Lubriano, from the Etruscan “Lùbrie,” which means “place of purification,” is a small village located on a tuff promontory that overlooks the magnificent Valley of Calanchi.
Lubriano, from the Etruscan “Lùbrie,” which means “place of purification,” is a small village located on a tuff promontory that overlooks the magnificent Valley of Calanchi. It is thought to be called this way due to the abundance of spring water carefully managed and controlled by the municipality. Certainly, the territory was inhabited as far back as the Prehistoric period, with findings that attest to this. There were subsequent Etruscan settlements (Volsinii) and Roman ones, followed by Visigothic, Gothic, and Byzantine dominations, which were in turn followed by a long Lombard domination that concluded with the Quersy agreements and the return of the territory to the Papal States under Adrian I. Within the historic center, Piazza San Giovanni Battista opens up, which is the main square from where you can enjoy a very suggestive landscape of the valley.
In the oldest part of the town, excellent examples of Baroque architecture include the Church of San Giovanni Battista, the Church of Madonna del Poggio, and the Monaldeschi della Cervara Castle.
At the highest point, there stands an imposing beautiful tower made of gray tuff, which you can access to admire the panorama: the Monaldeschi Tower.
A must-visit for those coming to Lubriano is undoubtedly the Naturalistic Museum: the ideal place to learn more about flora, fauna, and geology, as well as the headquarters of the Apiculture School of Etruria.