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The Spectacular Viterbo, Calcata and Sutri Tour

While Rome is one of the world’s most exciting city to visit,  spending a day in the relaxing Roman countryside can be one of the most rewarding experience of your holiday in Italy.

The enjoyable one day Viterbo, Calcata and Sutri Tour  that we offer at Stefano Rome Tours will take you to some of the most picturesque locations in Lazio, and on your journey to these interesting sites you will also see some breathtaking Italian scenery.

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Our personal service means that you will be picked up by our professional English speaking driver at your hotel at 9.00 AM and then you will be returned home, after an exciting day, at around 5.00 PM.

 


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CALCATA

 

Sutri 

 

Our first stop on the tour is one of the best preserved medieval hill towns in the country, the quaint village of Calcata, which lies perched high upon a volcanic rock.

The village is a now a bustling center for artisans and creative intellectuals, and it is hard to believe that the village was condemned in the 1930’s for fear of landslides.

With its cobbled streets, great collection of art galleries, craft shops and ancient relics, this truly is a unique location.

 

SUTRI

 

Sutri - the Ancient Amphetheater

Sutri – the Ancient Amphetheater

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Our next stop is Sutri, about a 30-minute drive north west of Calcata and it’s an Etruscan archaeological site.

This beautiful village has around 5,000 inhabitants and attractions include an Etruscan necropolis, an excavated Roman amphitheatre with dozens of rock-cut tombs, a Mithraeum found in the crypt of the village’s church, the Church of the Madonna del Parto, as well as a Romanesque cathedral, which has seven naves divided by twenty columns, all of a different origin.

The cathedral was built over the ruins of an early Christian basilica and was consecrated by Pope Innocent III in 1207. After visiting the attractions of Sutri, we head north to the ancient city of Viterbo.

 

VITERBO

 

Viterbo, Italy

Viterbo, Italy

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A charming ancient city, Viterbo is also the capital of the provincial area and lies between Lake Bolsena and Lake Vico.

First of all we will luncheon in the city and after settling with a full stomach of tasty Italian food, we will be well prepared for visiting the city’s best sights, including churches, palaces, castles and ruins.

In fact, Viterbo is considered to be one of the best preserved medieval towns of central Italy, and on entering the historic centre, via the ancient gates of the 13 Century city walls, you will be able to see why for yourself.

Places of interest on the route include the Papal Palace, the Cathedral of S. Lorenzo, Piazza del Gesù and the square’s simple but quaint 11th Century church, and the Fontana Grande, to name but just a few.

This is an ideal tour for those who wish to follow a splendid and varied itinerary that lasts a good day!

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Don’t forget: In order to be able to enter any of the churches, you will have to have your shoulders and knees covered, otherwise you will be refused entry! Furthermore, we are glad to inform you that on this tour there are no additional fees for entrance tickets.

Tour Highlights:
Calcata :: Sutri :: Viterbo


Pick up time: approximately 9.00 am
Return time: approximately 5.00 pm


Full tour details can be found at on our website at this link: http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/viterbocalcatasutri/

 

Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog. We look forward to show you beautiful places in Italy!

with love,

The Stefano Rome Tours team

Castles and Lake Tour: Bracciano Lake, Cerveteri

Rome has numerous monuments and attractions to visit, but why not get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day and explore the Lazio countryside?

Whether a day tour from Rome or a shore excursion from Civitavecchia, this unique  Castles and Lake Tour is the perfect way to explore the beautiful and mainly unspoiled region of Lazio.

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On this tour you will visit the formidable Renaissance Bracciano Castle (Castello Orsini-Odesalchi), have an authentic Italian lunch at a restaurant in the charming medieval clifftop hamlet of Ceri,and explore ancient tombs that belong to this ancient mysterious civilization inside the ancient Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri.

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click to watch the “Castles and Lakes” Tour video 

 

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BRACCIANO CASTLE  / CASTELLO ORSINI – ODESCALCHI 

 

Bracciano Castle / Castello Orsini - Odescalchi

Bracciano Castle / Castello Orsini – Odescalchi

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The tour’s first stop is the small town of Bracciano, which is reached via the Roman Via Aurelia road that dates way back to 241 BC.

