The most beautiful villages of Tuscia Viterbese

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The Viterbo area is full of fascinating villages, for this reason it represents one of the most suggestive and appreciated areas of Lazio. A timeless place where traditions take shape because they have never been lost. Occasional tourists or experienced tourists, this area of ​​the boot manages to fascinate and intrigue anyone who decides to spend time in its magical villages, from Bracciano to Acquapendente, from Bolsena to Calcata, without forgetting Civita Castellana and Tuscania. Along its ancient roads that tell about populations and habits: here the most beautiful villages of Tuscia Viterbese, so called because it was once the land of the Etruscans, not to be missed on a journey to discover the wonders of Italy.


  1. Bracciano
  2. Bolsena
  3. acquapendente
  4. Calcata
  5. Civita di Bagnoregio
  6. Tuscania
  7. Sutri
  8. Capodimonte
  9. montefiascone
  10. Soriano nel Cimino
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Bracciano

Difficult to find who does not know Bracciano with its castle and its lake. Its origin is not yet clear, it seems that the first settlement dates back to the 1200th century. To visit absolutely there are the Cathedral of Santo Stefano which dates back to 1436, the Church of Santa Maria Novella dating back to with the adjoining Civic Museum and the Odescalchi castle which from its position dominates the whole territory characterized by the Sabatino lake. Also suggestive are the many alleys that wind around its walls.

  • By car from Civitavecchia in about 45 minutes via the A12 / E80 towards Rome towards Cerveteri (Cerveteri / Ladispoli exit). With the Cotral Line bus from Civitavecchia, stops at Porta Tarquinia, the Railway Station and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. Get directions,
  • Monuments and attractions: Odescalchi Castle, Cathedral of Santo Stefano, Church of Santa Maria Novella, Civic Museum.
  • Useful Info: the castle is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, the cost of the visit is € 8,50. The Cathedral can be visited for free as well as the Church of Santa Maria Novella, The Civic Museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:00 and on weekends from 10:00 to 18:00 (from 15 September to 31 May) ; Tuesday to Friday from 16:00 to 19:00 and on weekends from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 (from 1 June to 14 September).

2 - Bolsena

City Center strongly linked to agriculture and fishing, Bolsena rises on a hill at the foot of the Volsini mountains. Much appreciated by tourists who visit numerous for the tranquility of the village, the salubrity of the air and for its indisputable charm. It is no secret that you have always represented one of the most evocative villages of Lazio.

  • By car along the Autostrada del sole (A1), exit Orvieto then take the Umbro Casentinese road (for about 24 km). By bus you get on the Cotral line from Orvieto whose useful stops are Piazza Cahen and square Orvieto Scalo railway station, or from Rome stop Saxa Rubra but changing in Viterbo. Get directions,
  • Monuments and attractions: Chapel of the Miracle, church of Santa Cristina, Convent of Santa Maria del Giglio, Rocca Monaldeschi della Cervara, Lake Bolsena.
  • Useful Info: The churches can be visited for free, the Convent of Santa Maria del Giglio is also a refreshment point (average price € 10,00), La Rocca Monaldeschi della Cervara is open on Mondays from 15:00 to 18:00, from Tuesday to Fridays, weekends and holidays from 10:00 to 18:00.

3 - Acquapendente

Acquapendente is located on a hill overlooking the valley of the river Paglia and this is his position between Lazio and Tuscany to give it a suggestive, unique atmosphere. It is a place that tourists love for its undiscovered beauty and because it is a very convenient point from which you can reach many other nearby cities such as Orvieto, Lake Bolsena and Siena, but not only. Three doors remain of its ancient walls. Do not miss a visit to the Clock Tower, also known as the Barbarossa, the fortress that was built by Henry IV in the th century and which is now completely destroyed.

  • by car take the A1 Florence-Rome, from the north exit Fabro towards Acquapendente or always take the A1 Florence-Rome, from the south exit Orvieto towards Acquapendente. By bus you get on the Cotral line from Viterbo or from Rome (Saxa Rubra) even if from here it is always necessary to change in Viterbo and get on the bus to Acquapendente. Get directions,
  • Monuments and attractions: Clock Tower, Gate of the Ancient Walls, Cathedral of the Holy Sepulcher, City Museum.
  • Useful Info: The Clock Tower, the door and the Cathedral are free of charge. The city museum costs € 3,00 to visit and is open on weekends and public holidays in winter from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 19:00 and in summer from 10:00 to 13 : 00 and from 15:00 to 18:30. From Monday to Thursday the visit is by appointment.

