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July 13, 2020

The Enchanting Orvieto Villages


  • Benano
  • Tordimonte
  • Corbara
  • Prodo
  • Titignano

Visiting time

  • 2 days

How to get there

  • Car required

A visit to the area around Orvieto, exploring five small charming villages of the territory that have had an important historical past, and a close link with the city. Today they present themselves as picturesque treasures hidden by timeless charm.

BENANO – a small village whose name derives from the medieval Venano, a word that recalls water veins of which the area has many. The Monaldeschi and Filippeschi (important Orvieto families) lived in the village and its castle. It is said that among its walls the Knights Templar also gathered.

TORDIMONTE – A village situated near the confluence with the Tiber river since at least the 13th century. The castle that characterizes the village became the property of the Montemarte, Monaldeschi and Piccolomini-Clementini families before being ceded to Count Brazzetti who restored it to be used as a farm. Even today the current owners have maintained this tradition combined with horticulture activity.

CORBARA – today perched high above the shores of the Corbara lake, this village has only a few houses, a pretty church and above all an ancient castle. The castle was a stronghold of the territory of Orvieto that over the years increasingly assumed an agricultural vocation. Today the current owners of the estate and the castle of Corbara are dedicated to wine production.

PRODO – The castle in the village of Prodo dates back to 1222, it characterizes the entire village by magically “emerging” from the greenery in a postcard type setting. Today the village has few inhabitants, and the castle is privately owned. Near the village there is a beautiful natural gorge generated by the flowing waters of the Campione ditch that reaches Corbara lake after a series of jumps and waterfalls: an ideal place for rafting and canyoning.

TITIGNANO – A village near the Corbara lake, it was the outpost of Orvieto towards the enemy Todi. Today it is characterized by a Renaissance mansion and church. Near Titignano, the built-up area of Osa known in the 13th century as Villa Ose, is a tiny uninhabited hamlet with the 19th century Villa Netti, and is surrounded by centuries-old olive trees.