Latera

In a naturalistically strategic point between Lake Bolsena, the Tyrrhenian Sea and Mount Amiata, the hamlet of Latera is nestled in the Caldera, where underground geothermal effusions are still released.

The origin of this medieval village is lost in time: in fact, along with the Etruscan and Roman finds, numerous remains have come to light from the Neolithic period.

Traversed by the Path of the Brigante, there are many monuments to visit in Latera, including the Church of San Giuseppe, the Church of the Madonna del Carmine, the Church of the Madonna della Cava, the Church of San Rocco, the  Piazza della Rocca and Palazzo Farnese, “La Rocca” built by the Farnese family in 1500, an indelible sign, owned by the family until their extinction, in 1668.

The four fountains are characteristic of the village: sparkling water also flows from these, and they mark the four districts, which developed in the Middle Ages around Palazzo Farnese and the church.

Housed in a granary dating to 1100, formerly of the Cistercian monks of Mount Amiata, is the Rural Museum, Museo della Terra, opened in Latera in 2001, with a collection of almost 2000 tools of rural, artisan and everyday life.

Some of the most cherished events: the night procession of the Dead Christ on Good Friday, with the late 17th-century Gregorian chants handed down orally; the last two Sundays of October celebrate chestnuts with the Sagra del Marrone; the patron saint San Clemente is celebrated on November 23, in ancient times in conjunction with the tradition of slaughtering a pig.

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