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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 the early fifties about 1950  Castel San Pietro Romano was “the most beat-up and castel-san-pietrowrecked village of Italy”! This definition was given to Castel San Pietro Romano by the famous photojournalist Adolfo Porry-Pastorel who was the Mayor of the village during that time too. Meeting his friend Vittorio De Sica, he said: “We have travelled in everyplace of Abruzzo and we could not find such a beat-up country as to shoot a movie in”.
So Castel San Pietro Romano became Sagliena, the country of the audaucious love stories of the Marshal (Vittorio de Sica) and the “bersagliera” (Gina Lollobrigida) in “Bread, Love and Dreams”.
pane-amore-fantasiaSince then, Castel San Pietro was the set of several film productions and the people of the country turned themselves into actors for various films including “Bread, Love and Dreams”, “Bread, love and jealousy,” always with V. De Sica and G. Lollobrigida, “The Federal” with Ugo Tognazzi, “Liolà” with Ugo Tognazzi and Giovanna Ralli, “The two marshals” by Toto and De Sica, “Tuppe, tuppe marescià” with Peppino De Filippo, Lorella De Luca and Giovanna Ralli.

Castel San Pietro Romano is a picturesque small village of ancient origins situated on the ancient acropolis of Praeneste (actually  city of Prenestina) over 752 mt. high.
The view it offers, from the Praeneste Mountain to the Alban Hills it is charming and seems almost enchanted, as frozen in time.
It is perched on a hill in a characteristic game of stone streets, alleys, bell towers and cosy squares. pane-amore-gelosiaThe church of Saint Peter the Apostle, whose altar was set up by Pietro da Cortona, is of extreme beauty.
You can get lost in the ancient atmosphere of the overwhelming Castle Fortress and take a glance of the Cyclopean Walls of the 8th century B.C., recently restored.
From this small though charming town, an enchanted gem, you can admire one of the best views of Latium. You will be almost astonished by its characteristic homes and could run into typical restaurants where you will taste traditional flavours.
Walks and excursions that can be made to the Valley of Cannucceta, to the Temple of Fortuna Primigenea as well as to the small towns of Guadagnolo and Capranica Prenestina, make of Castel San Pietro Romano a tourist Sunday destination chosen by groups that reach this little paradise by car, motorcycles or classic cars.

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The Chinotto is a fresh drink obtained from a small evergreen citrus (Citrus aurantiumvar. myrtifolia) of Chinese origin has grown on branches yield an incredible quantity of flowers and fruit. As they ripen, the clusters of fruit turn from bright green to orange, releasing an intense and unmistakable perfume.
The small, somewhat bitter, thick-skinned chinotto keeps for a remarkably long time and is sometimes eaten either candied or with Maraschino liqueur. Anyway the chinotto has to be drunk cold expecially during the summer.
The most important and historical brand about chinotto is the firm NERI, web address: www.chin8neri.it

The Neri firm is located in Latium in Capranica near Viterbo along Via Cassia.

Suggested accommodation for this area : VITERBO FLAT

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