Terni is the city where you can find the tomb and the rests of San Valentino, the dude behind the 14th of February love day. (Valentine Day)
Some people say that is the city of the lovers for that, but what I think is that is just another nice Italian city with a lot of nice things to see.
The surroundings of Terni are also very interesting. In fact Terni is the nearest big town to the most beautiful waterfalls in Italy called ‘Le Cascate Delle Marmore’.
Terni is definitely an important Roman city and the University of Terni makes it a young and vibrant city even at night.
Orvieto is also one of the most interesting cities in the neighborhood of Terni and it’s considered one of the coolest towns in Italy.
The city was bombed during the war but still, many Roman monuments and reconstructed beautiful arts and buildings can be seen.
In the historical center of Terni, you can still visit the ancient city walls and a part of the Roman amphitheater.
As I mentioned before you can visit the tomb of San Valentino in the Basilica Di San Valentino. This is an ancient church where the rests of the saint are preserved and tourists are taking pics of it.
Not too far from the Basel of San Valentino, you can find Palazzo Spada which is the city hall of the city where you can admire beautiful fresco paintings.
Terni is also very famous for the steel industry, in fact, one of the biggest steel monuments will entertain you for a bit when reaching the city from the railway station.
This big steel monument is called La Grande Pressa and it’s just a huge press no longer used and symbol of the big success of the steel industry of the city.
If you are in Terni there is no way that you can miss the Marmore Waterfall, these are waterfalls built by the Romans and they are considered to be the prettiest and most famous in Italy.
There are many trails you can follow and hikes in the forest in between the waterfalls. The Roman engineers did a great job and you will be shocked to see them.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
These are just some of the must see if you are in the city, but mostly the cities around and the parks and lakes (Lago di Piediluco) are awesome.
As I said before you must visit the Marmore falls and Orvieto. Orvieto is a city built above the tuff and unique in its genre. In Orvieto, you will find the famous Pozzo di San Patrizio, a huge roman well that is supposed to bring money.
Also, the Parco Archeologico di Carsulae is a must see, in fact, this is one if not the most preserved ancient archaeological sites in Italy.
Food in Terni is made of products derived from the country, simple but tasty dishes. The Pane Senza Sale (Bread With No Salt) is a kind of bread that is served in any restaurant.
The typical pasta dish from Terni is the Ciriole Alla Ternana, wild boar and game are very popular as for the second dish.
Faraona Alla Leccarda (guinea fowl alla Leccarda) filled with chicken liver and sage is another great dish from Terni.
Some notable plates typical from Terni are:
Terni is also famous for sheep and cows pastures, they have some traditional cheese and salumi definitely worth a try.
The nearby city of Norcia is famous for the truffle and some of the best-cured meat in Italy, like guanciale di Norcia, Coglioni di mulo, Lonzino di Norcia, etc…
Terni is a nice city in the Umbria Region where you can find a lot of Roman buildings, arts and interesting facts like the San Valentino’s tomb.
There are many things you can see and visit in the city but mostly the nearby cities like Orvieto, Norcia, and the Marmore waterfall are great.
Terni is not even that far from Rome if you are road tripping from the north of Italy to Rome, you must stop by and say hello to Saint Valentine.
The Marmore falls are absolutely gorgeous and they will help you relax your mind and soul.
Terni has a lot to offer, starting from the prestigious building from the Roman era and the new buildings made after the 2nd world war bombing reconstructions.
Nightlife in Terni is alright, they have a university and you will find a lot of bars and young people at night trying to have fun.
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