In order to fully enjoy the hidden beauties around the area, it would be ideal staying for three days in Viterbo and visiting daily surrounding places so to understand why both the Romans and Etruscans chose this one to settle down.

Apart from archeological sites, it is really interesting to try how good and pleasing the sulphureous water is, which gushes out from the source “Bullicame” for centuries.

These thermal waters, carried into the communal swimming-pool as well, are suggested to help treat chronic artropathies, aftereffects of fractures, bronchial asthma or simply to relax.

It is unnecessary to point out that they attract lots of tourists, but coming especially from Rome and Terni they generally don’t stay overnight in Viterbo.

Below we propose three alternative itineraries to discover the Tuscia and its beautiful landscapes. Our specialties:

Etruscan Itinerary

Cerveteri, Tarquinia, Vulci, Tuscania (total Km. 270)
From Bagnaia, passing Viterbo, you arrive in Vetralla through the Cassia (S. 2), a Roman-age road, for a visit to the Romanesque Church of S. Francesco and to the Etruscan necropolis of Norchia (Km. 12).

We proceed, then, to Monteromano till the Aurelia (S.S. 1) and the Etruscan necropolis of Cerveteri, south of Civitavecchia, province of Rome

Cerveteri  instead has a medieval aspect, yet its notoriety comes from the necropolis, plenty of suggestive tombs from VII – II centuries b.C., including the “Tomba dei Rilievi” that is the unique example of burial chamber made with polychrome stucco.

Tarquinia, tourist destination among the most famous ones in Italy, due to its culinary specialties as well, can be reached coming back to the North, through Montalto di Castro. Close to it there is the archeological site of Vulci, which experienced its greatest time between VII and I centuries b.C. Arrived there, a manor house dominates over a wild area full of craggy rocks, that are covered with a dense greenery grown thanks to high levels of humidity caused by river Fiora.

From Canino, known for its esteemed olive oil, it is easy to reach Tuscania and its huge Lombard Romanesque churches; destroyed by an earthquake in 1971, it has been almost completely renewed.

Returning to Viterbo, a deviation through the thermae – already famous during the Roman age – heads to the rocky Necropolis of Castel d’Asso, an unusual concentration of monumental tombs with architectural frontages from IV – II centuries b.C. Archeology lovers won’t surely be let down and will come again attracted by a mysterious force which derives from the Etruscan fascination.
 


AROUND LAKE BOLSENA

Bolsena, Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Montefiascone, Ferento (total Km. 140)
About 20 km far from Viterbo towards Siena passing through Marta, charming town along the West-Southern Lake Bolsena’s shore, known for its good wine (Cannaiola), there is Capodimonte which is a town with a beautiful beach, where you can absolutely admire the sixteenth-century Palazzo Farnese, built onto the structure of a feudal manor house.

From Valentano you arrive in Gradoli, of which the remarkable wine “Aleatico” is known, and in Bolsena, where you can try eels from the lake. Bolsena, the ancient Volsinii, has been one of the greatest Etruscan towns; it’s worth to visit the Cathedral and the little streets filled with taverns.

Then Orvieto, famous touristic centre in Umbria with Etruscan origin, where there is its Cathedral begun in Romanesque style, with gothic portals and fourteenth and fifteenth centuries frescoes; don’t’ forget to see Saint Patrick’s well. Bagnoregio, where you are able to be pleased with the stunning sight of “Civita, the dying town”, picturesque medieval village settled onto a tufaceous hill in the middle of a valley made of clay, birthplace of Bonaventura Tecchi.

After visiting abbot Defuc’s tomb inside the Church of S. Flaviano in Montefiascone, related to the legend of the wine “Est! Est!! Est!!!”, you can reach Ferento’s Roman theatre by way of Cassia (km 95), built in the middle of a wide and interesting archeological area, next to the Roman Thermae of yore. Nowadays it is being used to host music events such as “Baroque Festival” and “Viterbo’s Autumn”, compulsory dates for classic music lovers.

The best season to visit these romantic places, rich of history, it actually is either spring or autumn; the lake, with its mesmerizing effects and lush vegetation, appears much more like a fable one.


MOUNTS CIMINI

Bagnaia, Bomarzo, Soriano nel Cimino, Civitacastellana,
Castel S. Elia, Sutri, Ronciglione, Caprarola (total Km. 140)
From Bagnaia, where it is mandatory to visit the gardens of Villa Lante, you can easily go to the medieval town of Vitorchiano and to the Park of the Monsters of Bomarzo: this one, worldwide unique and odd creation, is full of monsters and giant ogres. Prince Pier Francesco Orsini made it be realized at the end of XVI century.

Ended this visit, Soriano nel Cimino is the next step. Popular destination for holidays among woods and chestnut forests (500 mt high on the sea level), Pope Nicolò III Orsini also used to come there during summer.

Subsequently having a look at Ruspoli Castle in Vignanello and Fabrica di Roma, you arrive in Civitacastellana. Well known for its artistic potteries production, it boasts several and nice monument, such as San Gallo Fort and the Cathedral.

By the road S.S. 311 you can arrive in Castel S. Elia, whose Lombard Romanesque basilica conserves nice frescoes. In Nepi there is a remarkable crypt inside the Cathedral, plus the town hall frontage from XVI century.

Consequently to visit Sutri (the Cathedral, the “Shrine of Virgin Mary childbirth”, the Amphitheatre), you may go see Capranica and its Romanesque church of Saint Francis. Going on you’ll reach Ronciglione, particular medieval town near Lake Vico and its “Natural reserve”, a suggestive swampy habitat.

In Caprarola people keen on Renaissence are compelled to admire the giant Villa Farnese. Interesting in San Martino nel Cimino it is the huge Cistercian Abbey. During mushrooms and chestnuts time mostly every town organize feasts to let people eat typical products, and the taverns appear much more like those of a time.

related to the legend of the wine “Est! Est!! Est!!!”

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