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Sacro Speco-Panorama su Santa Scolastica e Subiaco

S. Speco-Panorama su S. Scolastica e Subiaco 3 RCRLB

Il suggestivo panorama dal Monastero del Sacro Speco su Santa Scolastica e Subiaco. Questa, assieme alla valle di Rieti, è l’altra “valle santa” del Lazio: se a Rieti è il messaggio di San Francesco ad aver lasciato il suo segno, qui a Subiaco e dintorni è stata l’opera infaticabile di San Benedetto e dei suoi monaci ad aver tracciato una delle pagine più gloriose della storia dell’Occidente e della cristianità.

Convento di San Francesco a Sermoneta

Sermoneta-Convento di S. Francesco 1 RCRLB.JPG

Il Convento di San Francesco a Sermoneta, baciato da una luce di primo autunno … Un luogo avvolto dal mistero …

Pictures of Teverina Viterbese: from Viterbo to Orvieto

Some images of Teverina Viterbese, along the way from Viterbo to Orvieto.


Viterbo-Piazza S. Pellegrino 2 RCRLB

Viterbo-Palazzo dei Papi 1 RCRLB

Viterbo-Piazza del Gesù, scorcio con fontana RCRLB

Viterbo-Vicolo con torre 1 RCRLB

Viterbo-Scorcio dalla salita per Piano Scarano RCRLB

Viterbo-Scorcio con torri


Vitorchiano-Veduta 2 RCRLB (2)

Vitorchiano-Fontana a fuso

Vitorchiano-Piazza 1 RCRLB

Vitorchiano-Mura medievali 2 RCRLB

Vitorchiano-Casa con profferlo 1 RCRLB

Vitorchiano-Panorama 7 RCRLB

Vitorchiano-Veduta 3 RCRLB

Vitorchiano-Moai 1 RCRLB

Vitorchiano-Centro Moutan 2 RCRLB

Centro Moutan-Peonie 5 RCRLB

Centro Moutan-Pergolato di glicini RCRLB


Bomarzo-Veduta 6 RCRLB

Bomarzo-Palazzo Orsini, panorama 1 RCRLB

Bomarzo-Casa con loggetta 1 RCRLB

Valle del Fosso Castello-Piramide RCRLB

Bomarzo-Scorcio con rupi RCRLB

Bomarzo-Veduta 6 RCRLB (2)

