VILLAGES, TOWNS & NATURE
Orvieto is located between Florence and Rome, its large territory, bordering lower Tuscany and upper Lazio regions, offers the visitor interesting proposals and places to see. Typical villages and natural parks are scattered in an area that is easily accessible from the city center. Less than an hour’s drive, in fact, there are some of the most interesting places and areas in all central Italy.
A few kilometers from Orvieto, on the border with Lazio region, in the territory of the Tuscia there are two of the most beautiful villages in Italy: Civita di Bagnoregio and Torre Alfina: two small villages with a fairytale appearance that enchant the visitor. Also in Lazio, Bolsena with its wonderful bathing lake is 20 km away. This town overlooking the water has historically had a strong bond with Orvieto, being the place where the Eucharistic Miracle took place and whose precious relic of the Corporal the Cathedral of Orvieto was made guardian. Finally, less than an hour from Orvieto, there is Bomarzo with its picturesque “Monsters park”, a green area where there are large stone sculptures representing mythological characters and animal figures.
landscapes, natural spas and good food
Less than an hour from Orvieto on the west side, you reach the border with lower Tuscany: a particularly suggestive area from a landscape point of view and which is home to places of great interest. The “tuff cities”, Sorano, Sovana and Pitigliano with the fascinating “vie Cave” are easily reachable. Equally interesting spas such as San Casciano dei Bagni, Bagno Vignoni, Chianciano and Saturnia with its famous Gorello waterfalls. Lovers of good food, on the other hand, will find in the Val d’Orcia and in the territory of Montalcino and the Crete Senesi ideal places for a day trip.
tradition, nature and mysticism
A green and typically hilly area surrounds Orvieto. Vineyards, olive groves and large protected wooded areas represent a natural scenario that is still unspoiled for many aspects. Ideal places for those who prefer contact with nature. Among the most representative green areas to see is Monte Peglia: a vast protected area declared a “Mab Unesco Reserve” scattered with small characteristic villages and numerous hiking trails. This park overlooks Lake Corbara, which in turn is part of the Tiber River Park: a large area that divides Orvieto from another Umbrian city of art, Todi.
Finally, on the north-west side is the protected area of the Selva di Meana. Finally, do not miss a visit to the towns around Orvieto such as: Baschi, Allerona and Montegabbione with the nearby convent of Scarzuola and the wonderful “Città Buzziana”.
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