Hidden gem Tuscania (sic.)

Desperate to escape the hum of epic Rome, and recuperate a little after days of solid walking around touirst attractions, we used our online databases of site to find something about an hours or so drive out of Rome….

Really both of us now crave a little of Italy without the tourists, Who wouldn’t !

With site reviews not promising much more than a peaceful afternoon and a nice nights sleep we thought ok, that fits the bill.

The Sosta we had indentifid was about 250 meters out of the city walls and offered Free parking, water, waste and sparks.

Tuscania, Italy -Sosta
But what we found was the total opposite, About an hour and a half north of Rome, 20km south of the Tuscan border.

Tuscania is a 2500 year old town in a quiet corner of Lazio.

And no, it’s not in Tuscany.

Maze of tiny streets to get lost in , Tuscania, Italy
This corner of Lazio is largely overlooked by the hordes that ‘hit’ all the ‘must-sees’ of Rome before dashing over to Tuscany to see the ‘top sites’ of Tuscany.

But Yet it is as rich in attractions and sights as anywhere else in Italy.

  • Roman ruins? Check.
  • A ruined castle on a hill? Check.
  • Medieval churches? Check.
  • A walled Centro Storico? Check.
  • A Free Sosta ? Double check.

Almost always confused with the region of Tuscany most people think somebody made a typo when they see the name ‘Tuscania’.

Cool service door, Tuscania, Italy
This works to our advantage. Mostly overlooked the town of Tuscania offers a little slice of Italy with all you could ask for…….

Ahh a tunnel, Tuscania, Italy
Having spent some time here, I can’t see why its been UNESCO’D to death and protected, but no thus is just an everyday Italian city.

All around the area you find places where the  Etruscans buried their dead in tombs carved out of the rock.

These tombs contained large sarcophagi, often with beautifully carved stone lids showing the deceased.

Somehow not in a museum
Most places these would be musem pieces but the reality is that they have found so many of these that they didn’t quite know what to do with them. So, in an stroke of genies they decided to simply spread them around town.

The town itself is just an epic maze of tiny little cobbled streets, and if you don’t manage to keep an eye on where you are it’s easy to get lost, but what a place to be lost and just wondering around …

Another cute house, Tuscania, Italy
Tuscania is situated in the middle of a national park, which ensures that the town is surrounded by green fields. To make the most of it, we headed off to the Torre di Lavello park, next to the tower and join local teenagers being very European and just enjoying themselves while taking in one of the best views in Italy.

Wow best view in Italy ! A
Stopping off on the main square with the sun beating down on us enough that we’ve forgotten it’s already the middle of October we enjoyed a Picnic with a fabulous view….

The perfect restbite to the hectic time in Rome!

Paul.

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