Via Cassia/Strada Doganale Oriolese: 60km

Via Cassia/Strada Doganale Oriolese: 60km

Another day in the province of Viterbo, across a height, we pass southwest by the Lago di Vico, without getting close to it however. Before Capranica, we hike on a road with the beautiful name «Strada Doganale Oriolense», it's surprising what you can do with a former border road surviving lonely in a forest....

Capranica is a Middle-Aged beauty, whith the old center of the place built on a tuff hill, with a city wall and a water ditch around it, which is quite common in this area.

Hazelnut plantation close to Botte

Hazelnut plantation close to Botte

Our destination Sutri is in an area, which was inhabited by Etruscans during pre-roman times. This ethnic group had its cultural culmination from the 7th till the 4th century b.Chr. The upcoming roman population however conquered these areas and the etruscan culture got substituted by the roman one. In Sutri, an amphitheatre sculptured out of the tuff rocks and etruscan graveyards are witnesses of those times.

Note(s)

The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the most frequented section from Lausanne to Rome.