Valle del Vezza-Paesaggio

Bomarzo-Panorama al tramonto sul Parco dei Mostri RCRLB

Bomarzo-Mte Casoli, insediamento rupestre RCRLB

Castelvecchio di Bomarzo-Veduta 2 RCRLB

Valle del Vezza-Primo Sasso del Predicatore

Teverina-Paesaggio fra Bomarzo e Vitorchiano RCRLB


Mugnano-Veduta con gregge 2 RCRLB

Mugnano-Veduta al tramonto 1 RCRLB

Mugnano in Teverina-Piazzetta RCRLB


Castello di Chia 1 RCRLB

Castello di Chia-Scorcio dal basso RCRLB

Chia-Veduta RCRLB


Bassano in Teverina-Veduta 1 RCRLB

Bassano in Teverina-Scorcio 1 RCRLB

Bassano in Teverina-Campanili RCRLB

Bassano in Teverina-Chiesa della Madonna della Quercia RCRLB

Bassano in Teverina-Scorcio del borgo 1 RCRLB.JPG

Bassano in Teverina-Scorcio di case RCRLB

Bassano in Teverina-Vicolo 1 RCRLB

Bassano in Teverina-Casa 1 RCRLB

Bassano in Teverina-Torre semicircolare RCRLB


Orte-Ponte rinascimentale RCRLB

Orte-Via Garibaldi 2 RCRLB

Orte-Vicolo con bandiere 3 RCRLB

Orte-Vicolo presso S. Biagio b RCRLB

Orte-Corso principale 1 RCRLB

Orte-Chiesa di S. Silvestro, particolare 1 RCRLB

Teverina-Paesaggio fra Orte e Penna 1a RCRLB

Orte-Panorama 5 RCRLB


Teverina-Panorama presso Piantorena con S. Angelo 2 RCRLB

Teverina-Pietra dell'Anello RCRLB

Valle dell'Infernaccio-Cascata 1 RCRLB

Teverina-Campagna fra Roccalvecce e Grotte S. Stefano 1 RCRLB


Ferento-Campagna panorama presso le rovine RCRLB

Ferento-Panorama 3 RCRLB

Ferento-Panorama 1 RCRLB

Ferento-Campagna 1 RCRLB

Ferento-Paesaggio 1 5 RCRLB

Ferento-Rudere 1 RCRLB

Ferento-Scorcio 2 RCRLB

Ferento-Teatro romano 2 RCRLB

Ferento-Teatro romano 3 RCRLB


Montecalvello-Ingresso al borgo RCRLB

Montecalvello-Veduta da lontano al tramonto

Montecalvello-Veduta da Vallebona RCRLB


Roccalvecce-Veduta 3 RCRLB

Roccalvecce-Veduta 1 RCRLB

Roccalvecce-Palazzo Costaguti RCRLB

Roccalvecce-Fontana del Lavatoio RCRLB

Roccalvecce-Scorcio 1 RCRLB

Roccalvecce-Panorama 4 RCRLB

Roccalvecce-Veduta da lontano da Celleno RCRLB


Celleno-Convento di S. Giovanni RCRLB

Celleno-Panorama 1 RCRLB

Celleno-Scorcio del borgo RCRLB

Celleno-Salita al borgo 1 RCRLB

Celleno-Paesaggio ai piedi del borgo RCRLB

Teverina-Ciliegi in fiore presso Roccalvecce 3 RCRLB.JPG


Teverina-Paesaggio con lo sfondo di Castel Cellesi RCRLB

Teverina-Panorama in loc. La Fossa (Celleno) verso Castel Cellesi RCRLB

Castel Cellesi-Orologio RCRLB.JPG

Castel Cellesi-Scorcio RCRLB


Graffignano-Castello Baglioni 3 RCRLB

Graffignano-Veduta RCRLB

Teverina-Campagna presso Graffinano 1 RCRLB


Civitella d'Agliano-Vigneto 1 RCRLB

Mti Volsini-Vigneto presso Civitella d'Agliano 2 RCRLB

Civitella d'Agliano-Porta del borgo 1 RCRLB

Civitella d'Agliano-Scorcio di case RCRLB

Civitella d'Agliano-Gatto 3b RCRLB.JPG

Civitella d'Agliano-Lampione e campanile 1 RCRLB.JPG

Civitella d'Agliano-Piazza, scorcio RCRLB

Civitella d'Agliano-Veduta 3 RCRLB

Civitella d'Agliano-Panorama 1 RCRLB

Civitella d'Agliano-Campagna ai piedi del borgo RCRLB

Valle del Tevere-Campagna presso Civitella d'Agliano RCRLB


S. Michele in Teverina-Scorcio 1 RCRLB


Vaiano-Palazzetto RCRLB

Vaiano-Vigneto 2 RCRLB

Vaiano-Vigneto 1 RCRLB

Vaiano-Chiesa della SS Annunziata ARLB

Vaiano-Veduta da lontano 2 RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Paesaggio con lo sfondo di Civitella RCRLB


Civita di Bagnoregio-Veduta 7 RCRLB

Civita di Bagnoregio-Veduta 18 RCRLB

Civita di Bagnoregio-Veduta 10 RCRLB

Civita di Bagnoregio-Porta S. Maria 1 RCRLB

Civita di Bagnoregio-Piazza S. Donato 1 RCRLB

Civita di Bagnoregio-Panorama 6 RCRLB.JPG


Valle dei Calanchi-Paesaggio 6 RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Castello di Seppie da lontano RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Paesaggio del fondovalle 3 RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Scorcio con Cattedrale 5 RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Pianale, panorama verso Civita 1 RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Pianale, pinnacolo 1 RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Cattedrale da lontano 1 RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Paesaggio 1 RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Paesaggio presso Sociano RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Gregge 1 RCRLB


Lubriano-Veduta da Civita 1 RCRLB.JPG

Lubriano-Scorcio sulla Valle dei Calanchi 1 RCRLB

Lubriano-Scorcio 1 RCRLB

Castello di Seppie-Veduta da lontano RCRLB

Castello di Seppie-Veduta 4 RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Castello di S. Caterina, veduta 3 RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Chiesa di S. Caterina RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Campagna con torre del Castello di Seppie RCRLB


Valle dei Calanchi-Paesaggio ai piedi di Sermugnano

Castiglione in Teverina-Strada della Lega, paesaggio 1 RCRLB

Sermugnano-Scorcio fra le vigne RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Paesaggio ai piedi di Sermugnano 2 RCRLB

Castiglione in Teverina-Strada della Lega, vigneto 1 RCRLB

Sermugnano-Campagna ai piedi del borgo 5 RCRLB

Sermugnano-Fontanile RCRLB

Sermugnano-Veduta 1 RCRLB


Valle dei Calanchi-Casale con chiesa presso Case Nuove RCRLB

Castiglione in Teverina-Campagna sulla Strada del Vino

Castiglione in Teverina-Chiesa della Madonna delle Macchie

Castiglione in Teverina-Strada della Lega, cartello RCRLB

Castiglione in Teverina-Strada della Lega, filare di cipressi RCRLB

Castiglione in Teverina-Centro visite RCRLB

Castiglione in Teverina-Museo del Vino RCRLB

Castiglione in Teverina-Vicolo 1 RCRLB

Castiglione in Teverina-Rocca Monaldeschi RCRLB.JPG

Castiglione in Teverina-Vigneto verso Sermugnano 1 RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Paesaggio umbro-laziale da Sermugnano RCRLB

