via amerina walking the path
via amerina walking the path

Via Amerina: modern and ancient cities North of Rome

Level
2
Distance
43 km
Duration
5 days | 4 nights
period
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  1. Italy
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  3. Self-Guided
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  5. Tourcode ITSW612

A unique experience in this area rich in ancient history and culture; visit the ancient tophill villages of Civita Castellana, Faleria, Calcata, Nepi and Corchiano. Don't miss a visit to the Ceramics Museum and activities in Calcata, but especially a visit to the unique ancient ruins of Falerii Novi. During these 5 days, nature will be your constant companion: unspoiled forests, rivers and the spectacualar Treja Valley. 

This tour takes you to one of those authentic, undiscovered areas of Italy you won't find in most guides: unique villages and unspoiled green forests, necropolis immersed in the woods and mysterious ruins, Roman bridges, Etruscan roads and natural wonders, make this area one of the first important architectures of Roman expansionism.

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Highlights

  • Reach historical town perched on stony spurs, surrounded by green
  • Discover Borgia palaces
  • Explore the archeological heritage of Civita Castellana, Faleria and Calcata

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Civita Castellana

Arrival in Civita Castellana
Welcome to Civita Castellana! The village, the largest in the Agro Falisco territory, is rich in history and beauty to see and visit.

In ancient times its name was Falerii Veteres and it was the capital of the Faliscan civilization. In the Renaissance it was a papal residence, among the most important pontiffs: Alexander VI Borgia and Julius II della Rovere. Civita Castellana is surrounded by archaeological sites and nature, a few kilometers from the Via Amerina and ancient Faleri Novi. The town is known worldwide for its ceramic production.

After your arrival, in the afternoon, the first activity of the trip awaits you: Visit the Museum of Ceramics.The ceramic production sector has been the main socio-economic fabric of the Civita Castellana community since the 1800s. The museum documents Civitan ceramic activity from the late 1700s to the mature period of industrial production in the 1970s.

Day 2

Walk Civita Castellana - Faleria - Calcata Vecchia, 18 km

Walk Civita Castellana - Faleria - Calcata Vecchia, 18 km
After breakfast, your route begins from Civita Castellana in the direction of Calcata Vecchia.

The route runs along the Treja River, passing through forests and tuff sculptures. Continue inside the Fosso della Mola ravine to reach the first stop of the day: Faleria.

The village stands on a spur of tuff, surrounded by the gorges carved by the Treja and Mola rivers. The village assumed considerable importance in the Middle Ages, thanks to Castel Paterno, the last fortress to defend the Pope. The castle was the scene of the death of Otto III, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

After a visit to the village, today's walk continues and ends in Calcata. Calcata is the smallest village in Agro Falisco and is an enchanted island in the green, where time seems to have stopped. The village rises above the Treja Valley Park, which houses within it the remains of the Faliscan city of Narce.

Day 3

Loop Walk Calcata Vecchia, 6 km

Loop Walk Calcata Vecchia, 6 km
Today's route is a loop from Calcata Vecchia, passing through Narce, Monti Li Santi and the Treja Valley.

Narce is rich in evidence of the Falisca civilization, immersed in the dense vegetation of the valley. Numerous tombs, roads carved into the red tuff, remains of buildings and temples evoke the arcane atmosphere of the ancient people of Latium.

Continue to the Li Santi Mountains and the Cavone Li Santi Necropolis. The necropolis was used from the beginning of the 8th century B.C. until the 3rd century B.C. and has returned to us a great deal of artifacts on the Falisca burial culture. Shafts dug into the tuff, stone or wooden sarcophagi, and chamber tombs built during the last period of the necropolis were found.

Go back up in a northerly direction to end the route at Calcata Vecchia.

Day 4

Transfer to Nepi and walk to Corchiano via Falerii Novi, 19 km

Transfer to Nepi and walk to Corchiano via Falerii Novi, 19 km
This morning you have a small transfer from Calcata to Nepi, where today's walk begins. Known in ancient times as Nepet, from the Etruscan Nepa, meaning water. That is why it is also known as a city of water, surrounded by streams, springs and small cascades. According to some legends it was built 458 years before Rome. The town's landscape is characterized by the Rocca dei Borgia, for a short time, lived the daughter of Alexander VI: Lucrezia Borgia.

From Nepi you then proceed north to Corchiano, passing through Falerii Novi. Falerii Novi, a unique archaeological site, represents the victory of the Roman army over Falisci. The ancient walls are still intact, with 50 turrets still standing; visible are the remains of the theater, dwellings and forum. A true open-air museum. The final stop is the suspended village of Corchiano.

Day 5

Arrivederci Corchiano!

Arrivederci Corchiano!
The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked an extra night in Corchiano or other destinations in Italy.

Details

Is this for me?


A trip to a lesser known part of Lazio, the most medieval and mysterious. It is a journey full of surprises and historical and natural wonders, immersed in nature. It's for you if you want to discover a lesser known but beautiful path. It is not particularly difficult, but it still requires a bit of experience or training to cover sections of up to and exceeding 15 km some days.

Included


What is included

  • 4 Nights in double room in *** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
  • Entrance ticktes: Ceramics Museum
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • maps and detailed description of the itinerary in digital form, app
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request
  • travel documentation in printed form (maps and detailed description of the itinerary), shipped to the first hotel

Accommodation


Dimora Palazzo Morelli - Civita Castellana
Opera Suites - Calcata
Agriturismo Villa Amerina - Corchiano

When to travel


The  climate  in Central  Italy  is  generally very  mild with  differences  depending  on the  geography  of  the  region,  from  coasts and valleys to the continental areas.The warmest months are generally July and August,  with  temperatures  ranging  from 23°C up to 30°C; the valleys can often see higher  temperatures  and38°C  to  40°  C  is not uncommon.While  June  and  September  offer  both  nice warm weather. Of course, there are always exceptions  or  dry  spells  that  cause  a  few days to get really hot. Spring    (April    and    May)    and    Autumn (October   and   November)   are   dry,   with sunny  days  but  the  chances  of  rain  are high.The  weather  can  change  very  quickly  and you must be prepared for rain, mist, wind, fog   (and   even   hail   or   snow   at   higher elevations) –especially   in   spring   and autumn. 

What to bring


Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

Mobile App


Use the SloWays APP for iOS and Android smart phones in combination with the written documentation provided.

The App has the detailed tracks and maps that you can use offline and without roaming. Thanks to the phone’s internal GPS, you can check your exact position on the map, so you always know exactly where you are. It also helps you self-navigate you way while travelling. More information on how to use the App inside the roadbook documents.

The navigation features include:

  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track.
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates
  • Possibility to record and take georeferenced photos of problems on route alerting fellow travelers
  • Hotel information
  • Points of interest along the way
  • Historical background

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