From Sismano to Piediluco
While in Sismano take the state highway SS83bis. You'll reach the stronghold of Montecastrilli, located at 392 meters above sea level. A rustic landscape with farmhouses and cultivated plots of land. Leaving Montecastrilli via the state highway you'll reach San Gemini, renowned for its mineral water springs. Continue towards Terni, the so-called "City of lovers", as St. Valentine was its Bishop. This city is enclosed between two rivers, the Nera and the Serra. It has a modern city plan, as it was heavily bombed during World War II. Despite that, Terni has a beautiful historical centre, with the Church of St. Francis dating back to the XIII century, (Do not miss the frescoes in its Paradisi Chapel), the Romanesque churches of St. Alò and St. Salvatore, built on an ancient roman Sun temple. The Church of St. Peter has a unique apsidal structure and a beautiful cloister. The baroque cathedral (Duomo) of S. Maria Assunta was built in the XVII century, and has an organ created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Terni's modern asset was created by Ridolfi, one of the most important modern architects of Italy. Some of his works are Piazza Tacito with its fountain, Corso del Popolo and Largo Villa Glori. The famous artist Arnaldo Pomodoro created the Lancia di Luce ("Lance of Light") obelisk. Take the Strada Provinciale 39 (Secondary Road), it will take you to the Marmore Waterfalls and to the Piediluco Lake, at the boundary between the regions of Umbria and Lazio. Piediluco is a small fishermen village, the perfect destination for water sports lovers. The Montagna dell'Eco (The Echo Mountain) overlooks the lake.