The last strip of Maremma, between Tuscany and Lazio, preserves an artistic and culinary heritage where it is easy to be fascinated by it. A path where you can browse, passing from villages to seaside resorts, where the ancient, the sacred and the profane intertwine, to be surprised by the simple taste of the recipes handed down over time.
Camping Village Tuscia Tirrenica - ITINERARIES
CAROUSEL OF FLAVORS
5 days – 4 nights
In Cabalbio you can take a walk in the historical centre, discovering paths and alleys, corners and glimpses of daily life that will amaze you. From the ancient wall of the Aldobrandesco Castle you will enjoy a view of the surrounding landscape like no other. Treat yourself with a lunch based on typical dishes like wild boar, and after you can visit the Tarot’s Garde, created by the artist Niki De Saint Phalle, realized in the last period of her artistic career, putting together different materials to create female characters where you can walk in and live, using strong and bright colors, with shapes that reminds of the main figures of the tarots. Perfect fusion between art, architecture and design, the Park represents the spiritual dream of the artist, and the entrance itself, reveals the difference between magic and reality.
Vulci - Canino
Don’t miss the chance to visit Vulci, ancient etruscan village. The Castle, current location of the archeological museum, belonging to the Medieval age, , di epoca medievale, is located next to the Abbey bridge known as the Devil’s Bridge, that offers a beautiful view of the Fiora river and the surrounding landscape. You can visit the Museum and the tomb of François, typical for its articulate planimetry and the richness of the mythological details represented on the panels, reproduction of the original frescos, properties of the Torlonia Princes. Take a walk in the area of the etruscan and roman ruins, where you will discover the Criptoportico Villa and the Mitreo. You can continue towards Canino, we suggest you to stop and visit a special olive oil mill, where the production is based on selected olives that belong to the national territory and the production is with a cold process. After the olive oil let yourself be tempted by all the tastes that come from one of the many local cheese factories, where you will be surprised by the flavours, results of a production handed down from generation to generation. Once in Tarquinia, get lost in the streets of its suggestive historical centre, surrounded by ancient walls that enclose palaces and churches and high towers.
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.
Bolsena – Gradoli
Gradoli is famous for the production of the Purgatory bean, this name belongs to the lunch of the Ash Wednesday, arranged since 1600, that recognize this legume as a traditional dish. You can take a walk in the historical centre, in a suggestive mood, evoked by a mix of history and legend typical of the small villages of the Tuscia Viterbese. A small curiosity we recommend ( you should arrange the visit ahead of time ), the Farnesiano Costume Museum, that displays a wide collection of aristocratic, working-class, clerical clothes, including underwear, accessories, weapons and armours belonging to the Renaissance, reproduced accurately basing on paintings and printings of that era, that refers to the clothing of the Farnese Family. Not far away you will find Onano, a small village where they grow another type of legume, called Popes lentil because during the ‘600 was consumed by the papal court that was located in the Popes Palace in Viterbo, and thanks to Eugenio Pacelli, futur Pope Pio XII. Treat yourself with a lunch in a typical restaurant with local products. You can continue towards Bolsena, enchanting village located alog the shores of the namesake lake, that features a beautiful Medieval centre, dominated by the Monaldeschi Castle, current location of the Bolsena Lake Territory Museum. Inside is illustrated the history of the lagoon, through interesting Etruscan and Roman finds and educational panels. This land is also famous for the production of selected wines like Cannaiola and Aleatico.
Vico Matrino – Capranica – Sutri
Early morning departure to reach a panoramic point on Monte Fogliano, one of the highest hills of Viterbo’s Tuscia with its 965 meters above sea level, which offers a beautiful view of Lake Vico. The path winds through tall oaks, to reach the Orlando Towers, so called for the mysterious cyclopean ruins taken from the popular legends of the famous paladin. Continue to Capranica, from where a suggestive stretch of via francigena begins. Take the time for a short visit to its historic center, where history is told along the streets and facades of ancient buildings. From here you embark on a path of surprising beauty among hidden paths, ravines, streams, bridges and waterfalls up to Sutri. A legend tells us the origin of the name of the city, founded by the first King of the Italian peninsula, the God Saturn, father of all the gods. From its name, pronounced by the Etruscans “Sutrinas”, derives that of the city. Walk inside the Archaeological Park, inside which are the Etruscan Necropolis, the Mitreo, dating back to the first century. D. C., the Amphitheater, symbol of the city and Villa Savorelli. Particular attention should be paid to Il Mitreo, dating back to the first century. A.D. In the vicinity of the necropolis an Etruscan cut, where nature still manages to reveal its magical sacredness today.
Castel Gandolfo - Ariccia
You can spend a day in the Roman Castles area, starting from Castel Gandolfo, beautiful village that overlooks the Albano lake, famous because was the summer abode of the Popes. Here, booking the visit, you will discover the naturalistic beauty of the Barberini Gardens, from the Magnolia Garden to the Roses Boulevard, from the Spices Boulevard to the Nymphaeum one, from the Holly oak Boulevard to the Belvedere Garden where you can enjoy a stunning view.
Then you can move to Ariccia, elegant village of the Roman Castles, located on a tuff cliff surrounded by thick forests, that keeps its original features. A majestic bridge 59 metres high, structured in three orders of overlapping arches, and 300 meters long, that links the cliff where Ariccia is located to the near Albano Laziale. The bridge, one of the attraction of the city, was buit up between 1847 and 1854, during the pontificate of Pio IX. Worthy are Chigi Palace, located at the borders of Piazza Corte, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, which exhibits inside the original furniture, and several paintings and sculptures. Another important artwork by Bernini is the beautiful Collegiata Maria SS. in Cielo, inspired by the Pantheon.
If you think that a visit to the Popes Villas, we suggest you an interesting alternative option, a daily trip to Genzano and Nemi. You can go to Genzano, city of the Lanuvina area of the Albani Hills , located on the outer side of the Nemi Lake crater. The city, a small art jewel, is also famous for the production of the traditional homemade bread, really appreciated in Rome and the surrounding areas for its qualities, especially for its fragrance and aroma, that last for days. The cooking process take place in ovens called “soccie”. During the visit, you can stop in one of the bakeries to taste this special bread. You can keep going so you will lead to the Ninfa Oasis, a fairy-tale park with a lot of different botanical species coming from several parts of the World, like the Smoke Bush from the Far East. This garden, in the typical english style, was created on the ruins of the ancient Ninfa, and keeps still nowadays some traces of its medieval past, that make this place more suggestive and romantic.