Antonioni, Fellini, Monicelli, Magni, Pasolini, Visconti are only some of the directors who have staged their films in Tuscia. Movies such as Django of Corbucci, Il Grande Duello of Giancarlo Santi were shot in these places. But not only Italian film directors have worked in Tuscia, Orson Wells Othello (1951), best movie at the 1952 5th Festival in Cannes, is one of the masterpieces of the international cinema that had Viterbo and its province as scenario…Read more
Throughout the year you can participate in typical events, historical reconstructions of festivals and religious ceremonies related to local traditions handed down through the centuries. These magical and fascinating places and the keen participation of the population makes these events suggestive and mystic. Each town celebrates the annual festival linked to the patron saint where, religious ceremonies, popular celebrations and markets, food stands, and various other entertainments take place. Important are the events related to farming, fishing and the earth fertility. The unique annual festival of St. Antonio Abate (January 17th) has a massive participation; it is celebrated with a huge fire and the ritual of animals blessing. Characteristic festivals involve the Carnival, celebrated in all Italy and where in many Etrurian towns have a considerable significance.
During the week dedicated to the Etruscans, tourists had the opportunity to admire monuments through the historic walking tour arranged there. The tour started from the Amphitheatre. This structure was first considered Roman, but then later studies demonstrated that it belongs to the Etruscan culture as the Amphitheatre is completely carved in the tuff stones, typical from Sutri. It is, in fact, quite difficult to identify the structure from the outside as this appears to be a huge rock. The Amphitheatre dates back between the 2nd century BC and the 1st Century BC as declared by Archaeologists; it has an oval shape with an horizontal axis of 49mt and a vertical axis of 40mt…Read more
I have never seen so many horses casually grazing, so many relaxed riders, so many stables both public and private as I have encountered here in Tuscia, north of Rome. These are not the butteri of the Maremma, though that too is Lazio. These are a sort of suburban cowboy, weekend and pleasure riders, very frequently young professionals who go riding out of passion for the sport and company, who go riding in pairs or groups on long spring evenings when temperatures begin to moderate. Make no mistake – they are serious and able horsemen and women! The medievally-costumed riders, who represent the four contrade here in Civita, practice for months to prepare for the competition held annually at the Forte Sangallo during the local festival of San Marciano and Giovanni…Read more