Porano – Only 5 km from Orvieto, just outside this little town you can visit the Hescanas Tomb: one of the very few Etruscan tombs with surviving frescoes. It can only be visited upon reservation with a local guide.
Information and guided visits: Associazione Acqua – www.poranoturismo.it
Baschi – This little town is located only 15 km from Orvieto and hosts in its most ancient section the Antiquarium, an exhibit of Roman findings discovered in the “Archaeological area of Scoppieto“, near the Lake Corbara, where a large Roman furnace was also discovered. Further evidence of the Roman presence in the area is the archaeological area of the Roman port of Pagliano on the confluence of the river Paglia with the Tiber. This site is currently not accessible.
Etruscan necropolis of Caldane and archaeological site of Coriglia – Near Castelviscardo and Monterubiaglio about 15 km from Orvieto, two important archaeological sites, the first, the necropolis dates back to the VI century BC. and consists of about 40 single-chamber tombs of small dimensions. Coriglia is a recently excavated archaeological site located near the ancient Tiberio therms on the way to what was once the Roman road known as “Traiana Nova”. The site has returned remains of noble residences and villas from the Roman era.
Bolsena – Little town in the Lazio region, located 20 km from Orvieto. Bolsena and Orvieto have had a strong connection since Etruscan times, when the population of Velzna (Orvieto) was deported by the Romans in 264 BC to the shores of Lake Bolsena. The archaeological area of Volsinii Novi (New Velzna) is located at the beginning of the town of Bolsena, and shows remains of an ancient Roman town. The Museo Territoriale of Bolsena is located inside the Castle Rocca Monaldeschi and displays several objects from different periods, including Etruscan and Roman.
Info: Simulabo – Tel: (+39) 0761.796914 – E-mail: email@example.com@comunebolsena.it
Umbro-etruscan Necropolis del Vallone – In this little Umbrian village, 25 km from Orvieto, visitors can admire an interesting Umbrian-Etruscan Necropolis called “del Vallone di San Lorenzo”. The necropolis is formed by typical four-sided tombs.
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Dramatic Boroughs & Villages
Civita di Bagnoregio – From Orvieto head towards Bagnoregio/Lubriano, two towns in the Lazio region, only a few kilometers from the border of Umbria. Once you arrive in Bagnoregio follow the signs to the village of Civita di Bagnoregio. Civita can only be reached on foot via a long panoramic bridge. Civita di Bagnoregio may be considered a true open-air museum. It is a pleasure to walk through its picturesque streets and ancient buildings. Don’t miss the Church of San Donato in the main square and the Museo Geologico e delle Frane (Geology Museum). Civita is a perfect place for a quiet, charming walk also enjoying the beautiful panorama of the valley of gullies that opens all around the village. The village has been replicated and used as a film set, including Pinocchio.
Celleno, The ancient borough – This ghost village sits on a tufa rock and can be reached passing by the modern town. The story of this village has ancient origins since the Etruscans. For many aspects it is very similar to the most popular Civita di Bagnoregio (only with fewer visitors), and shows a dramatic beauty of its ruins and its buildings today fully abandoned.
The Convento della Scarzuola – Near the villages of Montegabbione and Montegiove there is the suggestive Convent of the Franciscan Scarzuola with adjoining artistic structure and allegorical sculptures of the “Ideal City” Created by a famous italian architect and artist: Tommaso Buzzi. The Scarzuola can be visited only by guided tours.
Monumental Forest of Sasseto – Located near the majestic castle of Torre Alfina (a nice village in the north of Lazio, 30 kms from Orvieto), this wood offers its visitors a unique and enchanted atmosphere with its extensive trails between boulders and rocks of all sizes and its majestic secular trees. In the quiet of the woods there is also the original Gothic-style Mausoleum of Edouard Cahen.
Villa Cahen – This nineteenth-century art nouveau style villa was built in 1880 by a wealthy financier Edouard Cahen of Anversa, who was in love with Italy and its landscapes. The property stretched for about thirty kilometers in circumference between a ridge and the Paglia river valley, in the area now known as the Selva di Meana. The villa has four large gardens (including a rare Japanese-style garden) and a terrace from which you can enjoy a wonderful panorama that opens over the entire upper valley of the Paglia river, Selva di Meana, and Monte Rufeno.
