Marano Equo. Castle

The castle of Marano Equo was built on the highest part of the town, the heart of the historic centre, at a point overlooking the Aniene Valley.

Its construction dates back to the population's need to find a safe place to take refuge after the fall of the Roman Empire and the arrival of the barbarians. A bull from Pope Paschal II already mentions it in the 9th century and initially the fortress consisted of a central body, three towers and a courtyard and also had the purpose of defending the nearby Subiaco abbey.

It should be remembered that the abbey rivaled the diocese of Tivoli for control of the area and at some times the castle was governed by the bishop of Tivoli.

In the Middle Ages the power of the Subiaco monastery declined and the government of the castle was entrusted to commendatory abbots, including Rodrigo Borgia, the future Pope Alexander VI.

From 1753, the castle of Marano Equo passed directly under the control of the Papal State through the Congregation of Good Government.

The creation of the castle also included a small church on whose foundations the current church of San Biagio, the main one in the village, was later built.

After a period of decline perhaps also due to the terrible earthquake of 1703, the castle was restored in the 19th century and today of the original castle we recognize a tower and some walls and the building houses the headquarters of the municipality of Marano Equo.

Written by:
Claudia Bettiol

Engineeer, futurist, joint founder of Energitismo and founder of Discoverplaces. Consultant for the development and promotion of the Touristic Development of Territories specialising in...

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