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The medieval village of Roccalvecce, which is delightfully preserved, dominates one of the hills of the castello-roccalveccecaracteristically  splendid panoramic zones of the area between Viterbo and Orvieto, Lake Bolsena and the Tiber.
The Costaguti Castle is situated at the centre of the village on the 1300’s foundation. The Castle was reconstructed and completed in 1700 and today it has been restored in the traditions of the Costaguti family which has owned the Castle for several centuries. The Castle faces the beautiful square of the village, almost a salon in itself, which opens onto the 18th century facade of the town Church, once part of the castle and now the parish Church.
The Reception is on the noble floor, enriched by a canopy one of the symbol of the Costaguti family, leads into the magical atmosphere of the dining room where in special events one can enjoy cocktails and appetizers. The cosy atmosphere of the corridors leads to the richly decorated 18th century styled furnished salon. From twenty to one hundred and fifty people can be accommodated here. The spacious medieval halls are on the ground floor and are furnished with splendid authentic armour and antiques. The halls, which have been carefully restored, can accommodate more than two hundred and fifty people.
The Cellars are situated in the dungeons of the Castle allow one to enjoy the products of the amply furnished wine cellar
The Suites are on the upper floors of the Castle more than fifty people can be lodged in the apartments which have been duly restored and furnished in the style of the period. On the noble floor the frescoed attentively restored period and lavishly furnished bedrooms allow the guests to relive the traditional atmosphere of the antique castle.

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At the beginning of the second millennium, a huge number of pilgrims travelled to Via-Francigena3three major destinations:  Rome, the city of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul, the italy-via-francigenafounders of the Christian church; The Holy Land, site of Calvary, where the pilgrims viafrancigena4sought out the places of Christ’s Passion; Santiago de Compostela, the furthest point of western Europe which the Holy Apostle James chose as his final resting place. Thus Europe became a vast web of roads, paths and routes all of which led towards these pilgrimage sites. The way to Rome was along what was probably the most important road of the times, the Via Francigena or Via Romea which led to the Eternal City from the Western Alps and the Rhineland and was used for seven centuries by sovereigns, emperors, plebeians and clergymen. The Via Francigena led all the way from Canterbury to Rome and was one of the pathways of European history. It was a main thoroughfare along which hundreds of thousands of pilgrims passed on their way to Rome. In those days, the journey was not just an adventure or a risk but an act of devotion in itself, and the pilgrims would stop off along the way at places deemed holy by the Church.
The Via Francigena cut through the Alps in the Valley of Aosta and proceeded southwards through Piedmont, Lombardy, the flatlands of the river Po (Padania) before going through the Apennines near Berceto to pass into Tuscany and Latium, and then Rome. This route is an essential and formative phenomenon in the history of Europe.
If we look at the Etrurian section, we can identify the route and the posting stages. From Proceno, a resting station, the pilgrims moved on to Acquapendente which was a fundamental part of the journey as it contained a precious reliquary from the Holy Land, now kept in the Cathedral crypt. They then travelled down to Bolsena, an important town because of the Corpus Domini miracle, and on to Montefiascone, a mediaeval town even then known for its wine. The next stage was Viterbo which, indeed, developed and grew thanks to its strategic position on the Via Francigena. Viterbo thus became a cardinal destination on the itinerary and was well supplied with hospices and lodgings. The traces of this concentration of pilgrim activity are still very much to be seen today. After Viterbo, travellers faced the obstacle of the Cimini mountains which they traversed by going either to the right or to the left along the Vico Lake. The more popular choice varied from age to age. One way led to Ronciglione and the little church of Saint Eusebius. The other led through chestnut woods and we may still make out traces of an old path that passed by the Cistercian Abbey of St Martins in Cimino. The pilgrims would then make their way to Vetralla where a country road led them to the little church of Santa Maria in Forcassi, mentioned by Sigericus. After this, the road led to Capranica, Sutri, Monterosi and then the pilgrims left the Via Cassia for the Via Trionfale that led them into Rome at last.

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In Canino(Viterbo) you will find the OLEIFICIO SOCIALE COOPERATIVO DI CANINO where the extra virgin-oil is producted
directly from the producer to the consumer.
The OSCC Cooperative was set up in 1965 by a group of local oil producers and now has over 1200 members with in excess of 260,000 olive trees growing on roughly 3,350 hectares in the local area.
The olives are protected against parasites thanks to integrated pest management treatment (IPM), harvested in October-December and pressed in the cooperative’s high-tech plant with daily output of 3.45 tons. Certification: D.O.P. Canino (1263/96/EC).
Canino is a mainly agricultural town in a pollution-free area, of great ecological and natural beauty.
Every year the locals celebrate the olive harvest in early December with stands offering you the chance to taste the extra-virgin oil of Canino. Just to know that The OSCC opens its doors for guided visits!

