ATTIVITÀ
In Amelia area there are also several riding stables for horse lovers:

www.horsepassion.it
info@horsepassion.it • info and booking 320 6738731

you can also do Rafting
www.raftingmarmore.com • per info tel.330-753420

For those who want to relax by getting pampered by massages and baths a few kilometers you will find TERME DI ORTE, open seasonally.

www.termediorte.it
info@termediorte.it • for info tel. 0761 403066

or the thermal baths of VITERBO, open all year
www.termediviterbo.itwww.termedeipapi.net


AMELIA'S SURROUNDINGS
Amelia owes its ancient name, Ameria, to a legendary founder, the king Ameroe. According to Cato the Censor the first indigenous community settled here around 1134 B. C., four centuries before Rome was founded. As a consequence of the growth of the town and of the power of the surrounding populations, first of all the Etruscans, the necessity arose to build defensive works, as the Polygonal Walls (6th-4th cent.). Its historic center has a typical medieval structure, with narrow streets, palaces, hidden gardens on the roofs of houses and numerous churches. After a few kilometers we reach Lugnano in Teverina which lies on a hill and is enclosed by walls spaced towers. The jewel of Lugnano is for sure the Collegiata di S. Maria Assunta. The fa├žade has a rose-window and is enriched with a porch with a ribbed vault and columns on the front. The interior has three aisles with barrel vaults, separated by columns and capitals decorated with the typical patterns of the Romanesque art (plaits, floral motifs, holy scenes).
 
Narni is the geographic Centre of Italy. It is a typical Umbrian town, built on a hill 240 meters above sea level with strong medieval traces. The town has outstanding views over the River Nera valley and the wide plain of Terni. Narni offers artistic, archaeological and religious itineraries, plus an abundance of natural history for the tourist. It's possible to go back to past time when Roman used to stock the water in deep stone tanks or sent it through winding aqueducts, when Benedectins built romanic churches over more ancient ones and still when Domenicans used to lock up in the prisons of the Holy Inquisition people accused of heresy. Narni Underground is a trip through the story to live again some unforgettable moments, an easy way for all of us. Sangemini is a little town like a sort of medieval castle, erected above or near an ancient roman site: the narrow streets converge towards the main axis, which in reality is the old consular road "Flaminia", and stretches from the "Roman Gate" to the "Northern (or St. John) Gate". There was an original pre-roman village called Casventum by the Romans, later called San Gemini from the name of a Syrian monk. Nearby Sangemini you can visit the ancient Roman settlement of Carsulae.
 
In the early Middle Ages the rock of Orvieto was once more seen as an ideal natural bulwark and the new urban Centre took shape around the year thousand. It reached its zenith in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and its unique urban layout is still to all extents what it was then. The most representative public buildings - the Town Hall or Palazzo Comunale, the Palazzo del Popolo, the Duomo or Cathedral, and the Palazzo dei Sette rose side by side with the older churches. A guided visit through the caves enables the tourist to fully appreciate this unique underground world. It is in a sense a journey in a timeless dimension, which narrates the story of the geology of the rock and the specific aspects of Orvieto's history. Stupendously located in a natural scenario of peerless beauty, the Marmore Waterfalls (few Kilometers from Amelia) is an artificial work built by the Romans. In 290 BC the consul Curio Dentato ordered a canal to be dug (Cavo Curiano) in order to make the stagnant waters of the Velino river flow down into the Rieti valley conveying it to the Marmore cliff, from where it was made to fall down onto the bed of the river Nera below with a jump of 165 metres. The Sports practiced in this area are mainly water sports: rafting, canyoning and Hidrospeeding.

www.raftingmarmore.com
info and booking Tel. 330-753420
 
The sources of Clitunno are formed by underground springs that emerge from the poll, which you can find in the bottom of the pond through the turquoise waters. It is an extremely charming corner that gave inspiration to many painters, writers and poets. Remember Corot, Byron and Carducci, who dedicated this place a famous ode. The heart of Todi is Piazza del Popolo, formerly central point of the Roman town, and closed in the Middle Ages by four doors. From the coffee bars in the square you can have a panoramic view of the beautiful rectangular space where are situated the palaces symbol of the spiritual and civil life of the municipality:The Cathedral,The Palace of the Priors, The Mayor's Palace, The Palace of the People.
 
Also not to be missed, near Norcia, between late May and early July, the blossoming of the plateau of Castelluccio, an event of particular importance. For several weeks the monotony of colour of grazing is broken by a mosaic of colors, with variations in shades ranging from yellow to red. Among the Woods and hills you meet numerous hamlets: Bomarzo with Monsters Park, Collicello, Castel dell'Aquila, Avigliano Umbro, Santa Restituta, Dunnarobba with the Fossil Forest, the only known example of Quaternary arrived up to the present day, Montecastrilli, Melezzole, Farnetta, etc.