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Typical products of Tuscia

Tuscia is a land rich of delicious tastes and local products where agriculture is a major economic resource as well as a traditional aspect of local culture. Agriculture in Tuscia maintains the original natural products genuine, at the same time achieving the right balance between agricultural production, environmental sustainability and food security. The local cuisine is very similar to the traditional Roman Cuisine with a little bit of Tuscany in it, but all with the simplicity of Umbrian cuisine which comes from rural homes. These are the virtues of local cuisine, which mainly relies on the main courses of which the "hay" of the lieutenant of Canepina, seems insurmountable. Another honored main course is “Lombrichelli” (pasta flour and water) and soups, pasta and beans, pasta and chickpeas, rice and lentils, chickpeas and chestnuts. Acquacotta (chicory, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, mint and chili with the addition of salt codfish or egg) deserves a star apart. A rarity is the "Sbroscia (by appointment only in the restaurants that overlook the lake of Bolsena): fish soup seasoned with the fragrances of the garden in special clay-pots. To be eaten in springtime is the "Scafata", prepared with fresh broad beans and pancetta, and almost a whole meal in one soup is the lamb soup that does not exclude the presence of artichokes and potatoes. In the pizza places it is very popular among young people to eat off meals and have a glass of wine: bruschetta with a thousand flavors (beans, tomatoes, onions, aromatic sauces) salami, crostini of venison, fried lattarini (special cheese), fried borage and more. The best meats are those of the rabbit and chicken, fried with tomatoes and hunters style , the excellent roast lamb or grilled, pork , cow`s entrails (tripe and straw), The "Pignattaccia stew with vegetables and trimmings of meat. The fish from the lake is also enjoyed at Bolsena, Marta and Capodimonte , perch, whitefish, tench, pike and eels, those of the sea, thanks to good conservation systems, are proposed a bit everywhere.

As I have mentioned in other posts on this website dedicated to the territory of the Tuscia, our roots are rural, and this is reflected in our cuisine that is part of the Mediterranean Diet and Italian lifestile, renowned throughout the world.

Lombrichelli

Acquacotta

Sbroscia

Scafata

In our Country House we intend to introduce our costumers to biological products and give due importance to the typical products of our land so sure of meeting today's health needs. It is possible to have special wine tasting dinners with local products upon group’s request.To enjoy your meal then there are our famous wines: EST! EST! EST! of Montefiascone, Aleatico Gradoli and Martha Marsh.

The Wine Route of La Tuscia!

The Lazio Region, in order to increase the economical, agricultural and tourist resources of its territory, created the "Wine Route of Northern Tuscia". This itinerary wants to emphasize the agricultural products, the typical dishes combined with the wine richness, and the popular traditions of Northern Tuscia. The "Wine Route" goes through about twenty little towns of La Tuscia where wine festivals are held. The town festivals include tasting of wines and local fares, music, wine drinking and eating in the square of the village and even a neighborhood competition with social games.

The route also includes tourist and gastronomic itineraries, wine shops and typical restaurants, fish shops, farms, artisan shops.

The territory was divided into three zones, which represent the three zones of production of the Doc wines of Alta Tuscia.

The DOC (the highest level) wines of the territory of Viterbo are: Aleatico, Est! Est!! Est!!!, Orvieto, Cerveteri and Vignanello.

The first three were created in the Alta Tuscia, in the "Wine Route". The volcanic hills around Bolsena with their mild climate, helped the excellent wine industry. Now we draw up a list of the principal wine industries of Alta Tuscia.

DOC Wines
  • Aleatico di Gradoli
  • Cerveteri rosso e bianco
  • Colli Etruschi viterbesi
  • Est! Est!! Est!!! of Montefiascone
  • Orvieto
  • Tarquinia
  • Vignanello

Each wine itinerary has been twinned with a typical product of the zone, so for Est! Est! Est! we have the fish of Lake Bolsena, for Aleatico it's the porcini mushrooms of Monte Rufeno and for the Orvieto its the “cacciagione” hunter`s meat!

Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone is a blend of three white grape varieties. It’s a light and refreshing, produced in a variety of versions from dry to sparkling (also dry). The name (Latin for “It is,” or perhaps Italian for “Ecco”) has a delightful history; worth translating at LaTuscia.com (in Italian).

La Tuscia

La Tuscia occupies the northern part of Lazio, towards Tuscany and is the old name for the present day province of Viterbo. It is a land which closes to the west on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea and to the north it can be confused with the first hills of Tuscany. It was the homeland of the great Etruscan civilization, little is known about the Etruscan civilization, even though it lasted over 900 years before being totally absorbed in the expanding Roman Empire by about 100BC. Sparse elements of their language have been deciphered, yet they left behind most wonderful sites which can still be easily reached from our Country House; roadways carved through solid rock which are at a walking distance in the nearby countryside; temples and tombs carved in the cliffs of the hills, all around and underground chambers near a beautiful Roman Amphitheater carved in Tuff rock, which is believed to date back to 100 BC, are all nearby sites. This Land still lives in the memory of a noble history, experienced as a protagonist during the Etruscan town rivalry with the devastating rising power of Rome and Viterbo, Papal seat, was the center of the world. Today the scenario is quite different: far from the dizzying pace of modernity, from the main means of communication, from industrialization and mass tourism, Tuscia has skillfully defended the amenity of its territory, the purity of its artistic beauty and authenticity of its products.