Suggested accomodation around this area is BOLSENA FLAT : http://www.romahappydays.com/lake-bolsena-flat/

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As follow there are the names and the production area  of Latium Wines:

CESANESE di Affile doc (registered in 29/05/73)
-Production area : Valle dell’Aniene

ALEATICO DI GRADOLI doc (registered in 21/06/72)
-Production area: Lago di Bolsena

APRILIA  doc (registered in 22/11/7)
-Production area: Aprilia and Latina

ATINA doc (registered in 26/04/99)
-Production area: Ciociaria

BIANCO CAPENA doc (registered in 19/05/75)
-Production area: Sabina

CASTELLI ROMANI doc (registered in 04/11/96)
-Production area: Colli Albani

CERVETERI doc (registered in 30/10/74)
-Production area: Cerveteri, Allumiere, Civitavecchia, Ladispoli, Santa Marinella and Tolfa

OLEVANO ROMANO  doc (registered in 29/05/73)
-Production area: Valle del Sacco and Genazzano.

CIRCEO doc (registered in 14/06/96 )
-Production area: Agro Pontino, Circeo, Latina, Sabaudia, San Felice Circeo and Terracina.

COLLI ALBANI doc (registered in 06/08/70)
-Production area: Lago di Albano, Ariccia, Castelgandolfo, Lanuvio and Pomezia

COLLI DELLA SABINA doc (registered in 10/09/96) 
-Production area: Cantalupo in Sabina, Castelnuovo di Farfa, Collevecchio, Fara in Sabina, Forano, Magliano Sabina , Montebuono, Montopoli Sabina, Selci, Stimigliano, Poggio Catino, Poggio Mirteto, Tarano and  Torri in Sabina

COLLI ETRUSCHI VITERBESI doc (registered in 11/09/96)
-Production area: Viterbo,Vitorchiano, Bomarzo, Graffignano, Celleno, Civitella d’Agliano, Bagnoregio, Castiglione in Teverina, Lubriano, Vetralla, Blera, Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia, Barbarano Romano, Vejano, Oriolo Romano, Monte Romano, Tuscania, Arlena di Castro, Tessennano, Canino, Cellere, Piansano, Ischia di Castro, Farnese, Valentano, Latera, Onano, Proceno, Acquapendente, Grotte di Castro, Gradoli, Capodimonte, Marta, Montefiascone, Bolsena, San Lorenzo Nuovo, Orte e Bassano in Teverina.

COLLI LANUVINI doc (registered in 08/02/71)
-Production area: Colli Albani and Genzano di Roma.

CORI doc (registered in 11/08/71)
-Production area: Colli Albani and Cori.

EST ! EST!! EST!!! DI MONTEFIASCONE doc (registered in 03/03/66)
-Production area: Lago di Bolsena, Capodimonte, Marta, Grotte di Castro, Gradoli and San Lorenzo Nuovo.

FRASCATI doc (registered in 03/03/96)
-Production area: Colli Albani, Frascati ,Colonna, Montecompatri, Monteporzio Catone and Grottaferrata.

GENAZZANO doc (registered in 26/06/92)
-Production area: Valle del Sacco, Genazzano, San Vito Romano and Paliano

MARINO doc (registered in 06/08/70)
-Production area: Colli Albani, Marino and Castelgandolfo.

MONTECOMPATRI-COLONNA doc (registered in 19/10/87)
-Production area: Colli Albani, Valle del Sacco, Colonna and Montecompatri.

NETTUNO doc (registered in 08/05/03)
-Production area: Nettuno and Anzio.

ORVIETO doc (registered in 07/08/71)
-Production area: Valle del Tevere , Orvieto(Umbria), Castiglione in Teverina, Civitella D’Agliano, Graffignano, Lubriano and Bagnoregio.

PIGLIO (Cesanese del Piglio) docgg (one of the best latium wines)
-Production area: Ciociaria , Valle del Sacco, Piglio, Acuto, Anagni, Paliano and Serrone.

TARQUINIA doc (registered in 09/08/96)
-Production area: Tarquinia, Blera, Barbarano Romano, Montalto di Castro, Oriolo Romano, Sutri, Bassano Romano, Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia, Vejano, Tessennano, Tuscania, Monteromano, Ronciglione, Arlena di Castro, Capranica, Allumiere, Tolfa, Bracciano, Cerveteri, Ladispoli, Civitavecchia, Santa Marinella, Canale Monterano, Manziana, Trevignano Romano, Anguillara Sabazia, Roma, Campagnano, Fiumicino and  Formello.

VELLETRI doc (registered in 31/03/72)
-Production area: Colli Albani, Velletri and Lariano.

VIGNANELLO doc (registered in 14/11/92)
-Production area: Tuscia Viterbese, Vignanello, Bassano in Teverina, Corchiano, Fabrica di Roma, Gallese, Soriano del Cimino and Vasanello.

ZAGAROLO doc (registered in 29/05/73)
-Production area: Monti Prenestini, Zagarolo and Gallicano.

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