This quiet town is home to Odescalchi Castle, a well-kept castle that was made famous when Tom Cruise decided to marry his bride (Katie Holmes ) there in 2006.

After the castle we will take a walk around the village where you can do a spot of shopping, sight seeing and enjoy a nice stroll.

 

LAKE BRACCIANO

 

View of Lake Bracciano from Odescalchi Castle

View of Lake Bracciano from Odescalchi Castle

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Next stop will be the actual lake itself. Lake Bracciano is one of Italy’s cleanest and largest lakes, with a circular perimeter of approximately 20 miles, and was originally a volcanic crater. It is a popular location for sunbathing and swimming for those who want to avoid the busy beaches.

 

THE MEDIEVAL BORGO OF CERI

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The Medieval Borgo of Ceri

The Medieval Borgo of Ceri

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After a relaxing stop-off at the lake, we will continue to the small village of Ceri, just outside Cerveteri.

This picturesque village occupies a fortified plateau of tuff and was inhabited by the ancient Etruscans, as well as the Romans. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Romanesque Church of the Madonna di Ceri with its Giotto-inspired frescoes and ‘cosmati’ floors.

 

CERVETERI BANDITACCIA ETRUSCAN NECROPOLIS

 

Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis Tombs, Cerveteri

Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis Tombs, Cerveteri

 

After lunch at one of the excellent value-for-money restaurants, we will head to our final stop, Cerveteri.

This home to the ancient Etruscan tombs, built by a civilization that we know very little about and who occupied parts of Italy even before the Romans.

 

Tomb of Reliefs, Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

Tomb of Reliefs, Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

 

Please remember: To enter churches, you will have to have your shoulders and knees covered, otherwise you will be refused entry!

Castle and LakesTour Highlights:


Orsini – Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano :: Lake Bracciano :: Ceri :: Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

Pick up time: approximately 9.00am

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Full tour details can be found here: http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/castlesandlakes/

Thank you for reading our blog. We look forward to seeing you in Italy

with love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team

 

 

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Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Day Tour

A warm welcome to our Stefano Rome Tours blog.
 
 
Obviously we specialize in tours, mainly of Rome and the nearby regions, and to start off we are going to introduce you to a lesser known tour, namely the one-day Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoreggio Tour. Both these small towns lie to the north of Rome, close to Bolsena Lake.

 

 

 

VIDEO: Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Day Tour from Rome or Civitavecchia
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Orvieto (Umbria)

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Orvieto, Umbria

Orvieto, Umbria

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After picking everyone up, we will take the 2-hour drive to Orvieto. This small city can be found on one of the most dramatic sites in Europe, as it is located on the flat summit of a large hill of volcanic tuff. It also has an elevation of 325 metres, sitting above an almost vertical cliff face.

The centre point of the city is the 14th century Duomo, or cathedral, with its spectacular façade that took more than 300 years to complete.

It was constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV and is also home to the San Brizio Chapel, where you can see some amazing frescoes by Fra Angelico and Signorelli.

After touring the Duomo, you can choose to take the 248 steps to the bottom of St. Patrick’s Well, which was built during Pope Clement VII time, as it was thought that Orvieto’s only military weakness was its lack of self-sufficiency in water. Be aware though, at the bottom of the well there is only water!

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Orvieto, Umbria

Orvieto, Umbria

 

 

About this time it will be lunchtime, and several great restaurants can be found in the city, especially as it is a member of Cittaslow, the slow food movement in Italy, so you can expect to have a truly enjoyable lunch. After lunch there will be time to browse the centre and pop into the ceramic shops, or even do a spot of wine tasting, as this area is also well known for its local white wine production.

 

Civita di Bagnoregio (Lazio)

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Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio

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Civita di Bagnoregio is a tiny hill community that once belonged to the nearby village of Bagnoreggio. Originally founded by the Etruscans, it is now only accessible by a 500-metre uphill footbridge.

The walk is well worth it, but please bear in mind the walk, if you plan to take the tour! There is of course no traffic here, but there is a small selection of delightful shops, some ancient architecture and some amazing views of the surrounding area.

 

Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio

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Pick up time: approximately 8.00 am
Return time: approximately 5.00 pm


Full tour details can be found here:  http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/orvieto-civitabagnoregio/

Thank you very much for reading our blog. We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

Warmest Regards,

The Stefano Rome Tours

 

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