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Civitella d'Agliano

Tiber Valley and Middle Ages

  • Discover Civitella d'Agliano

    Civitella d'Agliano is a town of nearly 1700 inhabitants which is about 30 km from Viterbo.

    The town is located on a tuff hill in the northern part of the province of Viterbo, known as Upper Tuscia. The landscape around Civitella d'Agliano is quite hilly and wooded. The very special gullies, protrusions of typical whitish clay of the area, make the landscape even more impressive. The village is typically medieval.

    Inside it stand the Monaldeschi Tower, the imposing ramparts and the old parish church. Its internal architecture with narrow streets and small squares is the emblem of its medieval nature. Civitella is the ideal place for those who want to rediscover the ancient history in a country surrounded by green hills of Tuscia.

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  • History of Civitella d'Agliano

    Civitella d'Agliano is a medieval village situated on a hill sloping towards the Tiber valley and has historically been populated, as most of the surrounding cities, by the Etruscans and later by the Romans.

    Their presence is infact evidenced by some findings of tombs, remains of villas and ceramic artifacts. With the Roman Empire the peasants fled to the hills, from where it was possible to see the hordes of barbarians and therefore organize a proper defense.

    Dating back to medieval times there are many buildings, among which the Monaldeschi Tower, the bastion and the Parish Church.

    We do not have precise news about the exact date of the origin of Civitella and its castle, but probably the castle was built around the XI from Bagnoregio Conti, whose descendants took the surname of Monaldeschi.

    In the first half of the fourteenth century the lords of Civitella were all Ghibellines and therfore opponents of the temporal power of the Popes, for this reason Orvieto ordered the destruction of the castle and the replacement of the Monaldeschi with the Orsini, which were Guelfs.

    After the settlement of the Orsini the castle was rebuilt, but their rule lasted little after it and in 1329 the Monaldeschi returned again in Civitella. From here the power was disputed between the Civitellas, the Vico and the Monaldeschi, until in 1415, the village became property of the Apostolic Camera.

    Leo X in 1517 renewed the fief of Civitella D'Agliano to the City of Orvieto, while in 1564 it became a municipality of Civitella, a tributary of the Patrimony of St. Peter, until its annexation to the Kingdom of Italy in 1870.

  • Events Civitella d'Agliano

    • Festival of beer and pizza: in mid-August this manifestation is held in the wonderful town of Civitella d'Agliano. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy pizza and beer of quality.
    • Water festival: to celebrate the connection of areas of Torriti, Liticata and Cecca -the aqueduct water supply of Civitella d'Agliano- every year since 2005 a global dinner is organized.
    • Wine Festival - In the Grechetto lands: from late July to mid-August this is the right occasion to taste great wine in Civitella d'Agliano. Food stands, tastings and visits to wineries and vineyards are organized.
    • International exhibition of Fine Arts: between July and August, the medieval village of Civitella d'Agliano is filled with cultural activities, in memory of the world's most famous artists.

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  • Typical Products of Civitella d'Agliano

    • Grechetto wine: red and white wine. The white one has a delicate and vinous smell, while the taste is dry and fruity with a slight bitter aftertaste. The Red instead has a very distinctive and fragrant smell, while the taste is dry fruity and very harmonious.