Keeping in line with the historical time warp, enjoy a glass of wine in a 16th century building to wind down. With an assortment of wines worth savouring and local Italian food, the candlelit Roman wine bar Mimì e Cocò sets the stage for a perfect evening after a busy day.
After spending time in Rome make your way north to central Italy and start your self-guided La Tuscia tour, for the chance to escape the crowded tourism spots. Starting at the southern border of Tuscany and ending in the Umbrian city of Orvieto, this tour covers 63km across six days. The area is known for its historic towns, with Tuscany often referred to as ‘the land of the Etruscans’. The ancient Etruscan civilization made many technological advancements inventing certain types of metalwork, civil engineering ideas that paved the way into building Roman roads, and winemaking.
Wander through ancient woods via several Etruscan towns dating back to between 700 and 300BC. One such town, Sovana, offers an enlightening historical experience from the seventh century with cathedrals and elaborately carved tombs and statues. The Sovana Cathedral, built in the ninth century, was documented in a charter by Pope Nicholas II in 1061. The architectural history of this Roman Catholic cathedral saw the inclusion of the new architectural style created by the Romans – Romanesque architecture. Today this architectural style is referred to as Norman architecture. Sovana also offers visitors the chance to walk down sunken dirt roads to the ancient Etruscan tombs. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the Siren Tomb is finely detailed with an image of the Etruscan Sea Goddess. Showing an eroded mermaid with two tails guarded by two figures, the tomb beautifully demonstrates the creativity of architecture in the era Before Christ (BC). The walk from the second oldest continually inhabited town in Italy, Sovana, to Sorano takes you past more Etruscan tombs before leading you through red poppy-filled pastures, olive groves and a collections of vineyards.