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Valentano, il paese tra Lago e Mare

  • Discover Valentano

    Valentano is a town in the province of Viterbo, which is located in South­West of Lake Bolsena.

    The village, typically medieval, is situated on a hill of the Volsini montaneous chain and it is surrounded by the peaks of the Apennines, The Mount Amiata and the Cimini Mountains. This means that the landscape that you can enjoy from Valentano is truly breathtaking.

    The imposing castle that dominates the town dates back to the early years of the rule of the Farnese and was built on the ruins of an ancient fortification. It is definitely a place to visit, also because it houses the Museum of Prehistory of Tuscia and the Rocca Farnese.

    Very interesting are also the events taking place in the city, among which we remember the Palio, in late July and early August, where an equestrian race and a parade are organized.

  • What to see in Valentano

  • Video of Valentano

  • History of Valentano

    The territory of Valentano has been inhabited since prehistoric times; there are important finds of places dwelling villages in the Lake Mezzano. There is little evidence about the Etruscan era, restricted to the areas of Spinetto, Vallone, Saint Lucia and Monte Becco. Instead there are many artifacts from the Roman era, such as roads and rustic villas.

    In the Middle Ages, the first news of the city in its present name dates back to a manual of 813 P.C. Belonging to the Summary of Farfa, while the "Balentanu" moniker appears in other documents related to the Abbey of San Salvatore on Mount Amiata from 844 P.C. Linked to this period we also have the presence of the ruined castle of Mezzano (827 P.C.) and the villages of Villa delle Fontane (839 P.C.).

    In the middle of the fourteenth century the town became a possession of the Farnese, whose indelible traces are found in Valentano itself and in the surrounding countries. The Farnese settled permanently in Valentano, after Cardinal Albornoz gave them the fortress built by the Farnese themselves along with numerous churches.

    The various disputes between the Farnese and the Apostolic Campaign ended up with the War of Castro (1649 P.C.). With the destruction of Castro, Valentano became the administrative center of the Castrense and here was transferred the historical archive.

    After this series of events, around the first half of the eighteenth century, the Farnese left the village and the fortress was transformed into a monastery until 1930.

    The city was part of the League of Municipalities of Castro which opposed to the temporal power of the Popes. It was the seat of a garrison of Papal Zouaves and while celebrating the capture of Rome (1870), the Zouaves set fire to the historical archive of the City cards, so there are no more tracks left.

    During the two world wars the fallen were many, both military and civilian, and to them was dedicated in 2004 a commemorative plaque, placed in the are where, during the Second World War, a shot of artillery caused the death of seven civilians.

  • Events Valentano

    • Cedar Fair and various goods: the event takes place during the second half of May and in this occasion the streets of the downtown are filled with stalls selling cedars and other delicious products.
    • Palio of the Districts: between late July and early August, we celebrate the Palio with a horse race and traditional historical parade.
    • "Let's have dinner together" -­ Festival of lamb Bujone: three evenings in late August of good taste, with shows and live music.
    • Circulation of the straight furrow and Feast of the Assumption: Circulation of the straight furrow and Feast of the Assumption: at the dawn of the 15th of August, on the hills and through the plan a furrow in the crop in traced to honour the agriculture. The next day there is a procession of Our Lady of the Assumption with the possibility of tasting biscuits and grapes.

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  • Typical Products of Valentano

    • Ceci with a straight furrow: vegetables rich in potassium, with a smooth surface and a whitish color. Great on its own and as a side dish of typical local dishes.
    • Ferrgosto's "Cookie":typical dessert of Valentano, baked in the occasion of Ferragosto.
    • Cheeses: PDO Pecorino, caciocavallo and cottage cheese are some of the quality products of Valentano.
    • Bujone lamb: lamb cooked in an earthenware pot with garlic, olive oil, wine, rosemary, tomato and salt.