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The village where past and present meet together

  • Discover Lubriano

    Set in the green hills on the border with Umbria, Lubriano stands on a tuff promontory that extends along the Calanchi Valley (calanchi means badlands).

    Along the road from Lubriano to Bagnoregio, you will come across a fountain that seems to welcome the visitors with a special engraving: "You who in summer are walking this way and have a looming thirst, stop here to drink at this source of water blessed by the Pidocchio, which not only quench your thirst, but also refreshes your eye".

    The historic center follows the trend of tuffaceous promontory on which is placed and dominates the Calanchi Valley. Inside the main square, Piazza San Giovanni Battista, boasts a very impressive landscape of the valley and of Civita di Bagnoregio. Within the city, a gray tuff tower stands imperiously and becomes a solid reference point for locals and visitors.

    To visit, the Church of San Giovanni Battista and the Palazzo Bourbon del Monte, fabulous examples of Baroque architecture. Through ancient alleys, arches and squares, the medieval quarters of Lubriano open up in all their old charm.

    The name of Lubriano is thought to descend from the Etruscan "Lùbrie", which means "place of purification", probably due to the exceptional abundance of spring waters. Waters that have long been managed and controlled by the Lubrianos. you can also visit an old pumping station that holds within it even a pair of piston pumps of the first half of the twentieth century.

    For all lovers of botany an obvious choice is the Museo del Fiore, housed in a beautiful old water mill. In the "Garden of Lavaglioni", you can discover and enjoy a special kind of salad, the Lavaglione, fresh and with excellent diuretic properties. Also the "Garden of Wild Fruits" and the "Garden of edible herbs" are offering visitors the chance to taste the fruits from their trees and learn about edible wild herbs.

    In short, Lubriano is a charming medieval village, enriched by Etruscan and Roman culture, in which taste, art and culture find fertile ground to grow into.

  • What to see in Lubriano

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  • History of Lubriano

    The territory of Lubriano was inhabited since prehistoric times, as evidenced by many findings of flint tools and even remains of a small Bronze Age village.

    In Etruscan times Lubriano was part of the state of Volsinii, the current Orvieto. There are not many traces of the Etruscan period, except the presence of some tombs, a cut (ie a road encased in a tufa) and a rudimentary aqueduct consists of an intricate network of tunnels.

    In 265 A.C. after the fall of Volsinii, the Romans took possession of the territory of Lubriano and the area was colonized for agricultural purposes. To this epoch date back to the remains of clay material and structures related to a dense road network, created in order to connect the Lubrianese territory to the river Tiber's ports and to Rome.

    Like many of the other cities of Tuscia, after the fall of the Roman Empire the territory saw a succession of numerous barbarian invasions that destroyed the whole area. Farming settlements were abandoned in favor of less accessible and more defensible locations.

    This area was the scene of the greek-gothic war between the Goths and the Byzantines and ithe Seppie Castle is believed to belong to this period. At this stage succeded the Lombard rule.

    In 1140 Lubriano and the neighboring lands, subject to Feudalism, began a war of liberation, which lasted over 20 years, which was followed by a brief occupation by Frederick Barbarossa. Later the territory was ceded to the Holy See.

    In the fourteenth century Lubriano watched helplessly to the wars between the two opposing factions: the Guelphs, led by the Monaldeschi and the Ghibellines, led by Filippeschi, who competed for sovereignty over the country.

    Between the end of the fourth century and the beginning of the fifth Lubriano saw the succession of many events, including the submission to Corrado Berardo Monaldeschi, the sacked from Ladislao King of Naples and the continuing conflict with neighboring Bagnoregio.

    Towards the middle of the fifteenth century Lubriano was occupied by the French troops of Charles VIII.

    In the sixteenth century, during the sack of Rome by the Lanzichenecchi, Lubriano also suffered the invasion of these people. From this moment on there aren't other historical events of great importance for the city of Lubriano, ecxept the building of the "Tower of the Sun" and some expansions in the Church of the Madonna del Poggio.

  • Events Lubriano

    • Festival of the Chianina steak: in July in Lubriano there are four days of celebration and events with a rich menu based on Chianina meat.
    • Wine festival in the Calanchi Valley: in late July and throughout the first half of August Lubriano celebrates the wines produced from its own vineyards, with many tastings and events.
    • Herbs: edible wild herbs of various kinds, including chicory and dandelion.
    • Honey: In the valleys of Lubriano honey of excellent quality is a product. It has dark golden color and a rich unmistakeable flavor.

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  • Typical Products of Lubriano

    • Herbs: edible wild herbs of various kinds, including chicory and dandelion.
    • Honey: In the valleys of Lubriano honey of excellent quality is a product. It has dark golden color and a rich unmistakeable flavor.