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Around the border-line between Latium and Umbriaand close with LakeBolsenaand Via Cassia there is Civita di Bagnoregio. This is an acient medieval village.
The tuffaceous hill upon which Civita stands is undermined by the continuous erosion caused by two streams flowing in the valleys below and by the action of rain and wind: thus it is crumbling away, slowly but inexorably.
Balneum regis, literally “King’sBath,” is a place name of Gothic-Lombard origin that defines a king’s property and appears for the first time in599 ina letter from Pope Gregory the Great to the Bishop of Chiusi Ecclesio.
The village, in which only a few families remain, is collapsing, evaporating – it is slipping away: tomorrow it will be nothing but a mirage, like the best dreams, likeVenice(also condemned by water), like everything that reveals the fragility and powerlessness of man. Across from the Belvedere, linked to the world by a single, narrow bridge300 meterslong, stands Civita, set gently upon its summit, with its tuft of medieval houses.
At the eastern edge of the Belvedere, where the Franciscan convent once stood, there is a cave dug into the ground, called the “grotta di San Bonaventura.” According to tradition, the adolescent philosopher was cured here after his mother had invoked Francis of Assisi, who had just recently died (on October 3, 1226).
Entering the village (so to speak: just a handful of people live there), the first important monument one encounters is Porta Santa Maria, surmounted by pair of lions clutching two human heads, a symbol of the tyrants defeated by the bagnoresi, the people of Bagnoregio.


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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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The centuries old serenity of Bolsena is reflected in the transparent waters of its lake, giving scenery that is both rare and suggestively beautiful. This is one of the most beautiful areas of central Italy, framed by the Volsini mountains a short distance from the Tyrrhenian coast and about an hour by car from Rome airport. It is a proud ancient area that has lots of historical evidence and natural beauty spots.The lake of Bolsena is the largest volcanic lake in Europe.

Its drainage basin (270 sq.km.) is not the remains of a single large volcano, but has formed through the centuries following the collapse of the terrain after eruptive activity of several smaller openings; two of these have transformed into the islands of Martana and Bisentino, with luxuriant vegetation down to the water’s edge.

From Bolsena you can easily explore Italian hill towns containing the many treasures that Italy has to offer.


  • Florence –May easily be reached by driving North on the Autostrada or by train from Orvieto (2 ½ hours.
  • Siena –The sight of the twice annual palio, where different Siena communities compete in a horse race around the main piazza.
  • Pisa –Home to the famous Leaning Tower, Pisa’s Duomo and the Compansanto, a cemetary containing soil recovered by crusaders from the Holy Land.
  • Cortona –One of Tuscany’s prettiest towns with sweeping views of Lake Trasimeno.
  • Montepulciano –A medieval hill town which rises almost to an elevation of 2,000 feet and is home to many wineries.
  • Montalcino –A medieval hill town which is home to Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy’s esteemed red wines.
  • Saturnia –Famous for its hot sulphur thermal springs.


  • Rome –May easily be reached by driving South on the Autostrada or by train from Orvieto (2 hours).
  • Bomarzo –16th century town that is home to a garden of huge boulders which have been sculpted into various creatures and monsters.
  • Caprarola –Located near Lake Vica, a smaller volcanic lake, it contains the Palazzo Farnese, one of the grandest 17th century country villas.
  • Montefiascone –On the shores of Lake Bolsena, this town boasts a dome on the Cathedral of St. Margherita which is 2nd in size to only St. Peter’s. This is also the home to Est! Est!! Est!!! a renowned white wine.
  • Viterbo –A walled medieval town which was the papal seat from 1257-1281, and contains many stores.


  • Assisi –Medieval town which is home to the Basilica di San Francesco, burial place of St. Francis.
  • Lake Trasimeno –Italy’s 4th largest lake where the Romans suffered one of their worst military defeats in 217 B.C. to troops led by Hannibal. Visit the walled hill town of Castiglione del Lago, or take a boat trip to Isola Maggiore a town known for its lace making.
  • Orvieto –This town which was built on a cliff overlooking the plains below, is the home to the Duomo of Orvieto, which was built during the 13th century and in addition to containing Luca Signorelli’s fresco of the Last Judgment, also has an elaborate facade. The town features many shops which sell ceramics, olive oils and wines including the white wine Orvieto Classico.
  • Perugia –A city that is home to 160,000 people. The old center of the city has many churches and museums, and there are many places to shop.

Suggested accommodation for this area : http://www.romahappydays.com/lake-bolsena-flat/

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