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Itineraries in the River Tiber Natural Park

Some suggestions for a visit to the River Tiber Natural Park: discover this area which extends to the shores of Lake Alviano.

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Ever felt the need to take a break from daily life and go seek your true selves? What you need in these cases is an oasis of silence and nature where you can recharge your batteries and find the energy you need. Sometimes all it takes is a day outside, following a path enshrined in pristine greenery.

This is why we recommend a visit to the River Tiber Natural Park, an area extending from Montemolino, near Todi, to the shores of Lake Alviano.

Along these 50 kilometres you will find an amazing landscape with breath-taking scenery which has always been the haunt of wild boars, fallow, roe deer, not to mention kingfishers, hawks, and herons.

But alongside the animals and olive groves, you will also find all the beauty of our culture and history – one need only think of the remains of ancient buildings and artworks, such as the ceramics and artefacts found in the area.

We begin our itinerary at the Alviano reservoir, an artificial lake which today is inhabited by molluscs and fish that have an ideal habitat here. This area is also essential for the migratory rest and nesting of numerous bird species. 

Leaving behind this WWF-administered haven, we head towards Scoppieto, a fraction of the comune of Baschi, where a Roman-age workshop has been discovered. Without doubt, the commercially advantageous position of the area was key in developing its fortune. The artefacts that were produced here were loaded onto ships in the harbour of Ostia and then transported to Africa.

Sticking to archaeology, let us head for the comune of Montecchio, where, in the 1980s, an Etruscan necropolis dating from between the 6th and the 4th century BC was uncovered by researchers. The necropolis counts nearly 3000 tombs, and most of its findings are today held in the Tenaglie Antiquarium.

One particular trait of this area that is worth mentioning to those who choose to explore it is the presence of the caves of Roccaccia di Titignano. These gorges are known throughout Italy and constitute an important site of research on the Neolithic age. Inside, the structure of the caves is largely labyrinthine. Worth mentioning is the Sala dei Vortici (Hall of the Whirlpools), home of a large bat population.

Similar, but equally deserving of a visit, are the Vergozzo gorge, located near Civitella del Lago in the middle of a chestnut grove, and Fosso di Callarano and the Buche del Vento, known for the air currents they emit because of the subterranean air movements within.