Valle dei Calanchi-Castello presso Sociano 2 RCRLB


Castello di Tordimonte-Torre d'accesso 2 RCRLB

Castello di Tordimonte 6 RCRLB

Castello di Tordimonte-Vivaio 1 RCRLB


Orvieto-Duomo, facciata RCRLB

Orvieto-Facciate e finestre nel centro storico RCRLB

Orvieto-Torre del Moro RCRLB

Orvieto-Scorcio della rupe 1 RCRLB

Orvieto-Chiesa di S. Domenico, facciata 1 RCRLB

Orvieto-Scorcio sui tetti 1 RCRLB.JPG

Orvieto-Abbazia dei SS Severo e Martirio RCRLB

Orvieto-Scorcio 1 RCRLB

Orvieto-Veduta 1 RCRLB

The lost castles of Tuscia

The way starts from Rome and it leads to Tolfa, following a solitary road crossing a breath-taking landscape through the savage Tolfa Mountains filled with medieval and Etruscan remains concealed and submerged by bushes and trees, forgotten by everybody. Here, time seems suspended  and the landscape is crossed by strong horses and long bowed horns cows, browsing the meadows disseminated by numberless stones thus giving movement to and almost immobile scene. While visiting Tolfa, don’t forget to reach the Rocca Frangipane, probably of Longobardian origins, from where you have a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape.

Tolfa-Rocca Frangipane 1 RCRLB

Tolfa-Scorcio sui tetti 1 RCRLB

From Tolfa, two are the possible deviations, both leading to Tuscania, which we’ll meet on the way. The first road takes the tourists to the sea driving along a wonderful landscape through Allumiere, the rural hamlet of Farnesiana and the remains of Cencelle, fortress-town abandoned in the middle of a wide plain and identified by ruined towers, easily visible from far.

Cencelle-Rovine 10 RCRLB

The road enters the Via Aurelia which leads to Tarquinia, rich in medieval monuments and with a Unesco patronage Etruscan necropolis. After a careful visit to this interesting area – a real must  – the tour continues along the Via Tarquiniense, direction Tuscania, crossing green meadows and wheat spaces and reaches the ancient farm of Montebello (on the right), the castles of Ancarano and Pian Fasciano (one in front of the other) dominating river Marta flowing through a savage and sometimes concealed valley. As an alternative, from Tuscania it is possible to reach the Roccaccia di Respampani driving along Via Cassia. The Roccaccia di Respampani is worth a short stop for its interesting structure and landscape (flyfishing addicts may have a try in the attactive –and not so easy – water of Biedano River, flowing deep in the valley, in the “middle of nowhere”…). The alternative trip from Tolfa leads to Canale Monterano and to the deviation to Manziana, on Via Claudia-Braccianese. Very suggestive is the Ghost town of Monterano Vecchia, with the ruins of Ruspoli Palace, that reminds of the pictures of Grand Tour.

Monterano Vecchia-Palazzo Ruspoli, scorcio RCRLB

Monterano Vecchia-Palazzo Ruspoli, panorama 1 RCRLB

Once crossed Oriolo Romano (“ideal hamlet” of XVII century) with its beautiful Altieri Palace the tourist enters the province of Viterbo and reaches Blera after some chilometers. Blera is of Etruscan origins and is rich in remains of Villanova, Etruscan, Roman and Medieval eras. The Regional Marturanum Park is one of the best examples of cohabitation of nature and remains of the ancient times. It belongs to the municipality of Barbarano (another wonderful fortified hamlet really worth a visit). The park offers the nature lovers all the best they desire to spend peaceful days in full contact with the environment. From Blera, the tourist will follow the way to the small village of Civitella Cesi and, short before reaching it, the San Giovenale Castle and its archeological area, delimited by a steep overhanging the Valley of river Vesca.

S. Giovenale-Castello, scorcio 2 RCRLB

From Blera, the Via Cassia takes to Viterbo crossing the interesting area of Castel d’Asso, a medieval hamlet built on an Etruscan previous village with tombs and inscriptions of this ancient people.

Castel d'Asso-Porta e Torre del Rivellino 1 RID

Castel d'Asso-Torre del rivellino 3 RID

From Viterbo, the Via Tuscanese takes to Tuscania but before reaching this town there is small road on the left driving to a red farm. After the farm, there is Castel Cardinale, of private property. This is one of the most interesting stops of this trip. The castle, with many curious local histories, is on the top of a small hill on the bottom of a tufa valley not far from a stream.