4 - Calcata

Il village of Calcata is located in the heart ofAgro Falisco, in Treja valley. Despite being just 40 kilometers from Rome, it maintains its own personality and character. Access to the village is possible from the only door left of the ancient walls. It is also called the artists' village because it is populated by many artists coming from all the arts of the world who have found in Calcata a place to stop to work and create. The heart of the village, as well as the meeting point is its square from which the other streets radiate. In addition to the tuff, Calcata is famous for being the land of witches. For those who want it from here it is possible to reach some nature trails on foot or on horseback. Curiosity: here they don't take cell phones and there are no wi-fi networks.

  • by car from Rome take the state road 2 bis Cassia Veientana taking exit 5 and then the one for Campagnano and still further on the one for Mazzano Romano, from there follow the signs for Calcata. If you take the A1, instead, from the north exit Magliano Sabina then take the SS 3 Flaminia towards Rome and then follow the signs for Faleria-Calcata. From the south on the A1 to the Grande Raccordo Anulare then the directions are the same. By bus the line is the Cotral from Rome (Saxa Rubra stop). Get directions,
  • Monuments and attractions: Church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Opera bosco Museum of nature art.
  • Useful Info: The church can be visited for free, the Opera Bosco is open on Sundays and public holidays from 11:00 to sunset and the cost of the visit is € 7,00.

5 - Civita di Bagnoregio

Until some time ago Civita di Bagnoregio was famous for being called "the dying city". Today, thanks to tourism, this is no longer the case, on the contrary it is totally reborn. Its history starts from afar, precisely it seems to have been founded over 2.500 years ago by the Etruscans. To call it the city that dies was Bonaventura Tecchi, due to its fate. The tuffaceous hill on which it rests is eroded at the base by two streams below, as well as by wind and rain. Despite this, however, nothing is certain. Curiosity: its inhabitants are 16, according to the last census of 2011, but it seems that today they are even less. The village is accessed via an exclusively pedestrian bridge 300 meters long and built in 1965.

  • By car along the A1 from the north, exit at Orvieto and continue following the signs for Bagnoregio. If, on the other hand, you are coming from the south, the exit is that of Orte, you will then have to continue on the highway to Viterbo and exit at Bagnaia-Montefiascone to continue on the Provincial Teverina to the village. By bus it can be reached from Orvieto (railway station) with the Cotral line. Get directions,
  • Monuments and attractions: church and square of San Donato, cave of San Bonaventura, the Renaissance palaces.
  • Useful Info: the visit of the village has a fee of € 3,00 on weekdays and € 5,00 on holidays.

6 - Tuscania

One of the most evocative places in Tuscia, Tuscania is a city of art of about 8 thousand inhabitants. With its typical medieval appearance, it is famous in particular for its two basilicas: that of Santa Maria Maggiore and that of San Pietro, just outside the circle of the walls. Definitely worth visiting Bastianini square with its Cathedral and its fountain of the seventeenth century and the Tuscanese National Museum which houses the sarcophagi and other elements linked to the ancient families of the city who lived between the th and nd centuries BC. C.

  • By car along the A12 Rome-Civitavecchia, Aurelia to Tarquinia and then Strada Provinciale 3. By bus the Cortral line from Orvieto is active. Get directions,
  • Monuments and attractions: Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and San Pietro, Tuscanese National Museum, Piazza Bastianini.
  • Useful Info: the visit to the basilicas is possible (free of charge) from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00, from October to April the afternoon timetable is from 14:30 to 16:30. The Tuscanese National Museum (free) is open every day from 8:30 to 19:30.

7 - Sutri

Considered the door of Etruria, Sutri is a true Etruscan bulwark as well as an important hub for pilgrims and goods up to the medieval period. Its position on a tuffaceous relief overlooking the Cassia makes it even more suggestive. Its origins probably date back to the Bronze Age, but there are not many testimonies that confirm it. To be discovered absolutely: the Roman amphitheater, its religious structures, the Mithraeum, a place dedicated to the God Mitra, Palazzo Savorelli.

