Around the Arnolfe Lands

The Terre Arnolfe were a territory granted to Count Arnolfo which included the lands located between Todi, Spoleto and Terni whose capital was Cesi.

WALK BETWEEN THE VILLAGES OF THE LANDS ARNOLFE

Duration: 1 day

The Arnolfe lands were composed of several villages that, to this day, are part of the treasures of Umbria. A path that virtually unites many small villages that make up the northern part of the province of Terni.

Acuasparta
The village of Federico Cesi is the place where Altobello da Chiaravalle was executed after his ruinous attack on the walls.

Portaria
A small fraction of Acquasparta, it still preserves the magic of those times. It hosted Lucrezia Borgia and her court, traveling to the Duchy of Spoleto.

Cesi
The capital of the Arnolfe Lands, one of the most important towns in the district where the governors of the area used to reside. The residence of Angelo Cesi, bishop of Todi in the sixteenth century, who deserves the credit for having completely reformed the diocese, still today hosts the successors of the noble Roman family, the Cesi Citizens who often stay in the homonymous Palace in the village.

San Gemini
The village of Sangemini is also famous for one of the most important archaeological areas of Italy, present in its territory: Carsulae, the Roman town that stood on the Via Flaminia.
City of the Orsini family, whose Olimpia married Federico Cesi I, Sangemini hosted many characters of incredible fame, such as Antonio Canova, whose residence is still preserved today.

AMONG THE HILLS OF THE LANDS ARNOLFE: JOURNEY TO NATURE

The Terre Arnolfe also include the most hilly area of ​​the territory, allowing an immersion in the purest nature and the possibility of enjoying breathtaking views.

Duration: one day

Acquasparta
The village of departure is the one known for having hosted the Prince of Lincei Federico II Cesi, and his Accademia dei Lincei, the first scientific academy in the world. The Basilica of the village is home to the remains of the Prince and not far away, there is the Viridarium, the botanical garden, home to studies.
Acquasparta, in medieval times, was also the scene of the dramatic attack by Altobello da Chiaravalle, executed by Sparviera in the main square of the town.

Portaria
The village of Portaria, a nearby hamlet of the municipality of Acquasparta, still preserves its medieval features made of alleys, views and spectacular views.
Famous for having hosted Lucrezia Borgia and her court, on the journey that would take them to the Duchy of Spoleto, where the Duchess was to take over the government.

Macerino
A village located in a strategic position in the center of the Martani mountains, on a road that allowed communications between Acquasparta and Spoleto. It also had jurisdiction in neighboring areas and hosted a Community Palace that still exists today, which encloses the inhabited area.
The walls are still in excellent condition, as are the corner towers.

Scoppio
Located at 640 m asl, the Scoppio dominates the entire plain below, on a hill that allows the visitor to enjoy extraordinary views.
Completely abandoned in the early twentieth century due to the numerous earthquakes that had made homes unusable, it was then secured over the years.
Regional financing allowed the creation of a shelter, today abandoned and unusable.
Its appearance of an abandoned village gives it a charm that has attracted many tourists and hikers for decades.