Bolsena, Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio “La citta che muore”, Viterbo, Tuscania, Tarquinia e “Vulci”, Sovana, Pitigliano, Saturnia, Pienza, Montepulciano, Siena, Assisi.
Bolsena’s lake is the largest European volcanic lake. The two islands, Martana and Bisentina (the rests of two small volcanic cones), after having been abandoned for centuries, are now open to the public. Bolsena is the Miracle’s city happened in 1263 in the basilica consecrated to the Saints George and Cristina. In 1264, has been instituted the “Corpus Domini” festivity.This festivity is celebrated with a procession and with the traditional “Infiorata” through the streets of Bolsena which are covered with floreal carpets.
S. Cristina’s festivity, christian martyr and patron saint of Bolsena, is equally important.
Every year the evening of the 23th July and the morning of the 24th July, the S. Cristina’s martyrdom are remembered through some living and plastic pictures called “Misteri”.
It is a must to visit the “Monaldeschi” Castle that since few years is the centre of the Lake’s Museum, where is possible to observe important geological and archaelogical finding from bronze and iron age to the etruscan-roman period.
Interesting are the ruins of the Etruscan-Roman town of Volsinii arosed in the nearby of the Monaldeschi’s fortress.
The most classic destination is Orvieto, the twin city with Bolsena which shares the sacrality of the Corpus Domini.
To visit: The “Duomo”, St. Patrick’s pit and the Etruscan necropolis.
From Orvieto you can go to “Civita di Bagnoregio”, the medieval town called “The dying city”.
In order to reach the ancient village, you have to walk on a spectacular bridge exclusively accessible to pedestrians.
From Bagnoregio you can drive till Viterbo, capital of the province.
To visit: the medieval quarter of San Pellegrino, the Sanctuary of Saint Rose, the Papal Palace, seat of the longest “Conclave” of the history of the Catholic Church.
While 4 kilometres far from Viterbo, yuo’ll find the magnificent “Villa Lante”, masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance.
You can proceed toward Tuscania, well known for the romanesque churches of “Saint Peter” and “Santa Maria Maggiore” and the etruscan necropolis.
From Tuscania you pass to Tarquinia valuable for the etruscan necropolis with painted tombs and the “Etruscan National Museum”.
After Tarquinia we find Vulci where you can visit the etruscan necropolis near the castle and the Abbadia’s bridge.
Another itinerary is the one that will lead you till Tuscany.
To see: Sovana a little town renowned for Ildebrando’s tomb.
Pitigliano with its ancient town centre and finally Saturnia, a famous thermal place in the heart of “Etruria”.
With one hour of driving you can reach Pienza and Montepulciano, as well as Siena and Assisi.