The Flaminian Ways' most beautiful archaeological sites
Discovering the Tiber Valley: explore the Flaminian Way and admire from close up Umbria's most beautiful archaeological sites
If you're real nature lovers, you'll already know that Umbria holds some spectacular pristine landscapes, ideal for a day or a weekend of wellness and relaxation. You could go to the area around Amelia, or go see the Marmore Waterfall, one of the tallest in Europe. But the region is more than clean air and expanses of greenery: here, you will also find culture, legends, and, crucially, history.
Archaeology fans in particular can go wild over the ancient Flaminian Way itinerary, erected in 220 BC by the Roman consul Caius Flaminius Nepotus. This road, initially, was used to connect Rome with the northern part of the Italian peninsula, up to Rimini.
Our journey starts from Otricoli, a crucial town for its many archaeological findings. This site, thanks to the excellent condition of the findings and to their abundance, draws every year tourists and school trips which are sometimes engaged in archaeological workshops.
Otriculum, as the town was known in the past, also includes a roman cistern on which lies the Casale San Fulgenzo Antiquarium, the area of the forum and of the basilica, a theatre, the bathhouses, and, near Crepafico, even a 7th century BC necropolis.
Still today it is possible to spice up the visit with a boat tour on the river Tiber, or by trekking on the nearby hill, passing by medieval towns and shrines.
We thus continue to Narni, the town crossed by the Bridge of Augusts. This building was constructed over the river Nera by will of the famous emperor in the year 27 BC. After passing by Sangemini and thus the ancient pre-roman settlement of Carsulae, we reach Massa Martana, where we find the catacombs of Villa San Faustino, and the Fonnaia Bridge.
The following stop in is Brevagna, a real gem of a town which also provided the setting for Zeffirelli's film "Brother Sun, Sister Moon". The amphitheatre, the bathhouses adorned with rich mosaics, the bridges and their imposing beams render the town truly evocative.
We thus head towards Perugia and finally arrive in Campello sul Clitunno, located just a few miles from Spoleto, and praised for its water springs by poets such as Virgil and Carducci.