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Green asparagus from Canino is a type of vegetable that can be eaten fresh or frozen. It is grown in the municipality of Canino and to a lesser extent in the municipalities of Montalto di Castro, Tessennano, Arlena di Castro and Tuscania. What makes the asparagus from Canino special is its bright green colour and above all the absence of the woody part of the stalk which is generally discarded. This peculiarity has earned the asparagus the name of mangiatutto (translates as “eat all”). Its organoleptic characteristics depend on the type of soil, chalky or of volcanic origin, and on the mild and temperate climate. Indeed, the temperature in winter only drops below zero on a few days and during the summer it generally remains between twenty-five and thirty-two degrees. And it is thanks to this favourable climate that the asparagus from Canino is ready earlier than in other locations (it is picked as from January) and this makes it possible to obtain a large, excellent quality harvest.
In order to sample this delicious vegetable and get to know how to cook it in various ways, pay a visit to Canino in April when the Asparagus Festival is held. The stands set up for the event allow you to taste a host of asparagus-based dishes, ranging from first courses and main courses to side dishes and sweets.
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The Naturalistic Archeological Vulci Park is unique in that it presents a complete panorama of Etruscan and Roman city, necropolis, uncontaminated nature and countryside and the extraordinary exhibits in the Museum of Vulci at the Badia Castle. The park is located around the border line with the Tuscany.
There are several opportunities of which you can choose to visit the Naturalistic Archeological Vulci Park. There are simple beginner trails that pass through the ancient etruscan city that take you into the valley where the Fiora River fills the Pellicone Lake, a magnificent sight that we extremely suggest.
Inside the park area there are protected paths that pass alongside vast pastures where maremana cattle and horses graze. It’s possible to provide you with a naturalistic archeological guide to visit the Tomb of François, Tomb of Inscriptions and the Archeological Museum of Vulci, located inside the Badia Castle or Vulci Castle.
Castle Vulci or “Castello della Badia”
 is placed in a location of exceptional natural beauty. It stands in the countryside of Tuscia in Lower Maremma, on top of a beautiful gorge crossed by the River Fiora. The castle was built not far from the ruins of the ancient Etruscan city of Vulci and the nearby coastal path of the ancient Via Aurelia. The location chosen for its construction corresponded to that where the Romans had built a high bridge to jump over the deep gorge of the Fiora to over 30 meters in height.
The castle became the thirteenth century an important center for assistance and hospitality to pilgrims for half a century and was operated in cooperation with the Knights Templar, the so-called Templars. In the sixteenth century passed into the ownership of Alessandro Farnese, who worked some restoration.
The castle is entirely built of regular blocks of trachyte dark.Access to the castle to the north was controlled by the other side of the bridge and the gorge of the river Fiora and a perimeter ditch with water fed by the Roman Empire.
Archeo-trekking, mountain bike or horseback riding are activities to do in the park of Vulci. During the summer season you may visit the park area by night and appreciate the special effects of the evening lights and colours.

Suggested accommodation for this area : TARQUINIA ROOMS

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At the Nature Park, visitors can see the archaeological excavations of the ancient city of Etruscan-Roman volcano, noble Etruscan tombs, the exhibits in the National Archaeological Museum, all surrounded by unspoiled nature traits, which offers color, sound and different emotions .The canyon formed by the dark volcanic rock carved by the waters of Fiora, the plateau populated by the majestic Maremma cows and wild horses, and the lush vegetation along the banks of the river, shelter boar, hares, porcupines, and in spring, the sky from the many colorful rainbows of bee-eaters .

Visitors can choose to enjoy nature and history of Vulci walking calmly along one of the pathways reported: the short course (km.2, 300), the full path or (Km.3, 500), the nature trail (1.500 km) without losing the Laghetto del, “must see” for each path.

A few meters from the Park there are the picturesque Bridge of the Abbey and the National Museum of Archaeology of the Castle of the Badia (the state museum is closed on Mondays)

Also on the opposite bank of the Fiora, is also the Eastern Necropolis, with the François Tomb and  the Tomb of the Inscriptions. It’s  necessary to visit these tombs, the reservation is made by telephone within 48 hours of request to date. Call then:  +39.766.879729 – 766.89298. Alternatively, the organization from the Spring Park – guided tours of the Eastern Necropolis with a schedule of events posted on the agenda (in this case the reservation is required only for groups)

In addition to the accompanying planning Necropolis Eastern Park organizes guided tours of the excavations of the Etruscan-Roman city, at the National Etruscan Museum and the path archeotrekking, bulls and laboratories for schools.

Starting in the spring and all summer the Park organizes a calendar of events, including guided tours at night, horse riding, sports, archery, hiking sensory, canoeing etc.

At the Locanda del Parco , the point inside the Park restaurant, you can taste the traditional dishes of the Maremma.

Suggested accommodation for this area : TARQUINIA ROOMS

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