Category: 5. History, Art and Culture

Viterbo

The first report of the new city dates to the eighth century CE, when it is identified as Castrum Viterbii. It was fortified in 773 by the Lombard King Desiderius in his vain attempt...

Villa Lante gardens

The gardens of the Villa Lante feature cascades, fountains and dripping grottoes. The visual and harmonious choreography of water and the mechanical perfection of its flow was only achieved after Tommaso Ghinucci, a hydraulics...

Bolsena

While it is fairly certain that the city is the successor to the ancient Roman town of Volsinii (sometimes termed Volsinii Novi – New Volsinii – to distinguish it from the Etruscan city), scholarly...

Villa Sforzesca

The villa was built in 1576 (inscription on the access portal) by Cardinal Alessandro Sforza on the border between the county of Santa Fiora and the Papal States, together with the adjoining church of...

Torre Alfina

Its history is identified with that of its castle, to which it must probably part of the name, built in the Middle Ages around a watchtower from which comes the noun tower. According to...

Proceno

Of Etruscan origin, as evidenced by the burial discovered in the vicinity of the village, wants the tradition that was founded by Porsenna in the 6th century B.C. In the High Middle Ages it...

Orvieto

Etruscan era The ancient city (urbs vetus in Latin, whence “Orvieto”), populated since Etruscan times, has usually been associated with Etruscan Velzna, but some modern scholars differ. Orvieto was certainly a major centre of...

Civita

Civita was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. Civita was the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure, who died in 1274. The location of his boyhood house has long since fallen off the edge...