'Italian Manchester', the 'City of Lovers', the ancient city of Terni has been given many names, thanks to its enchanting setting in the middle of the Umbrian countryside and fascinating industrial history. The city of Terni lies in the south of Umbria near the banks of the Nera river and is a lovely mix of modern and old-world architecture. Choose a villa in Terni to be close to a thriving city with great museums, restaurants, shops and bars, but to also be surrounded by carpets of olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards. Our villas in Terni can be found in the city itself and in the lush outskirts, just a few kilometres from the Marmore Waterfalls – considered the most beautiful waterfall in Europe – and the serene Lake Piediluco.
Things to do in Terni
When staying in one of our villas in Terni, you can choose to be in the city or further afield, in the outskirts in one of our Terni villas with a private pool. Head into town to explore the Terni cathedral, peaceful public gardens and Basilica San Valentina – housing the tomb of St Valentine. If you're after a culture fix, then don't miss the Roman amphitheatre and the Palazzo Spada, once the home of a noble family and now the town hall. A villa holiday in Terni is also all about exploring the breath-taking natural sights nearby, not only the Marmore Waterfalls but the entire Black River Park with its opportunities for hiking and cycling. One of the most famous ancient archaeological sites in the whole of Italy is also near your Terni villa. Visiting in May? Don't miss the famous Cantamaggio festival, marking the return of spring with exhibitions, performances and general merriment.
Our villas in Terni are ideal for nature and outdoors lovers, and the gateway to some of the most beautiful sights in Umbria like the famous falls and Black River Park.
History and Culture in Terni
An ancient Roman town turned centre of Italy's industrial revolution, Terni has some great historical sights which are all within reach of your villa. Start your journey outside the city at one of the most well-preserved and renowned archaeological sites in Italy, the ancient Roman town of Casulae. Today many structures still stand like the basilica, public baths, amphitheatre and theatre – an absolute must-see when staying in one of our Terni villas. In town, you can visit churches like the San Salvatore and San Francesco d'Assisi, another Roman amphitheatre and some pilgrimage spots for art lovers – make sure to stop at the Bishop's Palace with its murals of papal insignia.
Family holidays in Terni
For a great family day out when staying in a family villa in Terni, hire a car and head to the gorgeous countryside, home of national parks and waterfalls. The whole family will love the luscious and cinematic Black River Park (or Parco Fluviale del Nera), offering some great hiking trails, wildlife walks and opportunities for bike rides. The park is also home to the famous Cascata delle Marmore, a 165-metre-high waterfall which immense crashes echo around the park. Family trips into Terni itself will also be made better with a visit to the delightful La Passeggiata public garden, a great place to seek solace after a day of sightseeing with tall trees and lawns ideal for picnicking. Fairground rides and activities like trampolining often pop-up in the park for locals and tourists to enjoy.
Adventurous activities in Terni
It's easy to make your villa holiday in Terni an adventure-packed one, thanks to the city being the gateway to some of the most famous and beautiful natural parks and wonders in Umbria. Make a day of it and head east of the city to the Black River Park, a protected area of 2,200 hectares where you can hike, cycle, trek and find adventure amongst the waterfalls and trees. From here you can also easily access the Lago di Piediluco, a picturesque natural lake fed by the Nera and Velino rivers. Hike around the lake and bash through the surrounding forest as you make your way to Corso Quattro Novembre on the northern shores of the lake, where you can grab a refreshment and enjoy the spectacular scenery in one of the restaurants or bars.
Romance in Terni
From date nights in Terni's many sultry restaurants and bars to exploring the wildly romantic countryside, there are plenty of ways to make your Terni villa holiday a romantic one. Guests staying in one of our couple's villas will appreciate the private pool, offering a secluded space to relax and unwind and some great views over the Umbrian countryside. Terni is known as the 'City of Lovers', thanks to its patron saint being the ill-fated St Valentine, with the saint being born and becoming bishop of the town. A slightly off-piste romantic activity could be going to see his remains in the Basilica San Valentino. After the perfect proposal spot? There's nowhere like the Marmore Waterfalls, a truly spectacular sight.
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