Information: Comune di Allerona – Tel (+39) 0763.628317
The San Venanzo volcanological park museum– It consists of a series of nature trails along the perimeter of the ancient “bonsai volcanoes” and an exhibition center in the town center where minerals (including the “venanzite” stone typical and unique to this territory) and fossils of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals are displayed. Approximately 40 kms from Orvieto.
Monsters Park or Sacred Woods of Bomarzo – This easy to reach town in Lazio is famous for its fantastic Monsters Park or Sacred Woods. From Orvieto take the A1 highway south and take the Attigliano/Bomarzo exit. The park (created in 1552) is in a large green area with trees and foot trails. Along these paths and under the cool shade of its giant trees is a succession of stone statues depicting mythological characters, animals and monsters. The park was created at the behest of the noble Orsini and statues sculpted by renowned architect Pirro Ligorio.
Information – Tel (+39) 0761.924029
Tiber River Fluvial Park – A large green area around the Tiber River between Todi and Orvieto. It winds through the impressive “Gole del Forello” (Forello Gorge) and creates Corbara lake thanks to the artificial dam around the village of Corbara, a place where many sport fishermen enjoy activities. Around this area you can also find interesting natural attractions such as the “Grotta della Piana” and the Fosso Campione creek.
Bolsena Lake – Just 20 kms far from Orvieto, Lake Bolsena is one of the most important lakes in Italy and the largest volcanic lake in Europe. It is characterized by clear bathing waters, tasty fish and two small islands called Martana and Bisentina. Boat cruises on Bolsena lake are available.
Boat excursions information: www.navigazionealtolazio.it
Monte Peglia & Selva di Meana – Both parks are located about 30 minutes away from Orvieto and are fully equipped for pic-nics (Parco dei Sette Frati near Monte Peglia and Parco di Villalba inside the Selva di Meana). Here visitors can enjoy wonderful hikes along specific trails. Great for families and friends who want to barbecue and enjoy an easy day out on the green hills. Since the year 2018 the Monte Peglia park has been declared MAB/UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Oasi di Alviano – A few kilometers from Orvieto, the oasis is a protected natural park managed by the WWF and home to numerous species of birds. It is accessible by guided tours, a paradise for lovers of nature and bird-watching.
Tane del Diavolo & Thermal natural park of Parrano – Parrano is about forty minutes from Orvieto. The easiest route is to take the A1 highway and exit in Fabro following signs to Parrano. In the village you then go north along the main road for about 1 km (this stretch coincides with the crossing of the two lakes), then take a dirt road on the left up to an abandoned farmhouse called Bagno where there is a small parking lot. From here the trail is equipped with pegs and ropes and allows visitors (experts, recommended local guides) to explore a series of natural karst caves carved on the walls of the gorge, “Tane del Diavolo”: an important natural and archaeological attraction with finds from the Third Century B.C. and the main cavity with a reservoir of mineral waters.
The Museum of Geological Cycles and Fossil Whales – Allerona, about 20 km from Orvieto. Exhibition areas and display cases host prehistoric whale fossils and other Pliocene fossils.
Museo dell’Ovo Pinto, in the area above the Corbara Lake, in the scenic village of Civitella del Lago, a small original museum displaying painted eggs coming from artists of all over the world.
Museo del Fiore, a small naturalistic museum in the woods of the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve in the enchanting village of Torre Alfina – Acquapendente, about 30 km from Orvieto.
Museo Territoriale e Acquario del Lago di Bolsena. At about 21 km from Orvieto, the museum is located in the picturesque castle of Monaldeschi and exhibits at the highest levels archaeological finds of Etruscan and Roman origin. While on the ground floor is the modern exhibition space of the Lake Bolsena Aquarium.
Museo Taruffi in Bagnoregio. About 20 km from Orvieto, a modern museum with a display of vehicles, original mechanical pieces, showcases, vintage radios.
Bartolomei Olive Oil Museum. In Montecchio, about 20 ‘from Orvieto, it exhibits historical machinery for the production of olive oil.
Wine Museum of Castiglione in Teverina, a few km from Orvieto, a new modern and large museum (the largest in Europe with about 2000 square meters of exhibition area).