Cervara di Roma

Cervara di Roma is an Italian commune in the province of Rome in the Lazio region with 461 inhabitants (as at 31 December 2012).

  • 5.1 Coat of Arms


Cervara is located 68 km northeast of Rome, 78 km south-west of L' Aquila and is 13 km north of Subiaco. It is located in the Regional Park of Simbruini, above the valley of the Aniene. Cervara is 1,053 m above sea level the highest village in the province of Rome. In his self-promotion it calls itself a " three meters above the sky " lying. The place is grouped with steep streets that are not accessible by car to a ruined castle on the summit of a cone. Visitors must approach a parking lot below Cervaras and climb the entrance via a long staircase. The site offers numerous panoramic views into the surrounding mountains.

Cervara is a member of the Comunità Montana Valle Aniene.

The municipality is located in the seismic zone 2 (medium endangered).


The nearest motorway exit is Mandela on the A24 Autostrada dei Parchi from Rome to Teramo 25 km away. The nearest train station is in Roviano on the Rome - Avezzano 17 km away.


883 Cervara was mentioned for the first time. Between 1115 and 1121 the monks of the monastery of St. Scholastica in Subiaco built a castle here as part of a defensive chain against the Saracens. In 1508, the castle was rebuilt as a residence of the abbot Pompeo Colonna. To the castle, the village developed. With the overthrow of the monasteries in Subiaco from the 18th century, the castle fell into disrepair.

1991 Cervara the " ideal Villaggio d'Italia " by the magazine Airone was elected to the Italian ideal village.


In 1986, at the instigation of Vincenzo Bianchi, art historian from Florence, the " degli Artisti Scalinata ", the artists stairs, came into being. Since then, many artists along the staircase leading to the site and in its streets sculptures and mosaics created.


Due to migration to the cities takes the population of the last hundred years continuously.

Source: ISTAT


Luigi Rossi was elected in April 2008 to the mayor.

Coat of arms

On a blue shield a deer in natural colors more than three green mountains. It is a canting arms, because the name " Cervara " is derived from the deer (Italian = Cervi ), which were frequent in the area.

Personalities in Cervara

Numerous artists talked for a long time in Cervara on to be inspired by the wild nature, among them the painter Eduard Bäumer and Oskar Kokoschka.

1831 Samuel FB Morse spent, inventor of the Morse code, a summer in Cervara.