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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to embark on a journey through Orte: – Orte is a captivating town located in the province of Viterbo, in the central Italian region of Lazio. It is nestled about 60 kilometres north of Rome and approximately 24 kilometres east of Viterbo. This town is perched on a high tuff cliff, encircled to the North and East by a bend of the Tiber River. The town’s history is rich and diverse, with influences from the Etruscans, Romans, and the Middle Ages. The Etruscans inhabited the area from the 6th century BC and called it Hurta. The Romans, who were victorious in two major battles against the Etruscans near Orte, later dominated the area. Orte is an important road and rail hub, making it easily accessible for visitors. It is also a popular tourist destination, known for its medieval festival and archery competitions. The town offers a variety of attractions, including the Orte Sotterranea, a historic walking area, and the Terme di Orte, a thermal spa. Visitors can also explore Orte’s wineries and vineyards, farms, and historic sites. The town’s architecture is a testament to its rich history, with churches, cathedrals, and ancient ruins adding to its charm. Orte is a town that beautifully blends history, culture, and natural beauty, offering a unique experience to its visitors.

Via del Ponte is a street in Orte which runs from Via de Dominicis to Via Amerina. (Photo 1) – Via de Dominicis is a street in Orte which runs from Via del Ponte to Via le Piane. (Photos 2-3-4) – Via G. Matteotti is a street in Orte which runs from Via Pubblica Passeggiata to Piazza della Libertà. (Photos 5-6-7-8-9-10-18-19) – Monumento ai Caduti nella Grande Guerra (Monument to the Fallen in the Great War) is a memorial in Orte. It is located on the street Via Giordano Bruno, near the historical centre of the town. It was inaugurated in 1925 and designed by sculptor Guido Calori. It consists of a marble column with a bronze soldier and a stone angel with closed wings on top, and a wounded victim of the 1916 bombing at the base. On the sides, there are two olive trees, symbolizing peace. (Photo 11) – Via Giordano Bruno is a street in Orte which runs from Via G. Matteotti and returns to Via G. Matteotti close to Chiesa di Sant’Agostino. (Photos 12-13-14-15-16-17) – Piazza Colonna is a square in the town of Orte. It is located near the historical centre of the town, and it is named after a column that was erected there in the 16th century by the Orsini family, who ruled Orte at the time. The column is decorated with the coat of arms of the Orsini and the papal tiara, as a sign of their loyalty to the Pope. (Photo 20-21) – Via della Vittoria is a street in Orte which runs from Via G. Matteotti to Via Novara. (Photo 23) – Piazza d’Erba is as charming small square in Orte and can be found along Via della Vittoria (Photo 24) – Piazza del Plebiscito is is the main square of the town and is home to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption (Photos 22-25-28-29-30) – The Concattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, also known as the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, is the primary place of worship in Orte. The cathedral stands in front of the Piazza della Libertà in Orte and It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. A church existed on this site as early as the 9th century. Over time, it underwent refurbishments and reconstructions. The cathedral has a single nave in a late Baroque style and Solid rows of pilasters flank the nave, leading to a crossing topped by a small dome. The white marble west front, adorned with decorative volutes, was added between 1898 and 1901. (Photos 25-26-27) – Piazza Federico Fratini is a charming square located in Orte. Piazza Federico Fratini is situated in the heart of Orte and beneath the square lies a network of tunnels, including a central one that connects to the main conduit. After a journey of approximately 30 meters along the right-hand tunnel, visitors can explore the interior of the cistern of Piazza Fratini. The square holds historical significance and offers a glimpse into the hidden layers of Orte’s past. (Photos 31-32-33) – Via Principe Umberto is a street in Orte which runs from Via Giuseppe Garibaldi to Via della Rocca. (Photos 34-35-36-37-38-39-40-41-42-43) – Via della Rocca is a street in Orte which runs from Via Principe Umberto to Via del Rifugio. (Photos 44-45-46) – Via Antonio Gramsci is a street in Orte which runs from Porta del Vascellaro to Via G. Matteotti. (Photos 47-48)

Orte Cuisine: – Orte it is known for its medieval architecture and its natural hot springs. Orte’s cuisine is influenced by the local ingredients and traditions, as well as by the neighbouring regions of Umbria and Tuscany. Some of the typical dishes of Orte are: – Pasta alla carbonara ortana: a variation of the classic Roman dish, made with spaghetti, eggs, cheese, bacon, and black pepper. The difference is that the bacon is cooked with onion and white wine, and the cheese is a mix of pecorino and parmigiano. – Cinghiale in umido: a stew of wild boar meat, cooked with red wine, tomato, rosemary, garlic, and bay leaves. It is usually served with polenta or bread. – Frittelle di fiori di zucca: fried fritters of zucchini flowers, stuffed with mozzarella and anchovies. They are a popular appetizer or snack, especially in summer. – Torta di ricotta e cioccolato: a cake made with ricotta cheese, chocolate, eggs, sugar, and lemon zest. It is a rich and moist dessert, often sprinkled with powdered sugar or cocoa.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk 1 – Via del Ponte to Piazza d’Erba
Approximately 1.60 km – 0.99 miles

The walk starts in Via del Ponte – Via de Dominicis – Via G. Matteotti – Monumento ai Caduti nella Grande Guerra, Via Giordano Bruno – Via Giordano Bruno – Piazza del Popolo – Via G. Matteotti – Piazza Colonna – Via G. Matteotti – Piazza del Plebiscito – Via della Vittoria – Piazza d’Erba

Photo Gallery of  Walk 2 – Piazza della Libertà to Via A. Gramsci
Approximately 0.62 km – 0.39 miles

The walk starts in Piazza della Libertà – Concattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Via G. Roscio – Piazza Federico Fratini – Via Principe Umberto – Via della Rocca – Via A. Gramsci – Piazza della Libertà