Cimini Mountains: the green heart of Tuscia

The Cimini Mountains are a chain of reliefs of volcanic origin that extends into Lazio, in the province of Viterbo. They are part of the Lazio Anti-Apennines, a band of mountains that separates the Po Valley from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Cimini Mountains are rich in history, nature and culture, and offer numerous reasons of interest for visitors.

The main characteristic of the Cimini Mountains is the presence of two extinct volcanoes: Monte Cimino, 1,053 meters high, and Monte Venere, 851 meters high. The first is covered by a centuries-old beech forest, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2017, for its biodiversity and ecological value. The second is home to Lake Vico, one of the most beautiful and cleanest lakes in Italy, surrounded by an enchanting landscape, where you can practice water sports, excursions and picnics.

The Cimini Mountains are also witnesses of a long history, which has its roots in the prehistoric and protohistoric era. Remains of Neolithic and Bronze Age villages have been found on their peaks, demonstrating the presence of ancient populations. The Romans conquered the Cimini Mountains in 310 BC, after overcoming the dense and feared Silva Ciminia, and built roads, aqueducts and villas there. In the Middle Ages, the Cimini Mountains were the scene of battles between the municipalities and the feudal lords, who built castles, fortresses and fortified villages there. In the Renaissance, the Cimini Mountains became the favorite holiday destination of popes and nobles, who built splendid palaces and gardens there, such as the Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola and the Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo.

The Cimini Mountains are also a gastronomic destination, where you can taste the typical products of Tuscia, such as extra virgin olive oil, wine, honey, cheeses, cured meats, mushrooms, chestnuts and Sant'Anselmo biscuits . Among the most famous festivals and festivals, we highlight the Hazelnut Festival in Caprarola, the Chestnut Festival in Soriano nel Cimino, the Potato Festival in Vetralla and the Porcini Mushroom Festival in Canepina.