Agriturismo Cerqueto lays in the northern part of the Lazio region, near the border with Tuscany and Umbria. The farmhouse is favorably positioned to many cities with historical value, beautiful parks, thermal baths and the beaches at Montalto di Castro.
The nearby town of Acquapendente is an important agricultural area. In addition, it is well known for the craftsmanship in pottery. Lake Bolsena is just 20 km away and is easily reachable in about twenty minutes. In the immediate surroundings you will find the natural park of Turona and several Etruscan excavations such as the Temple of the Etruscan town of Civita d'Arlena. The city of Orvieto, at 30 kilometers, has a classic beauty that should not be missed during a vacation in this area. You can visit several thermal sites in the region, for example Fonteverde in San Casciano dei Bagni .
Acquapendente (3 km)
Acquapendente is connected to Rome by the Via Francigena, an important Etruscan and Roman path that dates back to the 9th century. Its two fractions, Torre Alfina and Trevinano, both have an ancient medieval castle that allow visitors. The most important festival in the city of Acquapendente is dedicated to the Madonna del Fiore on the 3rd Sunday of May in which you can enjoy the 'Pugnaloni', a parade completely covered with petals of flowers. These exceptional pieces of art are prepared and kept inside the Duomo until the following year.
Torre Alfina (13 km)
Torre Alfina is a hamlet of the town of Acquapendente and is has won the precious contest of 'Borghi più belli di Italia', in other words the most beautiful medieval fortress of Italia. The castle had, among its owners, also the marquis Cahen. This was very much linked to the territory to choose it as his burial place. The remains of the Marquis are enclosed in a mausoleum in the Gothic Bosco Sasseto Torre Alfina, just outside the village. It lies on the border of the Monte Rufeno Natural Park and the monumental woods of the Sasseto, which can be accessed directly from the public gardens of the village.
Civita di Bagnoregio (32 km)
Known as "the dying city", Civita di Bagnoregio has experienced a new life, in the last years. This small village on the border between Umbria and Lazio, is literally reborn. Considered one of the most beautiful in Italy, it has recorded more than 800 thousand visitors. The definition 'dying city' comes directly from Bonaventura Tecchi, who defined this fabulous village in honor (or because) of the hill of tuff where rests, eroded by two small torrents, but also by the rain and the wind. Behind the country, there are the calanchi, the clay waves that leave space to enormous towers, like that one of the Montione and the so-called Cattedrale. A nickname, then, that today is the legend of Civita di Bagnoregio, founded over 2500 years ago, by the Etruscan's, perfectly summing up the uniqueness of the landscape.
Lago di Bolsena (20 km)
Lake Bolsena is sometimes called Italy's belly button from its shape and location in the middle of the peninsula. Lake Bolsena is the largest lake in the region of northern Lazio, but it is the largest volcanic lake in all of Europe. It was formed about 370,000 years ago, when the multiple volcanoes of the region spewed forth so much that the underlying rock in the area of the lake, the caldera, collapsed into a deep bowl. The lake covers an area of 115 sq km (44 sq miles) and has a circumference of 43km or 28 miles.
The lake has many sandy beaches around for seashore activities and it is particularly suited for families with small children because, particularly in the mornings, the lake tends to be very calm. The beaches are dark sand volcanic beaches however with some pebbles. There are many water related activities available at the lake like motor boating, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing and fishing. To see Lake Bolsena best is to see it by boat. The lake has two scenic ports at nearly opposite ends: Bolsena and Capodimonte. You can rent boats at each port or take a lake excursion.
Orvieto (30 km)
Sitting astride a volcanic plug of rock above fields streaked with vines, and olive and cypress trees, Orvieto is visually stunning from the first. Like the love child of Rome and Florence and nestled midway between the two cities, history hangs over the cobbled lanes, medieval piazzas and churches of this cinematically beautiful city.
And few churches in Italy can hold a candle to its wedding cake of a Gothic cathedral, which frequently elicits gasps of wonder at its layers of exquisite detail. Nothing can prepare you for the visual feast that is Orvieto's soul-stirring Gothic cathedral. Dating to 1290, it sports a black-and-white banded exterior fronted by what is perhaps the most astonishing facade to grace any Italian church: a mesmerising display of rainbow frescoes, jewel-like mosaics, bas-reliefs and delicate braids of flowers and vines.
Pitigliano (30 km)
Pitigliano is located in Tuscany halfway from Florence and Rome, perched atop a volcanic tufa ridge. Its unmistakable skyline makes it stand out from kilometres away and gives Pitigliano a surreal charm. It is also known as Little Jerusalem (Piccola Gerusalemme) due to the long-standing presence of a Jewish community. Prior to this particular part of history, Pitigliano has an ancient past, with centuries of changes in civilizations and cultures. Pitigliano is really small and one day is more than enough to visit everything. There are two main streets around which all the buildings and houses are built. Just follow one of them and you will reach the end of the village on the other side.
Terme di Saturnia (40 km)
Saturnia is an ancient village in the south of Tuscany in the area known as Maremma. Although not yet commercialized, it attracts tourists because of its thermal baths which have been of considerable importance since ancient ages.
Terme di Saturnia is a large spa in Saturnia which provides a number of therapeutic treatments to visitors. The waters that flow in the spa are rich in sulphur and are believed to have health benefits. The spa offers treatments for several types of digestive system ailments like constipation, obesity and gastric problems. It treats diseases of throat and nose and arthritis in several forms. The waters of the thermal springs are also believed to lower blood pressure among those who regularly take a dip in the waters.
Viterbo (50 km)
The largest town in northern Lazio, Viterbo is a much-overlooked gem with a handsome medieval centre and a relaxed, provincial atmosphere. Surrounded by nature, at the feet of the Cimini Mountains, the city is still limited in its beautiful and intact medieval walls. Walking through the medieval quarter of San Pellegrino is like stepping back in time, with the streets of perfectly placed little stones.
One of the most beautiful buildings of Viterbo is undoubtedly the Papal Palace with its beautiful loggia (also called Benediction loggia), from which the pope would come out of at the end of the conclave. The loggia is composed of small arches supported by thin columns, giving an originally mystical aura to the facade of the building. Often this area is shadowed by Rome, but it is full of charm, history and nature.