Tag Archives: Central Italy

Village Walks: Bassano In Teverina, Central Italy (4K)

Bassano in Teverina is a comune in the Province of Viterbo in the Italian region Latium. It is inhabited by 1,332 people and is located about 90 kilometres north of Rome and about 20 kilometres northeast of Viterbo. 

The origin of the town is extremely uncertain. The ending of the name, derived from the Latin adjectival suffix -anus, takes back to Roman times and, together with the root of the name, seems to remember the family name (Bassus) of a character who owned large estates in the area: Bassus – Bassanus – Bassano.

The town center of Bassano in Teverina arises on a tuff spur set in a slightly rearward position compared to the Tiber Valley, of which it overlooks one part. Downstream from the city center, not far away from the Tiber, lies Lake Vadimo, locally known as the “Pond”, described by Pliny the Younger as “a lying wheel with a regular circumference […] paler, greener and more intense than the sea.”

In Roman times the lake, called Lacus Vladimonis, besides being larger was also considered sacred: near its shores, the Etruscans performed rituals and periodic celebrations, while in its waters the Romans immersed their weapons to make them invincible.

The little center was already inhabited in Etruscan times but was abandoned during the domination of Romans, who conquered the whole surrounding area, taking the territory thanks to two bloody battles: the first in 309 BC, under the leadership of the consul Quintus Fabius Rullianus, and the second in 283 BC, with which they finally defeated Etruscans and Senones.

Aerial Village View: Ascoli Piceno In Eastern Italy (4K)

Ascoli Piceno is a town in central Italy. Piazza del Popolo, an elegant Renaissance square in the center, has travertine paving and the 13th-century Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, a palace built over Roman ruins. The Civic Picture Gallery, decorated with Murano glass chandeliers, displays paintings by Titian and Carlo Crivelli. Nearby is the Cathedral of St. Emidio, with a crypt featuring elaborate mosaics.

Village Walks: Pacentro In Abruzzo, Central Italy (4K)

Pacentro is a comune of 1,279 inhabitants of the province of L’Aquila in Abruzzo, Italy. It is a well-preserved historic medieval village located in central Italy, several kilometers from the City of Sulmona about 170 kilometres east of Rome. Pacentro has been nominated as one of the “Borghi più belli d’Italia”.

Video timeline: 0:00 – [Drone intro] 2:00 – [Walking tour begins / Piazza Umberto I] 3:20 – [Historical centre entrance / Via Santa Maria Maggiore] 9:40 – [Church of St.Marcello and Pope Celestino V Painting *closed*⛪☀️] 11:30 – [Via Santa Maria Maggiore] 14:40 – [Piazza del Popolo] 15:30 – [Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia – *tour inside*⛪☀️] 21:45 – [Largo del Mulino and Festivals of Pacentro] 25:25 – [📋Brief history📋] 30:00 – [Via del Colle] 34:17 – [Scorciatoia del Castello] 38:00 – [Castle Cantelmo-Caldora – *tour inside*🏰☀️] 44:00 – […Inside the tower…] 44:35 – [View from above and church bells sounds⛺☕️] 50:20 – […tour of the castle continues…] 53:50 – [Inside the main hall] 55:18 – [… Say Hi to Luna!…] 55:40 – […tour continues…] 58:00 – [Via del Colle] 1:02:50 – [Via Guardiola] 1:03:50 – [Panorama on the valley⛺] 1:06:30 – [Unexpected painting] 1:08:50 – [Piazza del Popolo]

Village Walks: Allerona In Umbria, Central Italy (4K)

A walking tour in 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗮, region 𝐔𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐚, central Italy, province of Terni, a small town of about 1.700 inhabitants a town included in “the most beautiful towns of Italy” official list.

