Nature lovers 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 explore the nature trails around 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 was built to connect Rome with the northern part of the Italian peninsula, up to Rimini.
Our journey starts from Otricoli, a town with many important archaeological finds. This site, thanks to the excellent condition of the finds and to their abundance, attracts tourists and school trips which are sometimes engaged in archaeological workshops.
Ocriculum, as the town was known in the past, also includes a Roman cistern, wher there is now 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 enliven your visit with a boat tour on the river Tiber, or by trekking on the nearby hill, passing medieval towns and shrines.
We continue to Narni, the town crossed by the Bridge of Augustus. This bridge was constructed over the river Nera by order of the famous emperor in the year 27 BC. After passing Sangemini and 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 is Brevagna, a real gem of a town which also provided the setting for Zeffirelli's 1972 film "Brother Sun, Sister Moon". The amphitheatre, the bathhouse adorned with rich mosaics, the bridges and their imposing structures render the town truly evocative.
We 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.