Canale Monterano established itself not far from Rome in an area full of deep valleys and numerous waterways. The torrent of the Mignone River is the main one and goes from the Sabatini Mountains to the sea at Tarquinia.
The village has the characteristic remains of one of the most beautiful abandoned cities in Lazio, the ancient Monterano, where the remains of a castle, a church and an extraordinary Roman aqueduct with arches are still visible.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini was the artist who made the Baroque art monuments in the ancient abandoned city.
Monterano also has the Stigliano thermal bath complex. Although the waters have been known since the Etruscan era, it was the Romans who understood their real benefits.
With their saline-iodized-sulphurous composition, and temperatures that range from 36 degrees at the Bellezza source and 58 degrees at Bagnarello, the waters have numerous healing properties.
The Hermitage of Montevirginio, a Renaissance-style convent harmoniously integrated into a natural setting, has a large interior cloister with garden and a large pool at the centre, reminiscent of the typical convent structures of the era.
Today, it is a place of silence that hosts youth groups and spiritual retreats.
Monterano’s traditional cuisine is typical of the Lazio Maremma, with the must-try pappardelle pasta with mushrooms or with game sauce, or very good local beef raised throughout the territory, but also hare and wild boar.
Oil is one condiment that is always on the table along with the Monterano bread, the excellent wine from the hills often paired with the delicious cheeses made from the milk of free-roaming goats.