Typical view in “La Tuscia”

Viterbo

The old town of Viterbo is the main in the area, where everything leads us to a specific historical moment: the Middle Ages, it is important for the Palace of the Popes. It was built between 1255 and 1266 to give the papacy which felt Rome as treacherous and insecure, a fitting home. The building is unique in its kind: a little 'castle, a little' fortress, a little 'urban palace. It is not all; in Viterbo there is a continuous intersection of alleyways district, there are hundreds of gushing fountains and there is the spirituality of its many churches and the gracefulness of his palaces. All made of gray tuff, a porous local stone, which absorbs light or rejects it, creating a play of light and shade worthy of the best scenes in a theater. Around Viterbo, Etruscan civilization continues to fascinate, to tell his stories and kidnap fantasy. Here are preserved some of the rock-carved most beautiful cemeteries in the world, carved into the tuff and protected by the wild, which have the power to evoke memories and intense emotions.

Viterbo - The Pope Palace

Thermal Baths of the Pope

At a distance of about 30 min. from our Country House in its` uncontaminated natural scenery are the thermal baths of Viterbo. These baths are natural hot springs of water coming from the volcanic earth of La tuscia, a resource known since the Etruscan period for healing. In Roman times in the various thermal areas the soldiers back from the campaigns of the war, stopped to purify the body, heal wounds and sores before entering Rome. The thermal district of Viterbo is one of the most important in Italy. During medieval times, the thermal baths in Viterbo were visited by a succession of popes eager to cure themselves with the mud of the spa town.Great poets and artists have left us precious references to the baths, Bullicame is mentioned several times in Dante's Divine Comedy and in particular, in the XIV canto. Michelangelo during his journeys to Rome (sometime between 1496 and 1536), was greatly impressed by the beauty of the baths and was inspired to do two pen drawings of them which today can be admired at the Vicar de Lille Museum in France. Since then the complex has taken the name of "Thermal Baths of the Popes ". The main attraction of the baths of Viterbo is currently constituted by water and mud baths. Natural Remedies and efficacious for the treatment and prevention of chronic respiratory diseases, osteo-articular than for the diseases of the skin or, more simply, for pleasant and relaxing beauty treatments.

Thermal baths of The Pope

Bomarzo Monster`s Park

Bomarzo is also called “The Monster`s Park” was the backyard of the Villa of a Noble family (Orsini) of Viterbo, it is located 68 km North West of Rome. The park was born in 1552 as "Villa of Wonders" to be the only one of it's kind in the world. A visit to the park will unfold in a series of stages ranging between mythology and fantasy.We have individuated 24 works of art even though many more are contained in the park. The park of Bomarzo was intended not to please, but to astonish, and like many Mannerist works of art, its symbolism is arcane.The many monstrous statues appear to be unconnected to any rational plan and appear to have been strewn almost randomly about the area, sol per sfogare il Core ("just to set the heart free") as one inscription on an obelisk says. The surreal nature of the Monster`s Park appealed to Jean Cocteau and the great surrealist Salvador Dalí, who discussed it at great length. The story behind Bomarzo and the life of Pier Francesco Orsini are the subject of a novel by the Argentinian writer Manuel Mujica Láinez (1910-1984). It is a very intresting park where children normally have a wonderful time.

Bomarzo Monster`s Park

The Vico Lake

Lake Vico is a clear volcanic lake, located about 20 minutes away from our Country House. It is one of the highest major Italian lakes, with an altitude of 510 m. The lake is surrounded by the Cimini Hills, in particular by the Fogliano (965 m) and Venere (851 m) mountains. When the eruptive activity of the entire volcanic complex of Vico ceased (about 100,000 years ago), the torrential rain and the waters rising from the subterranean springs filled the basin, thereby originating the Lake. According to legend, the lake was created by Hercules, who defied the local inhabitants to wield his club. When he did this, a stream sprung up and formed the lake. The lake is in fact a result of the past volcanic activity of Lazio, when the extinguished crater was flooded. In the beginning, and for thousands of years, the extension of the lake was much bigger: the water level reached almost the rim of the crater, with the peak of Mount Venere arising out of the north-east area of the lake, like a peninsula.

Today the Vico Lake is a part of the Natural Reserve and it is possible to go horseback riding , swimming, surfing , birdwatching and Camping on the site. There are also some very nice restaurants which serve fresh fish and nice wine all around the lake.