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Barbarano Romano

The Medieval Town History

The volcanic hill on which the village stands was probably the location of a prehistoric village of the Ancient Bronze Age by evidence of numerous artifacts found at the base of the city cliffs. History has the first permanent settlement in the middle ages. Barbarano was part of the Roman Lombard Duchy and after the donation of Liutprando in 728 became possession of the Church in the eight century. Near the end of the main street (via Vittorio Emanuele) are the remains of a pentagonal tower and Lombardian Fortress called 'di Desiderio', or by Desiderius, the last king of the Lombard Kingdom, who in 771 fortified the walls of towns near Viterbo to protect them against the attacks from the Franks of Charlemagne. It became the feud of the Anguillara Family in the 14th century then passed to the Orsini Family and finally to the Borgias in the 15th century.
 

 

Bolsena Lake

The Lake and the Islands

Lake Bolsena is the largest volcanic lake in Italy (44 sq. mi). There’s a great variety of fish such as carp, pike, eels and white fish in its crystal clear waters. There are many quaint villages that crown the hillside and frame its shoreline. In the early Renaissance the lake became a favorite vacation spot of the Farnese Family and their aristocratic following. There are two small islands, the Bisentina and Martana Island. There are day tours of the lake that are aboard a local fishing boat that can take you for a day tour of the lake to see the picturesque sites only visible by boat.

 

Bracciano Lake

The Lake of Bracciano

The lake is an important tourist attraction situated near Rome. As it serves as a drinking water reservoir for the city of Rome it has been under control since 1986 in order to avoid pollution of its waters. The use of motorboats is strictly forbidden (exceptions being made for a few professional fisherman and the authorities), and a centralised sewer system has been built for all the bordering towns in order to avoid any spoiling of the water quality. This makes Bracciano one of the cleanest lakes of Italy. The absence of motorized navigation (apart from police boats) favours sailing, canoeing and swimming.-Wikipedia

 

Capalbio

Capalbio Historical Center

The name derives probably from the Latin Caput Album or Campus Albus (White Cape or Field, respectively), due to the white alabaster stone dug in the area. Capalbio is known for the first time in 805 AD, when it was donated to the Abbey of the Tre Fontane, near Rome, by Charlemagne. The possession was confirmed in 1161 by Pope Alexander III. Later it was under the Aldobrandeschi family, who were followed by Orvieto, the Republic of Siena and the Orsini, who built the Castle. Conquered by the Spaniards in 1555. it was assigned to Cosimo I de' Medici as part of his new Grand Duchy of Tuscany. The city subsequently decayed and the area depopulated due to the presence of malaria. It became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1860, becoming an independent comune in 1960. - Wikipedia.

Giardino dei Tarocchi

An out of the ordinary garden/sculpture created by the artists Niki de Saint Phalle in 1979. Inspired by her visit to Guell Park in Barcelona by Anthony Gaudi and the Garden of Bomarzo, Niki constructed tweny-two towering figures in steel and concrete covered in glass, mirrors and colorful ceramics representing the Major Arcana Tarot cards and the magical and spiritual dreams of life. For 17 years she worked in the company of many contemporary artist and specialised artisans to complete the work. The most famous being; Rico Weber, Sepp Imhof, Paul Wiedmer, van Dok Winsen, Pierre Marie and Isabelle Le Jeune, Alan Davie, Marino Karella and especially by her husband Jean Tinguely, who died in 1991.There is a sculpture by him in the garden.

 

Cerveteri

Necropolis Cerveteri

The Etruscan Necropolis the Banditaccia is set on a high volcanic rock(tufo) hill northwest of the town Cerveteri. The Necropolis is about 400 hectares with thousands of burial sites and tombs. Only 10 hectares are open to the public with about 400 tumuli to be seen. The earliest period being Villanovano (9th century BC) to the most recent Etruscan period (3rd century BC). The origins of the name 'Banditaccia' came from a group of Villanovano tombs in an area called 'Cava della Pozzolana' or 'the Pozzolan Quarry' where in the late 19th century the City proclaimed (un bando) the area for rent to local landowners. Because of its grandeur, the Necropolis of Banditaccia is the largest ancient necropolis in the whole Mediterranean area.
 

 

Civitavecchia

Forte Michelangelo

The Michaelangelo Fort was built to protect the Port of Civitavecchia. The fort was initiated in 1503 and finished in 1537 by Pope Paul III under the direction of Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane.  The local tradition has it that main tower of the fortress was designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti, hence the name of Forte Michelangelo.

 

Giglio Island

Giglio Campese

Port of Giglio

You can take a 40min. ferry from Porto San Stefano just 50min. drive from Tarquinia. Very quaint fishing village and port. This is where the ferry arrives and from there you can take the local bus to other parts of the island or rent a small boat and tour the island by sea. Many beautiful beaches and coves to discover by sea.You must book the ferry in advanced in the summer months at www.giglioinfo.com.

 

Montalto di Castro

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Pescia Romana

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Porto S. Stefano

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Santa Marinella

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Tarquinia

Ara della Regina

The Queens Altar is located at 'Pian di Civita' and is an important archeological site of Tarquinia. It's an Etruscan temple that was used for rituals and prayer. It remains a mystery to exactly what deities were inside the sanctuary for the cult worship. Resent studies lead to believe that that the divinity worshipped could have been what we today call the godess Diana.

 

Tolfa

Palio delle Contrade Allumiere

The donkey race in Allumiere is at the end of August. If you happen to be in town, you must go and see. It is a fun Italian festival with music, food and of course the donkey races. There are teams and it's a serious competition amongst the locals. The event is on the Sunday following the 15th of August. For more information go to www.allumiere.org

 

Tuscania

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Viterbo

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Vulci

il Castello di Vulci

The Castle of Vulci is situated in the territory of Canino. It is reachable by a bridge called 'ponte del'arcobaleno' or rainbow bridge, built by the Romans to cross the Flora River that divides Canino and Montalto di Castro. The castle was built by the Cistercian Monks in the 12th century on an existing 9th century Abby dedicated to Saint Mamiliano that was distroyed by the incursions of the Saracens. In the 13th century the Castel became an important center and hostel for pilgrims that for a half a century was managed in cooperation with the Knights Templars. Today is houses the Archeological Museum of Vulci.

Parco Naturalistico Archeolgico

A nature reserve and archeological park. You can take a beautiful walk through an old Roman city and nature reserve. There is a beautiful waterfall and small pond to swim in after your nature walk. The website for booking tours and calender of events is www.vulci.it