San Venanzo

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San Venanzo, in the middle of a region characterized by extended wood areas and green plains (to be mentioned the near Monte Peglia), like a large part of the villages of the Orvietano region, finds its origins during the Etruscan period. In 1200 it suffers the annexation to the territories of the near Orvieto; the biggest architectural development, characterized by an imposing system of towers and castles, takes place during the Middle Age. Rural and wood center of first importance, it has developed in the last years a flourishing handicraft activity, very active in the area of the terracotta.

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San Venanzo, near Mount Peglia, was born on the ridge of one of three active volcanoes about 265,000 years ago and here is in fact the Volcanological Park of San Venanzo, which offers the opportunity to observe tuff rings, tuffaceous ramparts and lava flows including the world-famous “Venanzite”. Inside the village is housed the Volcanological Museum, which is aimed at enhancing the geological features that distinguish the territory, allowing to deepen the study of the wooden rocks, metamorphism and shapes of the volcano, through the path of exhibition rooms equipped with interactive panels, equipment, microscopes, collections and materials from around the world. Inside the museum it is possible to visit the Antiquarium in which some finds from the Etruscan site of Poggio delle Civitelle, near Mount Peglia, can be seen.

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