Tag Archives: Village Walks

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.

Village Walks: Blera In Lazio, Western Italy (4K)

Blera is a small town and comune in the northern Lazio region of Italy. It was known during the Middle Ages as Bieda, an evolved form of its ancient name, which was restored in the twentieth century. It is the birthplace of Pope Sabinian; Pope Paschal II was also originally thought to be from here.

Village Walks: Positano On Amalfi Coast, Italy (4K)

Positano is a cliffside village on southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It’s a well-known holiday destination with a pebble beachfront and steep, narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes. Its Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta features a majolica-tiled dome and a 13th-century Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary. The Sentiero degli Dei hiking trail links Positano to other coastal towns. 

Village Walks: Greccio In Lazio, Central Italy (4K)

Greccio is an old hilltown and comune of the province of Rieti in the Italian region of Lazio, overhanging the Rieti valley on a spur of the Monti Sabini, a sub-range of the Apennines.

Greccio was founded, according to tradition, by a Greek colony or family, who fled or exiled from their homeland following wars and destruction who fell in love with the amenity of the place and the comfort of natural defense it offered, and settled there. Hence the name Greece, Grece, Grecce and finally Greccio. The first certain information dates back to the 10-11th century. when the fragmentary possessions of the Abbey of Farfa were reunited and the fortification of the curtis proceeded. The Benedictine monk Gregorio da Catino (1062-1133) refers to the locality of Greccio (curte de Greccia) in his work “Regesto Farfense”.

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: Pitigliano In Tuscany, Italy (4K)

Carved from volcanic stone, the town of Pitigliano is ocated south of Montepulciano, and not too far from the thermal mineral waters of Bagno San Filippo. 

The cliffs of Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano protected the remains of the many peoples who called the Fiora Valley, and its protective peaks, their homes since 2300 BC.

Village Tours: Ronda In Andalucia, Spain (4K)

Ronda is a mountaintop city in Spain’s Malaga province that’s set dramatically above a deep gorge. This gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule. Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, has a lookout offering views. New town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. 

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.