Central Central Italy Cities and Towns

Civita di Bagnoregio the town that dies

Civita di Bagnoregio, otherwise known as the city that dies because it rises on a tuff column in an area characterized by this peculiarity where the sides of the mountains give way to erosion by time.
Due to the characteristic shape of the hill, absolutely unreachable, over 2000 years ago, Civita di Bagnoregio was built by the Etruscans.
The peculiarity of the hill is the reason for the success of this small village which only in the 1960s, of the last century, was connected to the road by the current pedestrian bridge, which access to the only city gate on the sides of which two lions stand. clutching the heads of two men in their claws. These sculptures recall the victories of the city against the tyrants. Crossing the door you arrive to Piazza San Donato, elegant square, where we find the church with the bell tower that looks like the tower of a castle, the museum where the earthly vibrations are studied and all around the elegant noble palaces
Civita di Bagnoregio has become so famous that it inspired Japanese comics. We arrive from Orvieto or Viterbo through a splendid uncontaminated landscape.
So other than a dying city, Civita di Bagnoregio is a very lively and beautiful city to visit absolutely.

Central Grand Tour

Rome: 4 stage of Grand Tour

Arriving in Rome I suggest you Museo Nazionale Romano a Palazzo Massimo  (whose ticket allows the visit of 3 other sites) in largo di Villa Peretti 67, just in front Termini Station on the left side with beautiful Roman frescoes and a pair of Roman villas (just ask at the reception for the free, obbligatory guided tour), e finest collection of Italian and Vatican coins in Italy. Be aware there is another museum in front of Termini much less interesting on the right- With the same ticket you can visit the Balbi Crypt near Piazza Argentina, the museum Altemps (former residence of Cleopatra) near Piazza Navona.
Continue on to Via Nazionale to the Forum through the Quirinale, the Vittoriano, Trajan markets and the Imperial forum. There do not miss the charming hall of the Senate ( ask at the entry you want to visit the “CURIA”) of Rome, where Ceasar has beek Killed by Brutus!
If you visit the Colosseum, take the ticket at the Forum,( same ticket) . With the hole ticket you will skip the long line at the Colosseum as a VIP.
From there I suggest you to get a taxi to  go for about 7€  to eat at the restaurant of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in via Nazionale 194, the Open Colonna where people of Rome goes, really very nice, good and cheap! 18€, all you can eat (at lunch)
Near Piazza Venezia! Very good (15€ + 3 € the coffee a very rich buffet in Scuderie del Quirinale – only for the visitors of the exibition this last. In both you can eat as much you like.

Return to your steps to pass in front of the Vittoriano, to go to the Pantheon, from here to Piazza Navona passing through San Luigi de ‘Francesi (2 paintings of Caravaggio inside) and then start in Trastevere.

Or from the Pantheon continue along Via del Corso to the Gallery in front of the Parliament Square, cross the gallery and, on the opposite side, go up to Piazza di Trevi where Michelangelo’s well-known fountain awaits you and from there go to the Pasta Museum in the adjacent street .

Hotel Locarno, via della Penna, behind Piazza del Popolo small hotel de charme.
My favorite site to book your hotel in Rome:

Central Cities and Towns

A day in Orvieto

Not far from Rome at about one hour driving on A1 toward Firenze  is Orvieto; the small town would be pleasurable to live in for those in their twilight years:

The cathedral is stupendous (1300-1500 aC).  The walls alternating black and white, good and evil, according to Arab tradition imported from the ports of neighboring Tuscany

The Well  of San Patrizio ( Saint Patrick) an emotion for adults and children: Orvieto stands on a platform to peak between 20 and 50 meters; for this there was a water problem; It needed to reach the deep waters left by prehistoric seas. The first were the Etruscans with tunnels 70 cm wide and as tall as a man who ended up in small tanks each one for every home. But the Architectural masterpiece is the well of St. Patrick built between 1527 and 1557 and commissioned by Pope Farnese to Antonio Sangallo the Young; an engineering marvel.  It can be reached on foot with a double helical ramp with steps wide and with a slight slope where the beasts of burden could walk; there are 72 large windows to flood the well of light, a bridge across the pit that bring to the other ramp.

Some years ago  they opened the “underground town” entrance not far from the Cathedral: 1200 through caves, tunnels, wells and cisterns Etruscans. In one of these wells have opened a restaurant: The restaurant Sciarpa (Via della Cava 28, phone 0763 342 373).

Tourist office in Piazza Duomo 24, times 11 to 12.15, 16 to 17.15 entrance € 5.5.

To  visit Orvieto you could leave the car to the funicular and take the ticket (€ 20 for the adults and 17€ for students and over 65 years  old) which gives you the right to the parking, the funicular, all visits ( Duomo, Cappella di San Brizio, Museo MODO, Museo Faina, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Necropoli di Crocefisso del Tufo, Pozzo di San Patrizio, Torre del Moro, Pozzo della Cava, Orvieto Underground). and last but not least the shuttle service within the visit.

tel. 0763 302378

Central Journey

A look on Tuscany

Tuscany is certainly among the best known and most popular Italian regions; for the rolling hills with harmonious lines of cypresses that lead to elegant country houses, as in Val d’Orcia Umanity heritage, for the wonderful natural SPA,  for  the wines like the famous Brunello di Montalcino, the Chianti, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano,  to the inexhaustible treasures of medieval and Renaissance, above all, but also dating back to the Etruscan era,  scattered throughout all territory … Little by little,  we will explore this region, starting with its local capital: Florence, rich in art, whose extraordinary beauty has produced in some of the travelers of eighteenth century a psychosomatic syndrome known as “Stendhal syndrome”.