Wandering Through Terni, Italy

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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If you are planning for a perfect holiday in Italy and want to stay somewhere that is off the beaten track but still makes getting to the larger cities a viable option, then consider staying just outside of Tuscany. Villas in Umbria are an excellent option for getting to stay near the heart of it all, and getting to explore places you may not otherwise have considered, such as Terni. Below Perugia, and bordering Lazio and Tuscany, Terni has been populated since 2,000 B.C.

If you want your holiday to have a slight romantic twist, then Terni is a great find so close to Tuscany. Villas in Umbria will make it easy to head into the city, which is called the “city of lovers” due to St. Valentine’s remains being kept in the basilica named after him. In another twist of names, Terni is also considered to be the “Manchester of Italy” due to its rich industrial heritage.

As you head into the city, stop by the Fausto Amphitheatre, which is a Roman amphitheatre dating from 32 B.C. Parts of the amphitheatre have been excavated and it is now used for concerts and events for up to 10,000 people. Wandering through the streets of Terni is one of the simple joys of being in Tuscany. Villas around the area allow you to spend ample time exploring the medieval architecture of Palazzo Mazzancolli and the 16th century Palazzo Spada. In the heart of the city, you will come across the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which is undated but features an atmospheric Romanesque crypt. And before you leave Terni altogether, stop by Todicastle, a UNESCO protected castle estate, right outside the city.

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