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Cantalupo in Sabina, Province of Rieti, Lazio

Cantalupo in Sabina, near Rieti in the Sabine Hills of Lazio, is a picturesque town, famous as the reputed origin of the muskmelon called a cantaloupe melon.

Info

  • Population: about 1600 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 02040
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0765

History

Cantalupo in Imperial Roman times housed a scattering of villas, one belonging to the Tullii, the family of the orator Marcus Tullius Cicero. In an 11th century document it was mentioned as a walled village possession of the abbots of Farfa. In 1278 the representatives swore loyalty to the Papacy.

The castle over the town was expanded into a residence for the counts of Sant'Eustachio in the 13th and 14th centuries, and then passed to the Savelli family in the 15th century before it was further enlarged by a series of successive feudal lords. It is now a museum.

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