They are small towns surrounded by fortified walls that enclose traditions, art, ancient houses where historical events and ancient legends are hovering. A simple air, good-natured faces, good food and you will be fascinated by places that time has not been able to change.
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THE TUFF VILLAGES
5 days – 4 nights
Let’s start exploring together this small village of the Tuscia Viterbese, belonging to the UNESCO Heritage and known in the World for the its incredible Etruscan proofs. In the heart of the historical center you will find Vitelleschi Palace, ancient building of the Renaissance where the National Archeological Museum is located. Through a real trip back into the past, we will discover the Etruscans, starting from the first proofs of the Villanoviana era, arriving to its melting with the Roman Empire. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Monterozzi Necropolis, where you can admire beautiful frescos representing moments of daily life and religious celebrations in the underground tombs. You can also take a walk through the alleys of its suggestive historical centre, surrounded by the ancient wall that enclose high towers and beautiful palaces.
Pitigliano - Sovana
An entire day is necessary to visit the tuff villages: Pitigliano and Sovana. Starting from Pitigliano, and walking through tight alleys and arches, you will lead to the Cathedral of the Saints Pietro e Paolo belonging to the XVIII century, then you can continue until the Aqueduct Mediceo, built in 1545 thanks to the Orsini family to carry the water of the near creeks to the city. It is important to visit also the Rocca Aldobrandesca, originally an ancient monastery, that will turn later into the Orsini Palace. You can visit the ancient jewish district known as the Little Jerusalem. You can continue towards Sovana, that will welcome you from the top of a rocky mountain, overlooking the land where are located important etruscan ruins. During the day you will discover beautiful palaces that tell you the story of the ancient “Suana” : Bourbon del Monte Palace (XIII century), Santa Maria Maggiore Church(XII – XIII century), the Archive Palace, Pretorio Palace and the Duomo.
Viterbo - Tuscania
Viterbo with its historical centre, is an amazing example of medieval architecture. You can walk through the alleys of the centre, between refined palaces, charming fountains , churches and cloisters, and you will lead to the typical medieval district of Saint Pellegrino. Take a look to the Town Hall, the Podestà Palace, the Farnese Palace, the San Lorenzo Duomo with its square, and the Popes Loggia and Palace. If archeology is one of your passions, you should visit the Albornoz Museum, with so many etruscan archeological finds. On the way back you can stop by Tuscania, etruscan city, that together with Tarquinia had a dominant role in the southern Etruria. This territory is developed on seven hills, like Rome, until the highest point where the Saint Peter and Santa Maria Maggiore Churches are located. The centre, rebuilt after a big eartquake, has been changed quite a lot comparing to its originary image, but still it keeps several proofs like the ancient wall all around the city. Really suggestive is the Lavello Tower area, where the time seems to have stopped.
Vitorchiano – San Martino al Cimino
We suggest you to move towards the small village of Vitorchiano, located at the bottom of the Cimini Mountains. It is delimited in the southern area by reinforced walls in piperino, famous stone in a light grey color, used to built a lot of monuments. You can take a walk in the several alleys where the main palaces are located, and you can see the typical profferli, stairs that lead to a sort of balcony that acts like the entrance of the house. We suggest also the famous Fuso Fountain of the XIII century, probably a work of the Comacini Masters, the San Giovanni Battista Church(of the XVI century) and the Public Fountain, built between XVII and XVIII century. Don’t miss the chance to visit the big statue of the Moai, that looks like the ones of Rapa Nui, on the Easter Island, realized to remember the use of the piperino in the World. Not far you can discover S. Martino al Cimino, small village in the center of the Tuscia Viterbese located along the Francigena way, walked by pilgrims that coming from France were on their way to Rome. S. Martino Abbey, was built as a matter of fact by the Cistercian monks of Pontigny. Important is the luxurious palace Doria Pamphili, wanted by Donna Olimpia, widow of the brother of the Pope Innocenzo X Pamphili, the Romanesque Church of San Giorgio, the Church of S. Eutizio, where is holded a marble oil container, attributable to Andrea Bregno.
Sutri - Calcata
We invite you to visit 2 lovely villages: Sutri, set on a tuff mountain looking like a whole thing with the rock, and Calcata, small village in the Treja Valley. Since the etruscan age Sutri has always been important for its strategical location, to prevent the Roman expansion in the etruscan territory, and also for the transit of trades and pilgrims, from and to Rome. Walking along the alleys of the historical centre, it seems to get back in the past. Some of the most important buildings are the XII century Santa Maria Assunta Church, San Francesco Church founded from the saint of Assisi in 1222, the Romanesque San Silvestro Church, and San Sebastiano Church built up before the XIII century. You can take a walk inside its archeological park, where the etruscan Necropolis, the Mitreo, the Amphitheater symbol of the city and the Savorelli Villa are located. In the afternoon you can reach Calcata. A single door will introduce you in the village, where simple houses built up with typical rocks or digged directly into the tuff, mark the limits of the streets, where you can find small artisan shops. In the main square are located the Jesus Church and the XIII century Baronale Palace. Calcata is a destination loved by the youth, and many artists, from different countries, decided to move there and open an atelier. The surrounding landscape is really suggestive and you can also glimpse ruins of old medieval buildings.
Civita di Bagnoregio - Orvieto
In a romantic mood we suggest you to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, Known as “the dying city”, for its location on a decaying rocky mountain. This place looks like an island with a dramatic beauty, completely surrounded by a suggestive landscape made of ravines, crests made of clay shaped by the weather conditions and by the time. Through Santa Maria Gate, you will lead to a small square, surrounded by well refined palaces and small houses, and if you keep going you will arrive at San Donato Square and the ex-Duomo square. Going outside the borders of Lazio, we suggest you to reach Orvieto, city known worldwide for its beautiful Duomo, celebration of arts, but also for its etruscan origins. The city had a leading role in the Etruria territory, probably thanks to the presence of the “Fanum Voltumnae”, federal sanctuary where all the supreme cities used to meet up for the periodic conference. You can take a walk in the historical centre, where the Middle Ages left its tracks, with the beauty of the churches and the tights alleys. You will see San Francesco Church and the San Bernardino monastery. Walking along the Duomo street, you will lead to the Moro Tower, the Palace of the Seven to end up in the Popular Square, where the namesake Palace is located, ancient home of the people’s captain. If you move towards the west area of the city, you can see the Town Hall with a dodecagonal tower next to it, with medieval origins and the Sant’Andrea Church. Don’t miss the visit to the San Patrizio Well.