Exploring Terni, in Umbria


When planning a holiday in the central part of Italy, getting a perfect place can be difficult in Tuscany; villas that are right outside of the Tuscan demarcation, such as those in the area of Umbria, are a perfect alternative for an ideal place to stay. Not only does Umbria offer easy access to all the areas of Tuscany, villas here make it great to explore some of the lesser-visited areas in the region, such as Terni. Terni is the region in the lower part of Umbria. It sits below Perugia and borders Lazio and Tuscany. The province of Terni was only officially recognised in 1927, but has been populated since 2,000 B.C. The rolling hills and beautiful landscape of the province makes it an idyllic place to stay, and the capital city of Terni is somewhere you shouldn’t miss.


Terni is often called the €City of lovers€ due to the fact that Saint Valentine’s remains are kept in the basilica named after him. The city was founded around the 7th century B.C. by the Umbrians, and was taken over in the third century B.C. by the Romans. Heading into Terni from Tuscany, villas can be spotted on the outskirts of the city and make a perfect base for exploring the history and art of the city. Terni was a booming industrial town when the Industrial revolution came about in full-force, and has also been nicknamed €the Manchester of Italy.€ When visiting the city, there is a lot to do and see, including the array of historical buildings and religious structures.

Historical buildings in Terni

It has been argued that the Roman emperor of Tacitus was born in Terni, but there is no definite proof and most of the evidence, though great, is circumstantial. But this doesn’t mean that Terni doesn’t have some of the most interesting historical sights in Tuscany. Villas in Umbria make it a breeze to visit the historical sights in the city such as the Fausto Amphitheatre. This Roman amphitheatre is located in the city park, La Passeggiata, and dates from 32 B.C. Two thirds of this massive amphitheatre have been excavated and today it has space for 10,000 people and is used for concerts and other events. Before you leave the park, look for the remains of the ancient city walls and then head into the heart of the city to see some of the stunning buildings, such as the Medieval architecture of Palazzo Mazzancolli and the mid-16th century Palazzo Spada, the town hall. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, in the centre of the city, was built over some of the most ancient Christian edifices. Though there is no specific date for the cathedral, there have been excavations of a Romanesque crypt and the rebuilding of the church took place after it was badly damaged in 1174.

Outside Terni

On your way back out to the hills of Tuscany, villas you pass will make you want to stop and take photos; but if you do want to stop, then drop into Todicastle, located near Terni. The castle was originally built in 1100 A. D. and later evolved into the massive castle and 45-acre estate it is today. It is part of the castle circuit that is under the auspices of a protective UNESCO organisation. The exterior design is some of the best in Italian architecture and was entrusted to the architects Marcello Confetti, Giorgio Leoni and Vittorio Garatti. Today the castle has been sympathetically restored and is used as a tourist attraction and guesthouse.

About the Author

Giovanni Balboni works for To Tuscany, who specialise in finding the perfect Tuscany villas in Chianti as well as selected villas in Umbria and Puglia. To Tuscany is proud of their villas and their reputation. All our villas in Tuscany properties are personally selected and visited by our representatives to ensure we offer only the best in the region.

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