In the heart of Italy there is a unique territory, far from common places, all to be discovered, but able to offer cutting-edge tourism services and innovative solutions for original stays. It is a part of Umbria different from the more known and frequented one, which corresponds to the area of Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto.
It is southern Umbria, the one that wedges between Lazio and Tuscany, just 100 km north of Rome. It is perfectly connected with highways and railways; Terni is also very close to the main airports (Fiumicino can be reached by train and by car in less than two hours) you can reach Rome in less than an hour, Florence in about three hours and Naples and the Amalfi Coast in just two and a half hours. Thanks to this good geographical location, Terni as well as its tourism offer is also a perfect base from which to visit the most evocative and important regional and national tourist sites.
It is a territory, from Orvieto to Terni that presents all the salient features of Umbria, starting from the harmony between the natural environment and the historical and architectural heritage. Having not yet suffered the effects of excessive tourist commercialization, it knows how to be authentic and original, thus offering visitors many surprises to be discovered.
A territory that, despite being far from the sea, revolves around the waters:
– those of the rapid Nera river that descends from the highest mountains in the region;
– the silver ones of the Marmore waterfall, the highest in Europe, which so fascinated George Byron;
– the quiet lake of Piediluco where the snows of the Terminillo are mirrored in winter, whose structure resembles an alpine lake with the charm of the place;
– those of the Tiber, which spread out in the lake of Corbara, overgrown with some exciting naturalistic connotations, and in the lake-oasis of Alviano with its exclusive characterization of an interesting naturalistic oasis.
It is the element of water, with the three lakes and the two main rivers therefore to characterize the green landscape of this territory and its culture, creating valleys full of charm, traditions and legends, such as Valnerina. From the shores of these lakes can begin a fascinating journey to discover the riches of the Umbria Region, a continuous encounter between nature and environment, art and culture, but above all the rediscovery of the pleasure of everyday life.
The rivers themselves, in particular the Tiber, have also marked the boundaries since the most remote antiquity; in the first place the boundaries between Umbrians and Etruscans. These two ancient civilizations have left their most significant evidence in southern Umbria: the majesty of the Cathedral of Orvieto that suddenly appears from the corner of an alley in the historic center of the Etruscan city, the mysticism of the San Pietro in Valle Abbey (of century), immersed in the green of Valnerina, the Cyclopean walls of Amelia, the suggestion of the analogies between the fantasy of the world of Narnia by Walt Disney and the reality of Narni, the unpredictability of the fantastic city of Scarzuola di Montegabbione, the uniqueness of San Valentino as the patron saint of the city of Terni, or the 20-hectare extension of the archaeological site of the Roman city of Carsulae, a large open-air museum, a few kilometers from Terni.
All this is a rich proposal of rarity that are able to amaze and satisfy the interest of the tourist both for their intrinsic value but also for the setting and the context in which they are located. The waters have also created work and factories since the seventeenth century. This is why today the Terni basin, home of the oldest Italian steel mills, can be considered one of the European capitals of industrial archeology. But the most welcome surprise that always comes from the waters and the territory of southern Umbria is the possibility to practice many sports in direct contact with nature: from free climbing to rafting, from canoeing to canyoning, from mountain biking to trekking, from caving to rowing, the Valnerina, near the Cascata delle Marmore and Lake Piediluco, is an exclusive location in the panorama national.
A series of tourist proposals on the theme of “active holidays”, combine the practice of nature sports with visits to the villages and cities of art, to stays in charming period structures and to the possibility of tasting local, simple gastronomic specialties. and tasty enriched with fine dop oils, truffles, and wines of great quality. All enriched by a warm and genuine hospitality, the result of a daily life still on a human scale. Other tourist proposals offer other significant excellences present in the territory: from those focused on the vast archaeological heritage, to the itineraries of art cities such as Orvieto and Narni, or to the routes between villages, hermitages and castles that characterize the territory.
The roar of waters! – from the headlong height
Velino cleaves the wave-worn precipice;
The fall of waters! rapid as the light
The flashing mass foams shaking the abyss;
The Hell of Waters! where they howl and hiss,
And boil in endless torture; while the sweat
Of their great agony, wrung out from this
Their Phlegethon, curls round the rocks of jet
And mounts in spray the skies, and thence again
Returns in an unceasing shower, which round,
With its unemptied cloud of gentle rain,
Is an eternal April to the ground,
Making it all one emerald: – how profound