Set in a characteristic natural landscape, this small medieval village is located 100 kilometres from Rome in the Tuscia area. It developed following the commercial increase in Peperino stone quarrying.
Vitorchiano stands on a cliff atop large conical rocks that overlook the surrounding gullies.
The little piazzas, alleys, and buildings characterized by the external stairs, balconies and arches of Vitorchiano never cease to astound and amaze tourists.
Moreover the unique geographical position makes the surrounding territory a favourable habitat for numerous species of wild animals such as foxes, martens, weasels, hawks, owls, hares and wild boars.
The flora is equally varied, a wealth of beautiful flowers and wild fruits, as well as the lush undergrowth with juniper, ferns, broom, holly and numerous species of edible mushrooms including the tasty porcino.
You must visit the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) which houses a series of important archival documents, the Casa del Podestà and churches of Sant’Amanzio and Santa Maria Assunta that conserve important works of art inside.
Few people know the only Moai (typical monolithic sculpture of Easter Island) existing in Italy is in Vitorchiano.
Some typical local dishes are simply an invitation to visit the city of Vitorchiano.
Among these we remember the cavatello, a typical pasta made with water and flour, seasoned with tomato and fennel, and the Vitorchianese salted aniseed doughnut, known as San Michele’s doughnut.
Also try the lamb cacciatore, the garofalato.
There are very good hazelnuts and chestnuts to pair with excellent local wine.