Celleno, a “ghost village” in the province of Viterbo, famous for its Cherry Festival (which returns on the weekend of 12 and 13 June after the stop imposed by Covid). A quaint village, perched on a tuff spur and overlooking the beautiful Lake Bolsena.
Celleno is an important village in Lazio for the greenery and nature that surround it, for its castle, for the red tuff houses that characterize it. The origins of the Viterbo village date back to the 13th century BC but it is likely that the area was already inhabited in the Neolithic age.
It was a destination of conquest of the Etruscans and Romans, due to its proximity to Viterbo. The ancient village is part of the Teverina wine route. Its name is thought to derive from “cell”, meant as “cave”. Struck by landslides, epidemics and other fatal events, today Celleno is a “ghost village” protected by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano).
What to see in Celleno
It is worth organizing a trip out of town to Celleno to visit its picturesque old town, made up of alleys and tuff houses. The Orsini Castle is imposing, the main attraction of the village together with the Church of San Rocco and the water sources, such as L’acqua Forte (so called for its ferruginous flavor).
What to eat in Celleno
Cherries are the great protagonists of this village in the province of Viterbo, so much so that they are the protagonists of a festival and a festival that is held every year and which celebrates the typical fruit with many recipes and with the traditional “spit of the hazelnut”. traditional local products, the extra virgin olive oil Tuscia DOP also stands out. Typical recipes include baked whitefish, sea bream in a zucchini and potato crust, pasta with chestnuts, chickpea and chestnut soup. The wine from the vineyards of Viterbo and Tuscia is also renowned.
Here are some restaurants to eat in Celleno: San rocco, wine and typical cuisine, Mediterranean Restaurant Pizzeria Bar. Nearby: Magna Civita (Civita di Bagnoregio) and Alma Civita (Civita di Bagnoregio).
Where sleeping in Celleno
In Celleno there is no shortage of solutions to stay overnight. Above all B & Bs, holiday homes, farmhouses. Among these there are, for example: B&B San Rocco, the Antico Fienile, the holiday home Il Geranio.
How to reach Celleno from Rome
Celleno is 116 km from Rome for a journey time of about 1 hour and a half. To reach Celleno from Rome, take A1dir / E35, A1 / E45 and SS675 towards SP Acquarossa / Str. Pian del Cerro in Viterbo. Take the Bagnaia Montefiascone exit. Continue on SP Acquarossa. Take Strada Teverina / SP5 in the direction of SP11 in Celleno.
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