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LThe first stage on our itinerary starts in Terni (City of Steel) where our morning starts with a visit to the Fausto Amphitheatre , an ancient Roman amphitheatre built in 32 BC by Fausto Liberale; the structure, which was originally used as a construction for shows, was abandoned for a long period and then reused as a place for human settlement and for religious purposes with the construction of various buildings such as the Carmine Church and the bishop's palace.
After visiting the amphitheatre, our second stop will be CAOS (Centro Arti Opificio Siri) - www.caos.museum; the museum complex of over 6,000 square metres is the result of the conversion of the old SIRI chemical factory and is now an all-round cultural centre housing the municipal art gallery, the Aurelio De Felice museum of modern and contemporary art, the archaeological museum, laboratories, a theatre with three hundred seats and a cafe-bookstore.Inside the museum you can take the archaeological tour organised in seventeen rooms and two sections, one devoted to pre-Roman history and the other to Roman history.
The local art section also displays the works of Orneore Metelli (1872-1938), a Terni cobbler whose artistic skills were discovered by De Felice (1915-1996) and who is now considered one of the most representative Italian naïve painters.
After visiting CAOS and a break for lunch, we are ready to leave for Carsulae where we will spend the rest of the day.
Located about 10 km from the centre of Terni, the Carsulae Archaeological Park (www.carsulae.it) is divided into two areas: the archaeological site and the U. Ciotti visitor and documentation centre.
The archaeological site contains the remains of an ancient Roman city situated along the Via Flaminia on the border between the territory of Terni and the town of San Gemini; inside, it is possible to visit 12 points of characteristic interest that evoke the history of the city during the Roman Empire period at the height of its splendour.
The places that can be visited are:
The 12th point of interest is the Umberto Ciotti Visitor and Documentation Centre , made possible thanks to the partnership between the City of Terni and the Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage of Umbria; the centre’s inner rooms, divided over two floors, feature permanent exhibits of finds that came to light during excavations conducted between 1951 and 1972.
The second day starts in the morning at around 9.00 to go to Marmore Waterfall (about 6 km from Terni) which opens at 10.00. Before departure, visit the official site www.marmorefalls.it where you will find information on opening/closing times and timetable for the water release (you can ask at reception for more information).
In fact, Marmore Waterfall is an artificial waterfall whose waters (from the Velino River) are conveyed into appropriate channels and used for hydroelectric purposes before leaping down. Given the dual function it is always good to check the times of water release to be sure of seeing the waterfall in its full glory.
Once in Marmore you can reach the waterfall through two different entrances, one at the top (Belvedere Superiore) and one at the bottom (Belvedere Inferiore); if you leave from the Hotel Valentino our advice is to start the tour from the bottom and then move up during the day.
After entering the access area and buying the ticket (which can also be booked at the hotel), you can choose one of 5 paths that will allow you to visit the nature area inside. Each path has a different conformation and level of difficulty and may be suitable for different types of excursions:e:
Starting from Belvedere Inferiore and dedicating an entire day to the excursion, our advice is to start with Path 1 before moving on to the others. During the excursions you can find a whole range of services such as eating places, bar, scenic places, toilets and much more.
At the Waterfall Infopoint
you can also book a range of complementary guided tours not covered by the basic ticket, such as cave visits, botanical tours, guided tours for children and much more.
After visiting Terni, Carsulae and Marmore Waterfall in the first two days, the third day starts from Terni and we take main road 79 as far as Lake Piediluco, our destination, where we will spend a day dedicated to nature and relaxation.
Piediluco is a village in the municipality of Terni, on the border between Umbria and Lazio, with the second largest lake in the region (after Lake Trasimeno), known above all for the importance that nature and sport play. In fact, as well as hosting a thriving fish fauna and many species of plants and shrubs, Lake Piediluco is also a point of reference for those who love rowing, so much so that it was selected by the Italian Rowing Federation as the seat of the National Rowing Centre.
The lake has a surface area of over 1.5 square kilometres, lies at an altitude of 368 metres above sea level and is almost 20 metres deep; at the centre of the lake there is a mountainous island known as Echo Mountain (thanks to its special acoustic effect) which you can reach via a boat tour.
In the afternoon, after visiting the lake and spending a few hours on the green lakeside beach, we suggest you take a walk in the centre of Piediluco where you can admire the picturesque village which becomes very busy during the summer. Once the excursion is over, drive back towards Terni, this time taking the Valnerina main road and stopping when you like in one of the many villages that you will come across along the way to take in a bit of the charm of Umbria.