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2019 SEPTEMBER 20 to 21 ITALY, Vitrochiano and surrounds

Exploring the unknown places.

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FRIDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 91

Lyn feeling better today so we headed out to explore the area a little. First stop was the MEDIEVIL village of VITORCHIANO, where we are staying just outside of.

Vitrochiano is a small town about 95km north of Rome, near the local provincial capital of Viterbo. It is built above an Etruscan settlement and like other such sites in the region, it clings to a peperino rock bluff perched above two deep gorges, an impregnable position. The town is surrounded by 13th-century walls and the beautifully preserved historical center can be accessed from the main gate, Porta Romana. Several panoramic viewpoints look over the gorges below.

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View of village from across the valley.

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Next stop was the ruined village of CELLANO, where we had an ice cream.

Celleno is located in the eastern part of the Tuscia area of Viterbo and is set in the countryside dotted with cherry trees. The old hamlet is by now uninhabited and it is located on the top of the hill, a little far from the new Celleno. The old hamlet consists mainly of small red tuff houses, without plaster, for the most part in ruins, because they were abandoned after the disastrous earthquakes that caused great damage to the village. Some finds testify the presence of the first settlements dating back to the 13th century B.C., but probably the area was already inhabited in the Neolitic age as it is proved by the finding of stone weapons dating back to that period. Celleno is located in a strategic position and being on the road for Viterbo , it was invaded by the Romans that seized it in 264 B.C. throwing the Etruscans out. Later it was attacked and sacked by the Goths, the Longobards and the Byzantines.

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Quick stop for lunch with a view.

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Our third stop was LUBRIANO which offered amazing views over the valley where Civita di Bagnoregio stands.

Lubriano overlooks the Valle dei Calanchi, the deep jagged ochre clay gullies that make this part of Tuscia so characteristic, just in front of Civita di Bagnoregio, a little more than 100 km from Rome.

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Civita di Bagnoregio

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We returned home after stopping at a supermarket for supplies. Enough for today, Lyn had done very well up and about.
I cooked pasta with pesto and pork.

SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 92

Another day out exploring. Today we went for a drive around Lake Bolsena.

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We stopped and visited 3 villages/towns. MARTA CAPODIMONTE BOLSENA

Lake Bolsena is sometimes called Italy’s belly button from its shape and location in the middle of the peninsula. It is located about 100 km north of Rome and is surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of Northern Lazio. Lake Bolsena is the largest lake in the region of northern Lazio, but it is the largest volcanic lake in all of Europe. It was formed about 370,000 years ago, when the multiple volcanoes of the region spewed forth so much that the underlying rock in the area of the lake, the caldera, collapsed into a deep bowl. This bowl was gradually filled by rain water and underwater sources. The volcanoes continued underwater, forming the two islands in the middle of the lake, L’Isola Bisentina and L’Isola Martana. The lake covers an area of 115 sq km (44 sq miles) and has a circumference of 43km or 28 miles. It is a deep lake as well, reaching a maximum depth of 151 meters or 500 feet. Unlike most lakes, Lake Bolsena displays tidelike movements, called “sessa” with the difference between low and high tides being as much as 50cm or 20 inches.

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Marta.

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Capodimonte

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Always time to stop for gelato.

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Bolsena

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Picnic lunch by the lake, then I went in for a refreshing swim.

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Another big day out exploring the area. It's so nice here, no big well know cities or destinations, it's like discovering unknow Italy.

Posted by Cindy Bruin 11:32 Archived in Italy Tagged lake marta bolsena vitrochiano celleno lubriano capodimonte Comments (0)

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