TUSCIA: LAND OF ART, HISTORY, NATURE AND GASTRONOMY

NEAR ROME THE TUSCIA:
LAND OF ART, HISTORY, NATURE AND GASTRONOMY

Far from mass tourism, Tuscia is an ancient land inhabited since the Bronze Age.
Here each era has left its mark which today is revealed as the brush stroke of an artist in a painting.


The garden of Villa lante near Rome


castle in bolsena overlloking the lake


medieval town near viterbo


fisherman's boat on the lake

 
fisherman's in marta village


civita di bagnoregio town


food and wine tasting near rome


cathedral in orvieto


palace of pope in viterbo


1st day:  VILLA LANTE

Arrival at the facility in late morning. A welcome drink is served before you are shown your accommodations. Lunch is based on typical products of the area.

In the afternoon there is a guided tour of the Villa Lante, the rarest example of 16th century architecture, built on the plans of Vignola. The Villa is embellished by dainty fountains, a decorated tank and water games that come from a triumph of geometries designed by evergreen hedges and statues of “peperino,” stone typical of the area.

At the end of the visit we return to the hotel; dinner and overnight stay.


2nd day:  MONTEFIASCONE AND BOLSENA

Breakfast and departure to Montefiascone: a guided tour of the medieval town inhabited since Etruscan times, when it was considered a sacred area.  There are many Roman artifacts because of its geographical position on one of the most important roads, “Cassia.” Even today, thanks to the interest of many Popes regarding its fortification, you can admire perfectly preserved castles and cathedrals.


The guide will first lead the group to visit the overview of Rocca dei Papi, the old town and the Cathedral of Santa Margherita, third in Italy for its majestic architecture. The tour continues within a historic Winery, where a sommelier will accompany guests from the places where winemaking takes place down to the cellars where the wines are kept and refined.  The wines which are served during our organized lunch-tasting are also kept here.

The afternoon will be dedicated to visiting Bolsena, a picturesque village overlooking the Lake, whose origins date back to the 3rd century BC. The tour will include a guided visit to discover the catacombs in the Basilica of Santa Cristina, which dates back to 4th century AD.; a labyrinth of corridors carved in the rock of the mountain; the cathedral/sanctuary, which was the stage for pilgrims on the route of the ancient Via Francigena to Rome. Two major events marked this place that has its roots in Christianity: the martyrdom of Santa Cristina and the Eucharistic Miracle of 1263, both tangible signs of Christ's work on humans. At the end of the visit we return to the hotel; dinner and overnight stay.


3rd day:  CAPODIMONTE AND MARTA

This village is perched on the shores of Lake Bolsena, where we will board our boat tour. This tour highlights historical facts and trivia on countries bordering the Lake, Bisentina Island and Martana Island. The two isles had belonged to the Bisenzio family, then were passed to the Farnese family, and then to the Pope and ownership was disputed for centuries.

Lunch of seafood, and food of the local fishermen's recipes, will be prepared at a restaurant with a view of the lake.

During the afternoon, a guided tour of Marta, a little village of fishermen. The center of this village lies on a hill where, in 1260, Pope Urbano IV had the powerful clock tower built overlooking the Lake.  The houses built into the tuff, external staircases and narrow lanes make this center unique and enchanting. We then walk along the shoreline, where at the end of the fishing day, the fishermen arrange their boats and stretch their nets out in the sun.

At the end of the visit we return to the hotel; dinner and overnight stay.


4th day:  CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO AND ORVIETO


Breakfast and departure for Civita di Bagnoregio. A guided tour of this enchanting village, which for centuries has been called by poets the “dying town” because, the mountain on which the village was built, is continuously eroding.  It is now submerged in the fabulous setting of the “calanchi” (rock) which guards, like a shrine, the cultures, ancient traditions and amazing landscapes of this village.


Lunch based on typical products in one of the “agriturismo” (Italian farm) of the area.


In the afternoon we have a guided tour of Orvieto, lying on the top of a tuff hill. Orvieto’s skyline, with the profile of its Cathedral, can be seen from far away.  Ordered by Pope Urbano I, the Cathedral is a wonderful Gothic building, whose facade is a polyptych, done with precious mosaic decorations.

At the end of the visit we return to the hotel; dinner and overnight stay.


5th day: VITERBO


Breakfast and guided tour of Viterbo. The historical center of the town, named San Pellegrino, is the most characteristic and well-preserved in Italy, a real jewel showing a typical town of 1200. We visit “Santa Maria Nuova,” one of the most ancient parishes in Viterbo.  It was the first parish of the town (1217). Our visit goes along picturesque alleys to reach the Palazzo Papale (Pope’s palace); built in medieval Gothic style, it is characterised by a loggia with seven arches; for centuries it was the residence of the Pope.

Lunch cooked in one of the typical restaurants in the historic center of Viterbo.  Return home.