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Tuscia, The Hidden Gem of Italy


Tuscia is the hidden gem of Italy that remains relatively unknown to most people outside of Italy. Despite its obvious beauty and wealth of attractions. Tuscia’s name comes from the Latin name Tusci meaning people from Etruria, which was the ancient civilization in central Italy with Rome being its capital. 

The region was originally referred to as Latium, but after Rome conquered the region and defeated its last king it began to be referred to as Tuscia or Etruria.

Where Is Tuscia?

Tuscia (or Tuscany) is a region in central Italy. The capital is Viterbo and it lies along one of the smallest Italian peninsulas; it’s a small region but has many tourist attractions. It is part of what was known as Latium before being settled by Etruscan tribes that lived along its coast and in its interior.

Where to go in Tuscia

Lake Bolsena:

Scenic and charming Lake Bolsena is considered one of Tuscia’s finest treasures. It’s a prime location for boating, swimming and all kinds of fun in the sun. Located just south of Rome, Lake Bolsena is a hidden gem worth exploring with your family on your next trip to Tuscany.

Bracciano castle 

One of the largest castles in Europe , Bracciano Castle was built over a period of decades by a series of Italian noble families and served as refuge to Popes and other high-profile individuals. Today it’s open for public tours (and has been since 2013) – a great way to learn about its history while enjoying stunning views of Lake Bracciano . Tours are offered daily from 9:30am – 6pm (except on Mondays). Tickets cost €7 for adults, €4 for children under 14.

Lake Bracciano:

If you’re looking for an authentic Italian getaway from Rome, Lake Bracciano is a little gem just outside of Tuscany’s borders. Surrounded by medieval walls and castles on one side and bordered by vineyards on another, Lake Bracciano is arguably one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes.

Santa Severa beach

Tuscia is a region in central Italy that lies to the south-east of Rome. It encompasses three provinces: Viterbo, Rieti and Viterbo. These regions are known for their beautiful landscapes and historical significance. Tuscia has also been referred to as the green heart of Italy because it is mostly hilly and has large swaths of forest land.

Trevignano Romano

A small town in Tuscany between Rome and Naples. 15 minutes from Viterbo. The majority population is over 50%. Trevignano Romano was once known as Montecelio, but changed its name in 1921. Trevignano Romano is located along Via Appia (Appian Way) which is one of Italy’s most important and oldest roads.

Where to Eat?

Enoteca degli ostinati:

This restaurant is a little off-the-beaten path, but well worth taking your time to find. If you are heading out to Tuscia just be sure not to miss it. Their wines are amazing and they have some really delicious food options! This is definitely a place where you will want to plan an entire evening. When you do come here try out their tagliatelle con salsiccia e pomodoro fresco.

Il Grottino:

This is a must-visit place if you’re in Tuscia. It’s an ancient restaurant that has been around for hundreds of years and is well known among locals. It’s often frequented by famous actors and politicians. The truffle pasta here is nothing short of amazing. This is a truly authentic Italian experience! 

What to do in Tuscia?

Viterbo thermal baths:

Viterbo has been known as a town filled with thermal springs since Roman times. Many ancient baths have been excavated in recent years to reveal their surprising size and luxury. A visit to Viterbo cannot be complete without taking a dip in its thermal waters; but you don’t have to wait until your next trip to Italy: many modern bath facilities allow anyone to enjoy a relaxing soak in mineral-rich waters for a small fee.

Saturnia natural pools

Tuscia is a hidden gem in Italy. This small region that is part of Central Italy is home to endless stretches of natural beauty, including saturnia thermal pools. These hot springs can be found all over Tuscany and were believed to have healing properties in Roman times. Today you can spend time relaxing in these mineral-rich pools at any one of five locations around Tuscany. These are especially great for those with rheumatic ailments as well as joint pains and arthritis.

Towns to visit in Tuscia:


A place to be included in any list of hidden gems in Italy would be Tuscania. It is tucked away in Lazio, a region east of Rome. Tuscania is an ideal location for tourists who want to explore the beauty and history that much of Italy has to offer but prefer a setting that is more isolated from larger cities like Rome or Milan. Only some fifty kilometers from Rome itself Tuscania offers a slower pace and a quieter setting.


Once you arrive in Viterbo, set some time aside to visit Piazza del Plebiscito and its surroundings. The area is beautiful with many shops and cafes around. Before going to your accommodation make sure you visit Le Fontane di Diana which features natural springs and fountains. Enjoy it during warm months because there is an outdoor pool that has a nice view of Viterbo’s countryside.

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