Passo Corese

Passo Corese is a precinct of Fara in Sabina, 35 km from Rome, Italy.


Close to Passo Corese is the site of Cures Sabinorum, also called simply Cures. According to Roman historians, it was from here that the Sabine king Titus Tatius marched on Rome, in the seventh year of the city, 747 BC, to avenge the Rape of the Sabine Women, and then agreed to settle in Rome. In the time of Augustus, Cures was merely a village, but it developed in the succeeding centuries, becoming in the 5th and 6th centuries the seat of a diocese, five of whose bishops are known by name because of their participation in synods or because of correspondence with the popes. The Lombards destroyed Cures, probably in 589, and the population dispersed. In a letter of February 593, Pope Gregory the Great ended the existence of the diocese as a residential see, adding its territory to that of Nomentum.[1][2][3] Accordingly, Cures Sabinorum is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[4]

Recent events

During World War II, Passo Corese was the site of a large POW camp, P.G. 54.[5]

It was the venue for the riding part of the modern pentathlon event for the 1960 Summer Olympics.


  1. Gaetano Moroni, Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica, vol. 19, pp. 27–28
  2. Francesco Lanzoni, Le diocesi d'Italia dalle origini al principio del secolo VII (an. 604), vol. I, Faenza 1927, pp. 345–353
  3. Giuseppe Cappelletti, Le Chiese d'Italia, Venezia 1844, Vol. I, pp. 558–559
  4. Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 950
  5. World War II - PoW Escape Routes in Italy 1943/44 page 4

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Coordinates: 42°09′25″N 12°39′10″E / 42.1569°N 12.6528°E / 42.1569; 12.6528

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