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Pretty little town near Lake Bolsena

  • Discover Onano

    Onano is a center of just over 1,000 inhabitants, which is about 55 km from Viterbo.

    The village lies on Volsini mountains in the northern part of the province, on a territory which lies on the border between Lazio and Tuscany.

    A few kilometers from Lake Bolsena and the nature reserve Monte Rufeno, Onano is a small medieval village with very picturesque alleys and squares.

    The village's economy is mainly based on agriculture, vocation that Onano has had since ancient times. Indeed some findings appear to show that, already in Etruscan times, this area was a rich agricultural colony.

    Among the products grown in Onano there is definitely the lentil, to discover the best during the festival of lentils, one of the most interesting events related to this area.

    The medieval village is full of enchanting views and it is dominated by the fabulous Palazzo Monaldeschi of Cervara, now the Town Hall.

    But Onano is also nature. All around the village, infact, runs a wide expanse of green space and trails, fields, meadows and forests, turning the entire the panorama really unique.

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  • History of Onano

    The territory of Onano has ancient origins, dating back to prehistoric times, of which some findings testify. Subsequently the area was first inhabited by the Umbrians and later by the Etruscans.

    Even after the Roman occupation, the area remained undisturbed for a long time and the people who lived there gave birth to four groups of inhabitants, which over time became four villages. The union of these four villages created the first real town of Onano whose earliest records date back to the Medieval period.

    Until the twelfth century P.C. in fact, we do not have definite informations about Onano. The only information we have is related to the fact that the districts of the village became part of the Lombard Tuscany, now owned fiefdom of Matilde di Canossa. In 1077 she then gave the territory to the Roman Church, along with many of her other possessions.

    The first official news about Onano occurred around the twelfth century with a document in which it is reported that the village belonged to the Count Marcantonio Montemarte.

    Onano was involved in the conflicts between Guelphs and Ghibellines, and for a time it also fell under the domain of Orvieto. From this moment on, the village was contested between the Umbrian Cities and the Papacy, because of its strategic position between Lazio and Tuscany.

    Then the great noble families of the Monaldeschi and Sforza alternated each other, remaining in Onano throughout the Renaissance period.

    The village was also property of the Sforza family in the sixteenth century, despite attempts by the Farnese to annex the Onano to their Duchy of Castro. However, in the seventeenth century it went back to the Church, to which it remained until in 1871 became part of the Kingdom of Italy.

  • Events Onano

    • Festival of the lentils of Onano: in the first ten days of August, Onano celebrates the lentil, a typical product of the area. Many events, food stands and live music.
    • Sacred Representation of the Passion of Christ: reenactment of the Passion of Christ with a procession and characters.
    • Spring Festival: at the end of May, we celebrate the Spring with many food stalls and shows.
    • Live nativity scene: on the occasion of the holiday season, to Onano there is a striking representation of the Nativity, with many characters and a really charming setting.

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  • Typical Products of Onano

    • Onano lentils::rounded and very tasty lentils, brown colored. It grows very well in the volcanic soil of the area. Excellent on its own or as a side dish.
    • High Viterbese PGI Potato: Quality of compact pasted potatoes, great for the realization of gnocchi, but also to be eaten alone.