Collalto Sabino is located on a peak, south
of the Turano Lake, on the border with Abruzzo. Collalto Sabino is considered
one of the most beautiful and intact medieval villages of Italy. It became
property of the Abbey of Farfa in the 11th century that built their own
Benedictine monastery which later became property of the noble Marsi family.
The particular location of the village, on the border between the Papal State
and the Norman kingdom of Naples, made it a strategic place. The village was later baronial feud
of different Italian noble families until the Risorgimento period. In the first
half of the 16th century the village belonged to the noble family of Savelli,
known in Rome for giving many popes to the throne of St Peter.