87 – (ITA STAGE 39) – Orvieto – Lubriano



Place of Departure


Place of Arrival


Length – KM


Nation of the route




Uphill Gap

630 mt.

Downhill Gap

530 mt.

CAI (Diff. Escurs.)




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The Stage

ORVIETO was built by the Etruscans on a tuff plateau at 280-325 m above sea level. Commanding a great view over the valley of the Paglia River, a tributary of the Tiber, which below the cliffs of Orvieto receives the waters of the Chiani, flowing from the Val di Chiana to the north. This enormous “mesa” of tuff, rising from 20 to 50 meters above the surrounding countryside, is the result of the erosion of a much greater plateau produced by the eruption of the volcanoes of the Volsinian system, today represented by the greatest volcanic lake in Europe: the Lake of Bolsena. The area was inhabited by Homo Erectus during the Quaternary eruption. After the cataclysm the plateau was settled during the Bronze Age and received the Etruscan civilization around the 8th century BC. The Romans conquered Orvieto in the 3rd century and destroyed the city then called Volsinii. The Etruscans rebuilt a city called the New Volsiniii on a different site, near the lake, and the ruined one was abandoned and called the Old Volsinii or Old City (Urbs Vetus = Orvieto).  It is said the Orvieto stood close to famous Etruscan Sanctuary known as Fanum Voltumnae, the venue of great annual festivals of the Etruscan nation. In the early centuries of the Middle Ages, the ruined Etruscan city was reclaimed and called Ourbibentos, which within a few  centuries became a new city called Orvieto and declared the City of Corpus Domini (Body of the Lord). Here on August 11 of 1264, Pope Urbano IV instituted the Universal Christian Solemnity of  of the Corpus Sanguinis Domini.

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Things to see in Orvieto:The Duomo of Orvieto a masterpiece of the Italian Gothic; the façade is decorated with a great series of reliefs and sculptures by the Sienese architect Lorenzo Maitani. The Church of San Giovenale (1004) The Church of Sant’Andrea, built on the ruins of a pagan temple and of an Early Christian Church. Church of San Domenico with the Mausoleum of  cardinal De Braye designed by Arnolfo di Cambio. Church of San Ludovico. Church of San Francesco, of the 13th century Abbey of San Severo and Martirio, a monastic complex with high Medieval and Romanesco structures. Palazzo Soliano (1297), with the Museum “Emilio Greco”. Papal Palace with the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Palazzo Comunale. Palazzo del Popolo “Claudio Faina” and the Museo Civico Palazzo dei Febei. Palazzo Gualterio.

PORANO – A village enclosed within its medieval walls, with parish church frescoed with important artistic value, among them a fine Annunciation of the 15th century and a marble Baptismal font of the 17th century. The centre boasts some excellent residential buildings. Such as Villa del Corgnolo (also Conaro or Corniolo) in the middle of one of the historical parks of Umbria.
Castel Rubello (castrum bellum) – A sacred site of the Etruscans; here the Romans built a military camp.  Records of the existence of this castle date back to 1342 (when it was a possession of the Monaldeschi family, which in fact took refuge there in 1345, before returning to the city of Orvieto of which they had been among the ruling families.

