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July 13, 2020

Archaeological Trekking Between History and Nature


  • Porano
  • Castel Giorgio
  • Montegabbione

Visiting time

  • 3 days

How to get there

  • Car required
  • Walking paths

A visit that matches the pleasure of the naturalistic excursion with that of discovering hidden places where suggestive traces of history emerge. Archaeological sites scattered in the green hills of Orvieto.

A route to do with a local guide, you can arrive by car up to the town of Molinella-Settecamini in the municipality of Porano and then continue on foot, or directly from the base of the Orvieto cliff, take roads that pass near the excavation area of Campo della Fiera and ascend, passing by the Cappuccini convent until you reach the this magnificent Etruscan tomb.

From Castel Giorgio take the Maremmana regional road to the town Casa Perazza. From here continue along two long straight stretches of road. At the end of the last stretch of straight road on the right, before the curve where the 91 km sign is located, there is a small road with hiking signs. From here continue on foot, walking through the green countryside on the border between Umbria and Lazio, along a partial stretch of a much longer route: that of the Orvieto-Bolsena crossing.

Along the way, inside a path in the woods there is an interesting archaeological area consisting of a necropolis (Necropolis of Lauscello). It was discovered as far back as 1189 and can be dated to between the 3rd and 4th centuries BC, and consists of 15 burial sites dug into the ground.

A hilly relief between Castel di Fiori and Montegiove, the excavations carried out on the eastern top have unearthed some stone tombs built from slabs placed both vertically to form the walls, and horizontally for the bottom and the roof. Near the tombs on the western peak, there is a large circular enclosure formed by stones classified as a castle. The castellieri (present since the Bronze Age and very widespread also in the area of Monte Peglia) were fortified enclosures, which generally stood on top of the hills to control vast areas and dominate the roads.