Castel Cardinale-Veduta della collina 2 RID

Castel Cardinale-Veduta 2 RID

Tuscania is worth a longer visit with its fortified Rivellino Palace, the wonderful Romanesque churches of Santa Maria Maggiore and San Pietro, the lovely Marta Valley, the Belvedere of Torre di Lavello and much much more.

Tuscania-Panorama dal Belvedere 1 RCRLB

Tuscania-Rivellino, rovine 1 RCRLB

From Tuscania the road takes to Marta and Lake Bolsena. A short distance before Marta, there is Castell’Araldo (built by the Templars) and not far from here, the Castle of Monte Leano, with its broken tower known as Forchetta del Diavolo (Devil’s Fork).

Mti Volsini-Torre di Monte Leano RCRLB

Following the Via Verentana and the road leading to Montalto, it is possible to move toward the sea and visit two other interesting areas, Castellardo – near Canino – and Castelvecchio, not far from Arlena di Castro. It must be noted that these two spots are really very hard to be found and such a trip is only for those who like adventure. Much easier is the way to Lake Volsino (another name by which Lake Bolsena is known). The road runs along the lake and reaches Montefiascone, famous for its wine “Est! Est! Est!”, and dominated by the remains of the Rocca dei Papi, worth a visit not only for its archeological presence but also for the relaxing sight it offers on the whole lake. Once left Montefiascone the trip continues to Bolsena, still running around the lake. Bolsena, famous for the Miracles of Santa Cristina, has a wonderful medieval hamlet – for sure, one of the most beautiful of Latium – and the Rocca dei Monaldeschi (Monaldeschis’ Fortress) now hosting an interesting museum.

Bolsena-Rocca Monaldeschi 2 RCRLB

Bolsena-Scorcio 4 RCRLB

Once visited Bolsena, it is time to go back to Montefiascone (don’t miss the small but very nice Church of San Flaviano) and take the road leading to Celleno and Bagnoregio. At the end of this road, a sign indicates the way to reach Ferento, with its open air theatre (worth a visit). Civita di Bagnoregio – known as “The Dying Town” due to the erosion which is destroying the hamlet – almost suspended on a unique valley – known as “Valle dei Calanchi” which no equal in the world. After the visit to Civita di Bagnoregio – it takes a few hours but should not be missed – the tourist goes back to Lake Bolsena and again to Montefiascone, to Viterbo and to Orte via SP Ortana (SP 151). A few chilometers before the deviation (to the right) for Soriano nel Cimino, there is a road sign indicating Castello di Corviano, with a lovely archeological site, worth a visit (leave the car in the nearby and go by foot). Another road sign (Chia) on the left suggests a visit to the Tower of Chia, the manor where Pier Paolo Pasolini spent his last years.

Castello di Chia 1 RCRLB

From Chia, the visitor should go back toward Soriano and take the highway to Orte, another small town worth a visit. From Orte, the next stops will be Gallese and Civita Castellana (from Orte, look for Orte Scalo – that’s Orte Railways Station). The road enter a major road (Via Flaminia) and a few chilometers from Civita Castellana the remains of Rocca di San Leonardo appear on the right. This almost destroyed Rocca rests in the area called “Borghetto”. Following the direction to Rome (turn to right) the road passes on the back of this castle (also known as “Andosilla Castle”) and takes us to Civita Castellana with its interesting Duomo and Forte Sangallo (both worth a visit). Not far from Civita Castellana, the shape of Monte Soratte (Soratte Mountain) carves the sky on the way to Rome. We are in the area known as Agro Falisco, whose landscape gave Goethe and other famous travellers of the past the clue for their masterpieces. Following the road to Rome, on the right we find the sign to Faleria, with its Castello di Paterno (Paterno Castle) unfortunately almost distinguishable from the brambles covering the structure. Once crossed Faleria, a small sign on the right shows the way to Castello di Foiano (Foiano Castle) where you make take a rest and appreciate the area. Calcata is not far and lays on the top of a rock hill, destroyed by an earthquake in the ancient years and now restored and inhabited – since the ‘70s – by families of artists offering their masterpieces to the thousands of tourists coming from all over the world.

Borghetto-Rocca di S. Leonardo RCRLB

From Calcata, a path crossing river Treja leads to the abandoned Castle of Santa Maria (Santa Maria Castle) of which only a short tower reminds the visitors the existence of some sort of civilisation. The whole Agro Falisco is dotted with remains of towers and castles, very often difficult to be located and found due to the thick vegetation . The most interesting spots are near Nepi and Castel Sant’Elia (Torre di Isola Conversina, Porciano Castle, Castel d’Ischia, Castel Filissano…). From Nepi, reaching the Via Cassia near Settevene is a matter of minutes, thus closing this long itinerary.

Translation by Osvaldo Velo (
Recommended accommodations: 
Tolfa (RM)“Fontana del Papa”
Roccalvecce (VT) “Castello Costaguti”