Video timeline: 0:00 – [Drone intro] 2:05 – [Walking tour begins / Piazza Attilio Lupi] 3:20 – [Porta del Sole / “Sun” Gate] 4:20 – […walking in the narrow alleys…] 11:00 – [Panorama on the countryside⛺] 12:42 – [Brief History📋☀️] 18:30 – [Piazza S.Maria] 22:00 – [Church of St.Maria Assunta – *tour inside*⛪☀️] 27:00 – [Water cistern] 28:00 – […walking in the narrow alleys…] 30:00 – [Porta della Luna / “Moon” Gate] 32:30 – […walking in the narroa alleys…] 40:00 – [Piazza S.Maria] 41:20 – [Park⛺] 42:40 – [Beautiful engraved message☀️] 43:44 – [Museum of Geological Cicles] 45:00 – [Church of St.Micahel Archangel and exhibition of sacred art – *tour inside*⛪☀️] 49:00 – […walking…]

Village Walks: Colle Val d’Elsa, Central Italy (4K)

Colle di Val d’Elsa or Colle Val d’Elsa is a town and comune in the province of Siena, Tuscany, central Italy. It has a population of c. 21,600 As of June 2017. Its name means “Hill of Elsa Valley”, where Elsa is the name of the river which crosses it and Valdelsa the name of the valley.

Village Walks: Villalago – Central Italy (4K Video)

Villalago, located 25 km south of Sulmona, in the Abruzzo region of L’Aquila, arose in the 11th century for Christian and Benedictine inspiration, finding in San Domenico Abate the founder of the monastery of San Pietro il Lago, in the upper Sagittario valley. At its foundation the monastery was endowed by the Lords of those lands, the counts of Valva, with goods and privileges and attracted settlers from all over, who settled, under the monks, in several villas in the Valle de Lacu, so called for the its five lakes. Over time, to ensure a valid defense, they perched on Mount Argoneta, where some Lombard towers already stood, and the new village took the name of Villalago. In 1479 the monastery was abandoned by the Benedictines and the Villalaghesi “no longer colonists, they became a body of the University, with independent possessions” (Antinori, chorography of Villalago). And under the motto of “Universitas contra omnes”, they fought victoriously against the Belprato Counts of Antwerp and against others who aimed to take over the entire Valle de Lacu.

Video timeline: 0:00 – [Drone intro] 2:00 – [Walking tour begins / Piazza Celestino Lupi] 3:28 – [St.Mary of Loreto church☀️] 5:09 – […walking in the old town…] 10:36 – [Via Buccini] 16:44 – [Church of St.Michael – closed☀️] 18:00 – [Brief history of the town☀️] 24:00 – [Via Iafolla] 33:25 – [Old Castle of Villalago] 38:42 – [Church of the Madonna Addolorata – tour inside☀️] 41:00 – […descending…] 48:00 – [Via Ernesto Grossi] 50:30 – [Piazza Celestino Lupi]

Walking Tours: Village Of Nepi – Central Italy (4K)

Nepi is a town and comune in the province of Viterbo, Lazio, central Italy. The town lies 30 kilometres southeast of the city of Viterbo and about 13 kilometres southwest from Civita Castellana. The town is known for its mineral springs, sold and bottled under the Acqua di Nepi brand throughout Italy.

Bike Tours: The Appian Way – Rome In Central Italy (4K)

Filmed on Saturday May 8th, 2021

The Appian Way is one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic. It connected  Rome  to Brindisi, in southeast Italy. Its importance is indicated by its common name, recorded by Statius:

Appia longarum… regina viarum

“the Appian Way the queen of the long roads”

The road is named after Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor who began and completed the first section as a military road to the south in 312 BC during the Samnite Wars.

Bike Tour: Lake Albano & Castel Gandolfo, Italy (4K)

Castel Gandolfo, colloquially just Castello in the Castelli Romani dialects, is a town located 25 kilometres southeast of Rome in the Lazio region of Italy. 

Lake Albano is a small volcanic crater lake in the Alban Hills of Lazio, at the foot of Monte Cavo, 20 km southeast of Rome. Castel Gandolfo, overlooking the lake, is the site of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo. It hosted the canoeing and rowing events of the 1960 Summer Olympic Games that were held in Rome.