  • By car from Rome or Viterbo along the Via Cassia. By bus with the Cotral line from Rome (Saxa Rubra stop). Get directions,
  • Monuments and attractions: Roman amphitheater, Duomo, Mitreo, Palazzo Savorelli.
  • Useful Info: for the amphitheater and the Mitreo the entrance fee is € 5,00 full and € 3,00 reduced and can be visited from Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 14:00 and weekends and holidays from 9:00 to 16:00 pm. The Villa Savorelli Garden has free admission and can be visited every day from 9:00 to 16:00.

8 - Capodimonte

Capodimonte is located on the north east shore of Lake Bolsena on a promontory of about 330 meters. Dominating the city is there Rocca dei Farnese which was built in the fifteenth century by Pier Luigi Farnese. City with a very complex history, it was first destroyed in 280 BC and then in the mid-eighth century by the Lombards. Even today there are many attractions to be discovered, including the Palazzo Farnese di Capodimonte (also called the Rocca) and the necropolis that extends for 5 kilometers.

  • By car, take the A1 and exit at Orte, then the highway to Viterbo, Siena exit, then take the Cassia to the Capodimonte exit which can be reached after about 20 km. By bus the Cotral line from Rome (Saxa Rubra) or from Viterbo. Get directions,
  • Monuments and attractions: Rocca Farnese, Necropolis
  • Useful Info: The fortress is open (free admission) from 10:00 to 13:00 on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00 on Friday and Saturday. Closed on Mondays.

9 - Montefiascone

Montefiascone rises 590 meters above sea level, on top of the highest hill of the Volsini mountains. Its origin dates back to the Middle Ages, although no one has yet been able to give certainty. Its historic center preserves important evidence of its past told by the buildings that can still be visited, from the Cathedral of Santa Margherita to the church of San Flaviano, without forgetting its fortress built in the twelfth century and today partly damaged but still majestic and one of the places of the most visited area. Its name is traced back to Mons (due to its position on the hill) and to Faliscorum (by the Falisci people who settled in the area).

  • by car heading north along the A1 and exit at Orte, then the freeway to Viterbo to the Montefiascone exit. South direction through the A1 exit Orvieto continuing on the Strada Statale Amerina, at the roundabout take the third exit for the SS 71 and follow it for 27 km. Get directions,
  • Monuments and attractions: Cathedral of Santa Margherita, church of San Flaviano, Rocca dei Papi.
  • Useful Info: the church of San Flaviano can be visited every day for free from 9:00 to 19:00, the Cathedral of Santa Margherita can be visited for free every day from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00, the Rocca dei Papi can be visited every day from 8:30 am to sunset and the cost for the visit is € 4,00.

10 - Soriano nel Cimino

Soriano nel Cimino is the largest municipality among those in the district of Cimini Mountains, rises 509 meters above sea level. Its name seems to derive from Sorinianum, although its etymology is still unknown. Some theories would make it go back to a Roman family, others to the first specimens of tabby cat imported into Italy from the Middle East and still others to a term of Etruscan origin, composed of surus and inaus which means wooded place. To visit the Orsini Castle, the Chigi-Albani Palace with its famous and curious Papacqua fountain, the churches and not far from the village the Faggeta, declared a Natural World Heritage Site by Unesco in July 2017.

  • By car from the north via the A1, exit Attigliano and then continue towards Bomarzo-Viterbo until the junction for Soriano; if you arrive from the south on the A1, take the exit for Orte and continue on the Superstrada for Viterbo until the junction for Soriano. For those coming from Rome you can also take the Cassia. By bus with the Cotral line from Rome (Saxa Rubra or Tiburtina stop) to Viterbo then ride to Soriano nel Cimino or to Orte. Get directions,
  • Monuments and attractions: Orsini Castle, Chigi-Albani Palace, Cathedral, Church of Sant'Eutizio, Church of Sant'Agostino, Faggeta.
  • Useful Info: the Orsini Castle can be visited free of charge every day from 10:00 to 17:30 from November to March, on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 from April to October. The beech forest is open for visits from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and on weekends from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 16:30 to 19:00.

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