A pleasant itinerary by foot within the archaeological park of Orvieto (PAAO) a easy-medium difficulty of about 4 km total length and with several points of ascent and descent. It is also known as the path of “Selciata dei Capuccini” as it passes near the old Convent of San Bernardo where today are the Capuchin friars. Starting from Orvieto, towards the large parking lot of Campo della Fiera, go down now to a few hundred meters along a paved road that is also accessible to cars. At this point you take the narrow road what was a part of the old aqueduct. from this main road also called dell’Arcone start climbing until the beautiful Capuchin monastery. At this point the view of Orvieto is very suggestive and unusual. Going forward arrive at the foot of the municipality borders of Porano, and near the archaeological ruins with the Etruscan tombs of Hescanas and Golini. From here there are still a few hundred meters until you come to a area and from this point you begin the part backwards downhill, at Settecamini, until you will re-connect with the main road Cassia (SS71). Here is the local road signs of the Archaeological Park of Orvieto with directions to follow, the Etruscan tombs Hescanas have the distinction of being decorated inside with wall paintings still visible.
From here, you go towards a place called Castel Rubello characterized by the presence of a medieval castle, and after traveling a few hundred meters always following the signs of the park, near the trail are still clearly visible remains of the medieval aqueduct, that accompany you to an old fountain rural known by as “Botte dell’Acqua” (barrel of water). From here go back down then to the borough of San Valentino and along the site of Campo della Fiera and finally back towards the center of Orvieto.
- Average time: 3 hours approx. (5,3 kms)
- Subject: archaeology and nature
- Difficulty: low-medium
- We suggest: comfortable shoes, sporting clothes
- No need transportation