Bathed in sunlight and rich with forests and green fields, the Tuscia is a land synonymous with discovery, ready to be explored from top to bottom. Its unique natural richness makes it a perfect place for those seeking adventure, as well as for those looking for a journey of total relaxation.
Its favorable location, adjacent to the sea and protected by the nearby Apennines, makes its lands lush and ideal for the cultivation of grapes and olives. Notably, these two crops are among the oldest traditions passed down in this area. It was even the Etruscans, the ancient population that preceded the Romans, who first traded in wine and oil, two real treasures that brought fortune to the Tuscia.
Among the excellences, we must also mention truffles, mushrooms, chestnuts, and berries, true symbols of the so-called “mountain municipalities” of Viterbo, which enrich the traditions and culture of the Monti Cimini area.
From Orte to Tarquinia, the entire territory is a continuous discovery, where every passion can be satisfied.
ETRUSCANS, ROMANS, LONGOBARDS… TUSCIA’S HISTORY WITH A THOUSAND SECRETS
History enthusiasts can immerse themselves in discovering some of the most beautiful sites in Italy, such as the historical palaces and gardens of Villa Lante in Bagnaia (Viterbo) and Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola. Both were realized thanks to the efforts of a master like Vignola. Alternatively, they can explore the Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo, known for its statues that seem to have emerged from dreams. And not to forget the numerous places that made Tuscia the favored place of the papacy in the mid-1200s, such as the Papal Palace in Viterbo and the magnificent Rocca dei Papi in Montefiascone, overlooking Lake Bolsena.
On the historical front, the numerous necropolises cannot be forgotten. From the Park of Vulci, immersed in greenery, to Tarquinia, one of the most famous in Italy, and to Castel D’Asso and Norchia, all waiting to be discovered and full of secrets.
From the Etruscans and Romans, the historical epochs that have touched Tuscia are still brought to life through never-forgotten folk traditions. Historic processions and patron saint festivals are part of everyday life in Viterbo, a place that seems to have stood still in time. This can be relived through pleasant stays in undiscovered locations such as Grotte di Castro, where ancient Etruscan traditions can be experienced firsthand. Or in Farnese and Ischia di Castro, where memories of noble families from centuries past resurface to the present day.
REDISCOVERING ANCIENT FLAVORS AND TRADITIONS, AMID VILLAGES AND FESTIVALS
For those seeking a cultural journey, a rediscovery of traditions and flavors, visiting the numerous medieval villages that enrich the whole of Viterbo would be a fantastic choice. Towns like Sutri and Vitorchiano, already part of Italy’s “Most Beautiful Villages” circuit, are highly coveted tourist destinations. Not to mention the countless festivals, both culinary and cultural, that characterize most of the towns in the area.
Among them, the Chestnut Festival of Soriano nel Cimino, the Lattarino Festival of Marta, the Hydrangea Festival of Bolsena, the Sheep Festival of Monterosi, the Olive Festival of Canino, Italy’s oldest dedicated to olive oil, and the Lavender Festival of the enchanting and historic Tuscania. The latter can be experienced at the Lavanda della Tuscia agricultural estate, where vast lavender fields cover the surrounding land like a magical blue sea. The owners produce unique essential oils and fragrances. And lastly, the passage of the Macchina di Santa Rosa, the patron saint of Viterbo, celebrated on the evening of September 3rd. An event that annually attracts illustrious guests, who come to Viterbo to witness the passage of a 28-meter-high “tower,” carried by 100 “facchini,” Viterbo’s own who embody the city’s spirit and preserve a tradition that began in 1664,
Each of these events, filling the Viterbo calendar from January to December, is a must-attend, suitable for the whole family and every taste. Rediscovering ancient folk traditions and local folklore becomes an adventure full of emotions and flavors, rich in joy and continuous fun.
Lakes, reserves, parks, and large forests for hiking and nature lovers
Even lovers of trekking and nature walks will find plenty to enjoy in Tuscia. In fact, Tuscia offers some of the most interesting trails in Central Italy. In addition to the well-known Via Francigena, which crosses Viterbo from Acquapendente to Monterosi, there’s also the “Sentiero dei Briganti” (Bandits’ Trail), which takes us from Monte Rufeno to discover the paths and legends of the bandits who once plundered and raided the area. This trail can be explored in detail in Cellere, where the Museum of Brigandage is located. Natural reserves like Selva del Lamone, Parco di Vulci, Lake Vico, the enchanting Sasseto forest, and the ancient Faggeta of the Cimini mountains, the Valley of Calanchi, and numerous hidden waterfalls will undoubtedly enrich the experience of every nature enthusiast.
Hidden places like Civita di Bagnoregio, known as the “Dying Town”; the ancient village of Lubriano, perched on the edge of the Valley of Calanchi; Ronciglione, with its carnival tradition; Onano, the land of the famous “sacred” lentils… all await to be discovered and fully experienced, with their labyrinth of ancient streets, workshops, and historic homes.
And then there’s Lake Bolsena, Italy’s largest volcanic lake and an undisputed tourist destination thanks to the magnificent villages that surround it. Places like Valentano, rightly known as “the terrace overlooking the lake”; the small medieval gem of Bolsena; the charming Montefiascone; the beautiful San Lorenzo Nuovo; the green and historic Capodimonte; and Gradoli, with its ancient folk traditions.
THE COASTLINE, IDEAL HABITAT FOR SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS AND PARTYGOERS
For those interested in water sports, joyful evenings, and sunny beaches, the coastline is where they should direct their attention. From north to south, the Viterbo coast offers holiday destinations that range from relaxing to vibrant, catering to individual preferences. The presence of cities like Tarquinia, steeped in ancient history, and the proximity to fabulous areas like Argentario, make the coastline a popular spot for tourists seeking enjoyable pastimes and days filled with events.
The wide beaches, featuring shallow waters for many meters, make places like Montalto Marina, Tarquinia Lido, and Pescia Romana highly sought-after tourist destinations during the warmer months. The constant coastal breeze mitigates summer heat and winter cold, making the 30km of coastline a pleasant experience year-round, perfect for a stroll along the promenade.
Accommodations, B&Bs, tourist villages, restaurants, and lively venues are ready to welcome travelers throughout the year.
Whether you’re a nature lover, a history enthusiast, or interested in cultural traditions, the beauty of Tuscia is waiting to be discovered, one experience at a time.