charm. This is a medieval gem that has preserved centuries of history through the stories conveyed by its ruins, its villas, the towers, the ancient olive trees, the fortresses, the abbeys, the nearby villages and by the river, all of which contribute to making Fara Sabina a magical, mysterious and enchanting place.
The town can offer couples the possibility of celebrating their civil service in the town hall, the religious ceremony in the basilica and holding their wedding reception outside in the Piazza del Duomo or in a historic Palazzo. Due in part to its surrounding stone walls, Fara Sabina has been able to conserve the original medieval layout with its access gates, its steep, narrow streets, the stone houses and is further enriched by the presence of churches and period palazzos from the renaissance and baroque periods. There were plenty of historic Palazzos built in the 15th century in the centre of Fara Sabina , amongst which is the Palazzo Comunale which was erected on one of the highest points in the region by the locals for use in their devotions to Our Lady of Succour.
The original building also included a small church which was dedicated to St. Clare. However, the church was eventually deconsecrated and is now used for the celebration of civil marriage services. The bright interior has an intimate and welcoming feel, sober in its refinement and featuring an antique balustrade above which is perfect for highlighting a variety of different decorations. There is also a modern piano in a dark wood which lends the possibility of a musical accompaniment during the ceremony. However, it is unquestionably the unique setting, amongst typical narrow alley-ways and imposing palazzos, in the heart of the historic centre, which will truly enrich any event with its original and unusual atmosphere. Nestled in almost rustic and informal surroundings, amidst proper artisan shops, under the watchful eye of the towers, a reception will acquire its own aura of magic and mystery which are the typical characteristics of this medieval landscape. The newly-weds are given the unique opportunity of laying out their wedding banquet in an exclusive outdoor space in front of the basilica so that they can enjoy their wedding as part of the town’s community in which everybody participates in the enjoyment of the event.
This town in which time has stopped, comes to life again and rejoices with the wedding party. Situated in the main street of Fara is the Palazzo Martini which is now listed amongst the most important historical residences in the town. The Palazzo was constructed in the 15th century on what remained of a Patrician villa and started life as an ancient convent which was the gatehouse for the closed order of the Poor Clares of Fara. This former aristocratic residence with its entrancing ambience, presents itself as the perfect venue in which to celebrate a refined and elegant wedding. The Palazzo has been recently restored and proudly displays numerous remains of the original frescoes, vaulted ceilings in the reception rooms and in the former refectory. This is a prestigious location that is full of history and thus, the ideal setting for a high-profile ceremony amongst the 18th century majolica, paintings from the early 19th century and period furnishings. A point of real interest is the Cathedral which is situated in the square of the same name and which is also known as the Collegiate Church of St. Antonino. The current building is the result of numerous reconstructions over the centuries.
The exterior of the church is distinguished by its classic style portal and is dominated by a majestic bell tower. Inside the basilica are three naves and several baptismal fonts have also been conserved, along with numerous paintings and works of art which are of significant importance. In front of the ancient choir stalls you will see the main altar and a selection of reliquaries with the tabernacle by Vignola on the right. Drawn by these and the many other beauties on offer, during the summer months the town of Fara is swelled with holiday-makers who, whether they are staying in private houses or in hotels, are all looking for somewhere cool and peaceful that’s far away from the stresses and strains of everyday life in the city. This really is the perfect spot, not just for organising a special event, but also for experiencing life as it was lived in the countryside in times gone by.