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MonteCasciano Capranica

ACTIVITIES AND SURRONDINGS



The Tuscia zone offers an incredible number of places to visit and things to do. Nature, sport, history, arts, events, and festivals: the list is really long and it's impossible to get bored

It's really easy to organize day trips to the wonderful towns of central Italy, walks and excursions in one of the uncontaminated parks of the Tuscia, discover the traditions and the culture of this zone.

For Nature Lovers

The lakes

Northern Latium is home to 4 crater lakes: Lake Vico, Lake Bolsena, Lake Bracciano, and Lake Martignano. All these lakes are uncontaminated and surrounded by greens. It is possible to do water sports such as sailing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, or simply to relax on the wonderful beaches of these lakes.

Lake Vico: surrounded by Cimini Hills, this lake is part of a Natural Park. It is possible to do hiking, trekking, horse riding and bird watching in the park, as well as water sports

Bolsena Lake: crater lake surrounded by sandy beaches, which make it ideal for bathing. The three villages on the shores of the lake, Marta, Capodimonte and Bolsena are full of restaurants and bars during the summer. The two islands in the lake (Martana and Bisentina) are reachable by boat. It is also possible to do water sports and sailing.

Bracciano Lake: the eight biggest lake in Italy by extension, it is located inside a Natural Pak. On the shores of this lake, Bracciano Trevignano and Anguillara are three colorful towns, full of restaurants and bars. It is possible to do water sports and sailng.

Lake Martignano: small lake in a Natural park. There are no villages and no streets around this lake: this makes Lake Martignano unique for the pureness of its water. Ideal location for trekking lovers and kayaking lovers

Seaside

For Sea lovers, some of the most beautiful beaches of Latium and Tuscany are not far from the complex I Noccioli di MonteCasciano. Among these, Monte Argentario, Ansedonia, Capalbio, Pescia Fiorentina (Tuscany), Pescia Romana, Montalto di Castro, Tarquinia, Civitavecchia e Santa Marinella (Latium) are all within reach.

Sports, Outdoor Activities and Excursions

Thanks to the unique location of our complex, it is really easy to arrange outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, horse riding, and mountain biking, trekking and motor racing.

Golf:
Golf Club Nazionale in Sutri (5 minutes)
Olgiata Golf Club in Rome (40 minutes)

Tennis:
Centro Sportivo Colle Diana in Sutri (5 minutes)
Tennis Club Viterbo in Viterbo (30 minutes)
Tennis Professional Team in Viterbo (30 minutes)

Horse Riding:
Associazione Ippica Sant'Elia in Capranica
Lake Vico Natural Park (10 minutes)
Riding School in San Martino al Cimino (20 minutes)

Trekking:
Lake Vico Natural Park (10 minutes)
Bracciano and Martignano Natural Park (20 minutes)
Bosco di Manziana (Manziana Wood) (15 minutes)

Motor racing:
Circuito Internazionale Viterbo (30 minutes)
Vallelunga Autodrome (20 minutes)

Arts & Architecture

Viterbo and its surroundings are home to archeological sites, museums and old palaces.
The Etruscan archeological sites – such as the Necropoli in Tarquinia or Vulci – the medieval quarter of San Pellegrino in Viterbo, the medieval hamlets of Sutri and Capranica, the Mannerist garden of Villa Lante in Bagnaia, the Sacred Grove of Bomarzo better known as Park of the Monsters are just some of the unique places to visit. Don't forget that Rome is only 45km far and it is easily reachable by car, bus, or train.

Viterbo

Viterbo is also known as the "Papal City" because it used to host the papacy in the XIII century. The historic centre of Viterbo is surrounded by medieval walls, still intact. Not far from the centre, thermal baths and archeological sites. To visit: Palazzo Papale (Papal Palace), Museo Civico (City Musesum), Cathedral of St. Lorenzo, Sanctuary of Santa Rosa, San Pellegrino medieval quarter.
Outside Viterbo, the Etruscan Necropoli of Castel d'Asso and the old roman city of Ferento, home to a unique amphitheater.

San Martino al Cimino, a few miles south from Viterbo, is home to a XIII century abbey built by the Cistercian Order and to the Pamphilij Palace built in the XVIII century.
In Bagnaia you can visit Villa Lante Garden, a Mannerist garden attributed to Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola. The gardens feature cascades to fountains and dripping grottoes.

Capranica

The medieval centre of Capranica sits atop a tuff rock between deeply eroded valleys. The landscape of the area is volcanic – hills interspersed with wooded gorges, deeply embedded rivers, and hot springs. The old city centre is characterized by narrow, winding streets, small squares and well preserved churches and is guarded by precipitous drops and defense walls.
Among the most important sights, Church of Santa Maria designed by the architect Renzo Vespignani in 1866, Church of San Francesco (XIII-XVI century) home to a fresco attributed to Michelangelo, the church of the Madonna del Piano whose façade is attributed to the architect Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola.

Sutri

Sutri is located just 5km from Capranica. It is a medieval hamlet, whose origins date back to the Bronze Age. Among the sights in Sutri, the medieval center, extremely well preserved, the roman amphitheatre, excavated in the tuff rock, and the Mithreum incorporated in the crypts of the church of Madonna del Parto

Caprarola

Caprarola is a small town not far from Capranica. It is home to Villa Farnese, one of the most important Renaissance and Mannerist constructions in Italy. The Villa, designed by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola of behalf of the Farnese family, is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture.

