Located 65 miles northeast of Rome and by the Nera river lies the city of Terni in the region of Umbria. This was originally founded as an Ancient Roman but is now a popular tourist destination. If this is a destination you are planning to visit, there are many activities and sights you should include in your vacation itinerary. Here are some of the things you should try to see and do during your stay.
One of the most outstanding features of Terni is the spectacular waterfalls. The beautiful Marmore Waterfalls are one of the most breathtaking sights you will have the pleasure to see and are a fantastic photo opportunity to commemorate your stay in the area. This waterfall was manmade by the Romans.
Parque Fluvial del Nera
This river park is a protected area surrounding the river Nera in Terni. This is a fantastic spot to take in the beauty of the area and also admire the natural flora, fauna, and wildlife. The site covers 2,200 hectares and features kestrels, the Apennine wolf, wild cats, the royal eagle, water fowl, and kingfishers.
Carsulae Parco Archeologico
This archaeological site is from the Augustan ages and features the remains of religious monuments along with the remains of the main public and civil structures. These include the Curia, the Basilica, the Amphitheater, and the theater.
Lago di Piediluco
Lake Piediluco straddles the borders of Terni and the Province of Rieti in Lazio. It is fed by the River Nera, the Rio Fuscello, and the Velino river. It is a peaceful place to take a walk and there are boat trips across the lake. There are pretty villages surrounding the lake to visit.
This palace was built in the mid-sixteenth century. It is one of the most historically significant structures in Terni. While the exterior is worthy of admiration, it is the interior of this building that makes it worth visiting as it is decorated with Cinquecento frescoes. It is now the city’s town hall.
Basilica san Valentino
This is the most prominent religious structure in Terni and it is famous for its architecture and for the tomb of Saint Valentine after which the church is named. It was originally built in the 17th-century and has a Baroque style. The interior boasts impressive frescoes and paintings. One of the main attractions is the funerary monument which is housed inside a glass case below the main altar.
While in Terni, you should try to sample some of the local cuisine. Cured meats and suckling pig are two highlights of many menus and there are many different types of pasta dishes to try. A local delicacy around Lake Piediluco is dishes cooked with eels.
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