Our wandering towards Rome, resumes  from Orvieto with two alternative routes: One is directed to Bolsena, the other to Lubriano through Civita Bagnoregio, Bagnoregio and finally Montefiascone. Two very beautiful routes both leading to joining the VIA ROMEA FRANCIGENA, but the second enables us to visit Lubriano and Civita, two fascinating towns, for their geographical position, and especially Civita, now definitely abandoned by resident, and only visited by tourists. On account of their peculiarity we chose this second route. We leave Orvieto from Piazza della Repubblica; we take along Via Garibaldi, Via Ripa dei Medici, Strada di Porta Romana, which after a roundabout takes us on the SS71, which we will follow for 600 m, to descend on the left to the narrow road that follows the remains of the ancient aqueduct; we arrive at the ARCONE, the arch of the ancient aqueduct, under which passes the municipal road Corta Stazione, which we cross. Here begins  a steep road, paved with pebbles leading directly to the Convent of the Cappuccini and continues until it enters into a gravel road that leads to join the Provincial highways SP55, on level ground. Here we must turn and look back at the wonderful view of Orvieto from a vantage point. We are now walking through an Etruscan necropolis. We continue to go uphill on a tarmac road without traffic leading to Castel Rubello and then to PORANO. Once arrived at Castel Rubello, it will be worth our while to enter and walk through the castle’s inner courtyards, to admire its medieval architecture. Also the historical centre of Porano deserves a visit, with its imposing tuff walls. Past the castle, we turn left on Provincial Highway SP111, and enter Porano on the right passing through its gate; we follow Via XX Settembre up to the church of San Biagio; we descend for 100 m and return to the SP111; we turn left and after 150 m we turn right  on a road that takes out of the historical centre and in 700 m we arrive at the new district of the town: We return on the SP55 and turn left; 200 m past the bridge we turn right and take Via Col di Lana. We walk up a gentle slope and cross the entire new residential area in continual expansion; after 1,3 km we turn right in front of last few villas and walk for 700 m through the fields and woodland to arrive at a crossroad; we take the road on the left, a country lane in the middle of  the countryside, a beautiful plateau with interesting naturalistic features, in absolute silence; after 1,8 km we cross the border between Umbria and Latium; we find a road coming from our right, but we carry on to the left for 1 km more and arrive on the SP6; We turn left for a few meters then to the right on a different country road, which in 1,7 km will take us to the sports grounds of Lubriano. We turn right for 130 m and cross a municipal road, 300 m more and we are on the SP55 coming from Porano. We turn again to the right and in 600 m we will be in the town of Lubriano: on the right there is the Parish Church, the Town Hall and on the left the historical centre.

For the description of the route see the Guide of Simone Frignani
From airpoirt (ROMA CIAMPINO, ROMA FIUMICINO) to Roma/Termini FS Railway Station TRAIN – (www.trenitalia.com) Roma FS Railway Station – Orvieto FS Railway Station
TYPICAL DISHES = Inorvieto TYPICAL DISHES = Tipicamenteumbria TYPICAL DISHES = Umbriaonline TYPICAL DISHES = Wikipedia-Roman Cuisine
Conad Via Marconi,13 – 05010 PORANO
Coop Via Tevere,29 – 05018 SFERRACAVALLO
Lidl Via Ombrone,3 – 05018 ORVIETO
Sigma Via dei Merciari, Fontanelle Bardano – 05018 ORVIETO
Palazzo Monaldeschi P.za S. Giobatta, 1 – 01020 LUBRIANO – VT 0761 780641 info@monaldeschi.it www.monaldeschi.it
B&B La Loggetta Via Roma 33 – 01022 BAGNOREGIO – VT 0761-792328 / 333 6815546 laloggettabagnoregio@gmail.com www.laloggetta.vt.it
B&B Casa delle Erbe Via Conicchio,30 – 05010 PORANO – TR 333-3857653 Arrangement
B&B A Casa di Anna Via  Matteotti,51 – 01022-BAGNOREGIO VT 347-0463374 / 333-8723739 / 0761-792930 annamaria.gentili1957@gmail.com Arrangement
B&b – Da Barbara Via XXV Aprile, 28 – 01020 LUBRIANO -VT 0761-780421
Palazzo Monaldeschi P.za S. Giobatta, 1 – 01020 LUBRIANO – VT 0761 780641 info@monaldeschi.it www.monaldeschi.it
B&B Antico Molino S.Caterina,18 – 01020 LUBRIANO – VT 339-8249354 anticomolinobb@gmail.com
Biciclette Agnese Via A.Diaz,50 – 01022 BAGNOREGIO VT 0761-792611 / 320-2404432
Pietro Labate – Authorized Guide Via delle Monache, 3 – 01100 VITERBO 349-4409855 pietrusco@thesantrekking.it www.thesan.net
Associazione ACQUA (guides, museums, archeology) Via Marconi,2 , 05010 PORANO -TR 329-0706607 / 328-5430394 (Pacioni) associazioneacqua@libero.it www.facebook.com/Associazione-ACQUA-371478749640584/; www.poranoturismo.it; www.museolubriano.com; www.turismobaschi.it; www.orvietovie.it
Comune di Lubriano – Sindaco Viale I Maggio, 6 –  01020 LUBRIANO 329-3442678 sindaco@comune.lubriano.vt.it www.comune.lubriano.vt.it

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(*) Prices might change for special situations: please book early and ask for confirmation
In some places it is difficult to find accommodation only for one night: we suggest you to take accommodation for more nights, using, for your movements, the comfortable and cheap local trains, route Brenner-Trento-Bassano del Grappa.