Bomarzo

Bomarzo is home to the Sacred Grove, also known as Park of the Monsters. This is a unique Mannerist monumental complex designed in the XVI century by the architect Pirro Logorio on behalf of the Prince Pier Francesco Orsini, populated by sculptures and small buildings among the natural vegetation.

Bracciano

Bracciano is famous for is crater lake, the natural landscapes, the historic centre and the Castello Orsini Odescalchi (Orsini Odelscalchi Castle), a medieval castle on the southern shore of Lake Bracciano, build in the XV century. The castle can be visited and it also houses a museum with valuable artworks from the middle ages consisting of ancient weapons, ancient furniture and paintings. In the museum are also hosted artworks from Antoniazzo Romano, Zuccari brothers and Bernini, as well as Etruscan archeological finds. From the towers of the castle, it is possible to admire a breathtaking view of the Bracciano Lake

Trevignano

Trevignano is a colourful town on the shores of Lake Bracciano, which has been recently awarded by Touring Club Italiano for its hospitality. Among the most important sights, the remains of a castle dating back to the XIII century and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. It is also possible to practice water sports in Trevignano.

Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio, known as the "town that is dying" is unique for its position atop a plateau of volcanic tuff overlooking the Tiber river valley. Civita owes much of its unaltered condition to its relative isolation - it can be reached only by crossing a pedestrian bridge – but risks disappearing as the tuff hill where it is located is being eroded.

Tarquinia

Tarquinia, about 50 minutes far from I Noccioli di MonteCasciano, used to be one of the most important Etruscan cities. Tarquinia is known chiefly for its outstanding and unique Etruscan tombs. The Etruscan Necropolis has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The main Necropolis of Tarquinia is the Montarozzi Necropolis with some 6000 tombs built between VI and II century BC, 200 of which include beautiful wall paintings. Famous tombs include Tomba del Cacciatore (Tomb of the Hunter), Tomba dei Giocolieri (Tomb of the Jugglers), Tomba della Pulcella, Tomba Cardarelli, Tomba della Fustigazione (Tomb of the Caning), Tomba del Fiore di Loto (Tomb of the Lotus Flower), Tomba delle Leonesse (Tomb of the Lioness), Tomba dei Gorgoneion, Toma della Caccia e Pesca (Tomb of Hunting and Fishing)

Tuscania

Tuscania, 40 minutes from I Noccioli di MonteCasciano, is one of the most flourishing tourist centres of the Tuscia. Among the sights, the medieval centre, the medieval walls and the archeological museum which houses Etruscan findings coming from the near necropolis of Madonna dell'Olivo and Pian di Mola.

Vulci Archeological Park

There are three different itineraries that pass through the Vulci Archeological Park. The uniqueness of the park derives from the integration between the countryside crossed by the river Fiora which cuts its way between volcanic rocks and the notable archeological remains such as the Etruscan and Roman city of Vulci, and the necropolis. The museum of Vulci in the "Badia Castle" houses Etruscan and Roman archeological findings.

 

Events and Festivals in the Tuscia

The Tuscia offers an incredible number of festivals and events throughout the year. Among the others:

  • San Pellegrino in Fiore (Town Festival in Viterbo with flower exhibitions in the city centre) – Viterbo, Historic centre, April/May
  • Pugnaloni (Religious Celebration with flower exhbitions) – Acquapendente, 3rd Sunday of May
  • Corpus Domini (Religious Celebration) – Bolsena, June
  • Caffeina Cultura (Book Festival) – Viterbo, June
  • Tuscia Opera Festival – July/August
  • Umbria Jazz (Jazz Music Festival) – Orvieto, July
  • Festa di San Terenziano (Patron Saint's Festival) – Capranica, first week of September
  • Festa di Santa Dolcissima (Patron Saint's Festival) – Sutri, second week of September
  • Santa Rosa (Patron Saint's Festival where 100 men called porters of Santa Rosa hoist a 30 metre high tower and carry it through the medieval streets of Viterbo) – Viterbo 3rd September


There are also plenty of food festivals in the Tuscia. Among the others:

Feste del Vino della Tuscia (Tuscia Wine Festival) - Civitella d'Agliano, Gradoli, Montefiascone, Castiglione in Teverina, Vignanello, end of July/mid August
Sagra della Castagna (Chestnut Festival) - Canepina, Caprarola, Carbognano, Latera, San Martino al Cimino, Soriano nel Cimino, Vallerano, October/November

Finally, the Tuscia zone is rich in natural parks, amusement parks and thermal baths.

Thermal Baths

Terme delle Masse di San Sisto - Viterbo (20 minutes)
Terme dei Papi SPA - Viterbo (30 minutes)
Terme Salus Pianeta Benessere - Viterbo (30 minutes)
Terme di Stigliano - Canale Monterano (40 minutes)
Terme di Saturnia SPA - Manciano (90 minutes)

Aquatic Parks

Aquafelix - Civitavecchia (1 hour)

Natural Parks

Natural Park Lake Vico - Ronciglione (10 minutes)
Natural Park Marturanum - Barbarano Romano (15 minutes)
Natural Park of Bracciano and Martignano (20 minutes)
Natural Park Valle del Treja - Mazzano Romano/Calcata (30 minutes)

Amusement Parks

Cinecittà World - Castel Romano ( 60 minutes)
Rainbow MagicLand – Valmontone (75 minutes)


Lose yourself in the hearth of Tuscia