Gerano


Coat of arms of Gerano

Gerano stands among the chestnut forests and olive groves to the east of Rome, in an area similar to that of Mount Gherania in Greece, hence the name of gheranos: Gerano.

The story begins with the village of Trebula Suffenas in the third century BC and during the Roman period ancient aqueducts passed through here, and there are many Roman remains.

With the fall of Rome several fortified towns were formed including the biggest being Trellano and Gerano which was a papal colony that could issue money and to have its own army.

The Gerano castrum was built around the church of Sant'Anatolia before 1000AD and its control was immediately disputed by the abbeys of Tivoli, Subiaco and San Cosimato. All this is documented by many letters by popes.

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In 1077 Gerano was divided into three parts (control by the bishop, monastery and feudal lord), but the abate Giovanni V Ottaviani conquered and built a palace, a tower and a private chapel. Yet this situation led to new struggles and local wars.

In 1169 peace was signed but only in 1183 did the real life as an independent town begin. Gerano was equipped with its own system of local government in 1455 drew up its statute to protect the social life and the forests, agriculture and crafts.

In 1752 Gerano was annexed to the Papal State and shortly thereafter came the public water with the fountain in the square. As in many other towns, Gerano was then totally looted by French soldiers of Napoleon who stole everything that was possible except the silver reliquary of Santa Anatolia.

Gerano declined and a 'War for the milled grain' (or for the bread) began until the Pope granted a new mill. But the situation had now changed and with the unification of Italy, there were some bandits from the south and the Garibaldi troops that looted, burned the communal archives and transformed the church of San Lorenzo in the barn.


Typical products 

In the town of Gerano, Maritozzi is a local bread. It is made with cornmeal, raisins, salt, yeast, water that are mixed (all except the raisins) and let...
Typical Dishes 

Geranese Strozzapreti is the typical handmade pasta of Gerano. The dough is made with wheat and maize flour, water, olive oil and salt. The ‘sheet’ of dough...

'Nsalata Accapezzata' of Gerano is a salad made with local vegetables. It includes rapunzari, mixed chicory, ruspigne, caccialeperi, cicorione, mentuccia,...

Archeotourism 

The remains of the small Poggio fortress are found in an area near Gerano. You can still see the foundations of the houses and places of common burial of a...
Festivals 

On the last Sunday of July, in Gerano is celebrated one of the typical local dishes: Strozzapreti. This is a paste that is made using wheat and cornstarch,...

The third weekend of October in Gerano takes place a festival dedicated to "zazzicchie" (sausages) and "verole" (chestnuts). The sausages are accompanied by...
Religious Celebrations 

The July 26 St Anne is celebrated with a pilgrimage and a Mass in the church of St. Anne in Gerano.

Every first Sunday after San Marco (April 25) in Gerano the oldest in Italy Flower Festival takes place. It is probably related to the painting of Maria...

Churches & Places of Worship 

The church of the Annunciation in Gerano is part of a small complex built around the fifteenth century to house the sick who were to be transferred to...

The Church of of Our Lady of the Assumption - Santa Maria Assunta was the first of Gerano church built in the ninth century with the 'Castrum' where people...
Particular museums 

The Infiorata Museum of Gerano preserves the historical records of the Infiorata and all activities related to its realization. Infiorata is a traditional...

The Museum of the Tin Boxes in Gerano shows more than 1,000 cans from raw materials produced from 1890 up to the 1950s. The boxes were mostly for sweets such...
Architecture and monuments 

The court palace of Gerano dates back to the fourteenth century and was the place of the local court. It was used to collect taxes while in the square in...

Meet Special People 

I came across the story of “Katie from Oregon” at a Slow Food market in Colleferro where her husband, Eugenio, was selling high quality extra virgin olive oil...
Blog 

This Thursday we talked about Gerano, a splendid town in the Aniene Valley, just east of Rome, known for its enchanting and mysterious history, and a museum...

If we're good, Gerano takes us to South Africa, Canada and America. We are looking for Town Ambassador candidates for the Aniene Valley in the Rome...

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