Tuscia, Land of the Etruscans,
What we want to show is not only this land’s history and Etruscan culture, but also this area’s distinctive character.
Here, the past and present melt into a harmony of colours, sounds, and flavors that sweep you away, immerging you in the beauty all around. These sites, witness to the history of great civilizations, inviting visitors to come and discover them.
You will be bewitched by the unaltered Etruscan charm and beauty that the Tuscia area conserves, all throughout the territory, with treasures hiding even in the smallest, most quaint towns.
But Tuscia is above all the integral part of the “Francigena Road”, ancient religious itinerary through which the pilgrims entered the city of Rome. At the biginning of the second millenium, a large number of pilgrims began crossing through Europe in search of the lost “Celestial Land”. The Francigena Road led all the way from Canterbury to Rome and was one of the pathways of European history. In those days it was a main route along which hundreds of thousands of pilgrims passed on their way to Rome as an act of devotion with stops along the way at places deemed holy by the Church. One of the most important testimonies is the report that the Archbishop of Canterbury writes during his pilgramage to Rome in 994 D.C. Via Francigena demonstrates the importance of pilgrimage in Medieval times: it had to be performed particularly on foot (for penitance reasons) and not alone but in group and carrying the insignia of the pilgrimage the Key for St.Peters.
Today in the Lazio region it is still possible to travel along stretches of the ancient path to Rome on foot, on horseback or by bycicle. However, they are far fewer than the route to Santiago de Compostela.
In 1994 the Via Francigena was designated a European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.