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    ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURISM

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Let’s travel through an itinerary on the hunt for the wonderful archaeological treasures of the territory, starting from ORTE. Orte is a town that vaunts a continuity in life from the end of the Bronze Age (XII century B.C.) to the current century. Many things have been acquired from the inside of the bluff that houses it, during almost 2500 years of uninterrupted life: the water supply network (tunnels, cisterns, wells) and the drainage of the wastewater ducts, the warehouses, the storages, the cellars, the stables, the dovecotes, some dwelling spaces, the artisan workshops (for wool and hemp manufacturing), the wash houses, the fountains, the summer tricliniums, the nurseries and the delight places into private gardens. The totality of this activities is visible today thanks to the complex of Orte Sotterranea, a journey through centuries that starts from the hypogaeum fountain of Piazza della Libertà and winds through hundreds of meters into the heart of the cliff visiting aqueducts, dovecotes and snow wells. A visit not to be missed is deserved to Seripola, the harbour complex that underwent to several archaeological investigations between 1962 and 1993. It is possible to start an amazing archaeological and naturalistic route in BASSANO IN TEVERINA. Leaving the Medieval Hamlet behind and turning right on Via Belvedere, you can admire the beautiful view that overlooks the Tevere valley. Going on in that direction we reach the Fornace, dating back to XIV century and used to cook bricks until 1800. The path goes on to the solitary and mysterious altare di Casole. It is a funeral monument probably dating back to the Etruscan-Roman Age and it has been repurposed through centuries and transformed into a tank. The route ends with the arrival at the Chiesa di Pietra Amara, an Early Christian building that was probably destroyed by an earthquake; its ruins are placed on a small hillock. When we reach BOMARZO instead we discover the beautiful Etruscan Pyramid or “Sasso del Predicatore”, a skilfully decorated cave altar on a tuff rock designated as worship place by the Etruscans of the VII century B.C. The Necropoli Pianmiano deserves a visit; it houses the ruins of a Roman cistern, a polychrome mosaic with dolphin images, lead pipes, brickworks and several kinds of ceramic that range from the end of VI century B.C. to the Medieval Age. The hill also houses the remains of a huge necropolis. Reaching SORIANO NEL CIMINO in the end, we find several archaeological areas among which the Chiesa di San Valentino in Romanesque style, a single aisle building of which only several vestiges remain; the Sito di Corviano, a rock settlement already dating back to the VII century A.D. where it is possible to admire a church, a necropolis with anthropomorphic burials with small loggias and the ruins of a castle: all these buildings are the proof of the place being used continuously for a long time. The catacombs of Sant’Eutizio and the church with necropolis of Santa Cecilia show the precocious diffusion of Christianity in the territory. The catacombs arose around the tomb of martyr Eutizio and they are a small hypogaeum complex of considerable importance while the church of Santa Cecilia that preserves part of its architectural elements, shows with its necropolis a strong vitality of the territory during the Dark Ages.

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