One of the most beautiful landscapes of Tuscia (the ancient southern Etruria) is that enjoyed from the medieval walls of Tuscania, city of art in the province of Viterbo, surrounded by a sweet and intact countryside, for the most part protected as a natural reserve. To begin learning about the town’s past, you can go to the National Tuscanese Museum that collects sarcophaguses in tuff and funeral objects found in the tombs of the most important families of Tuscania, between the IV and II centuries B.C. At the end of the nineteenth-century, it was the habit to use the sarcophaguses found in the sepulchres in urban planning, and for this it’s not surprising that we find them in the central Piazza Basile, site of the town hall, and also in churches and historical buildings.
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Another pleasant place in Tuscania is Piazza Bastianini, dominated by the seventeenth-century Great fountain and Duomo. The two splendid churches of Saint Mary Major and Saint Peter, just outside of the walls, are must-sees. In Tuscania, as in all of Tuscia, eating well is easy by trusting the hearty and genuine cuisine, essentially “local”. Among the specialty first plates of the territory are the classic “lombrichelli” (fresh pasta made of flour and water) dressed in different ways, bean soups and acquacotta (a type of soup or stew). Among the main courses are wild boar meat, lamb and baby lamb, the countryside “panzanella” (a salad of bread and vegetables) and the cauliflower fritters. Among the deserts, the special pan piazza made of corn flour, sugar, cinnamon and raisins called “diomenguardi” is worth trying.