Orvieto-Bolsena-Bagnoregio Tour

by / Wednesday, 07 March 2012 / Published in Outside Rome, Shore Excursions
Orvieto Panorama

Italy is worldwide famous for its gentle and charming countryside. Soft hills, cute villages on top, colorful farmland and great food.

Lake Bolsena

Lake Bolsena

On this tour I will take you to some of the most beautiful towns of the region crossing the rural area that used to be inhabited by the Etruscans more than 2000 years ago.

Our tour starts from your hotel or from the harbor of Civitavecchia where we drive by the Fortress designed and built by Michelangelo in XVI century.

Then, we head toward Tarquinia where we explore its underground Etruscan tombs, a world heritage site listed by UNESCO.

We continue driving toward Montefiascone, an enchanting village perched over  lake Bolsena, Italy’s largest volcanic lake. Here, we visit the medieval church of San Flaviano, a masterpiece of romanesque architecture.

Next on our itinerary is the town of Bolsena. Located on the shores the homonymous lake, the town is renowned for the Basilica of st. Christine and the Corpus Domini miracle that here took place.

After a fascinating drive through the volcanic hills covered with hazelnut trees, cherries and vineyards we reach Orvieto.

Bagnoregio, the "Dying Town"

Bagnoregio, the "Dying Town"

The town looks like a fortress nested on a giant rock. We reach the top to visit the Cathedral with the St. Brizio Chapel, one of the most popular artwork of the Renaissance that inspired Michelangelo for his Last Judgment.

After a great lunch in a local trattoria in Orvieto we reach Bagnoregio, the “dying town”. The erosion of the surrounding land is the reason for its nickname. It looks like a ghost village surrounded by a life-inspiring nature.

Our tour ends at the hotel or the port of Civitavecchia for a punctual embarkation.