Before it becomes the great river of Rome further south, the Tiber runs through Umbria giving life to an important River Park in the area of Todi and OrvietoFor thousands of years, the Tiber has determined the course of history and borne witness to many civilizations, starting with the Umbrians and the Etruscans, and was the main conduit which permitted the Romanisation of the region. Later on, in the Middle Ages, the area was dotted with castles, fortified villages and historical centres many of which have remained virtually intact to this day.
The Tiber River Park - The Tiber River Park
The Tiber River Park
This is why the Park area is home to the remnants of various historical periods.
Treat yourselves to a tour following the Tiber River: breathe the clean air and enjoy nature as you also visit some remarkable villages like Civitella del Lago, a town that has retained all the charm of a fortified medieval village with a compact urban layout.
You'll reach one of several panoramic view points and get a chance to see the most beautiful part of the Park: Corbara Lake, an artificial body of water created by a 641 m long dam built in the 1960s to contain the waters of the Tiber.
The fascinating and superb Forello Gorge, with rocky walls more than 200 m high and a mantle of dense vegetation, rises not far from Civitella del Lago.
It is a place of essentially unaltered nature, in the heart of the Tiber River Park.
The complexity of the landscape systems, which combine different natural environments and agricultural areas, areas of refuge for wildlife and historical sites, is the real wealth of these places that boast an incredible heritage of vegetation and wildlife.
The Alviano Oasis is also of great importance. It is an artificial swampland that provides a rich ecosystem for birds and has become a paradise for birdwatchers.
The Tiber River Park offers plenty of opportunities to practice sports of all sorts. If you are a caving enthusiast you must descend into the Piana Caves, which you can access once you've reached Titignano. You'll be hungry after your underground excursion, so we suggest you sample some Sandra in Porchetta: an oven-roasted perch, or Sandra, as the locals call it.