Explore the Region of Terni, Italy

Fontana di Piazza Tacito, Terni
Fontana di Piazza Tacito, Terni | Source
The Colosseum, Rome
The Colosseum, Rome | Source
Trevi Fountain (Fontana de Trevi)
Trevi Fountain (Fontana de Trevi) | Source
The Festival of San Valentino, Terni
The Festival of San Valentino, Terni | Source
Classic Valentines Day Card
Classic Valentines Day Card
Cupid - The Roman God of Love
Cupid - The Roman God of Love
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The Histories of Terni

Whenever you think of places to visit in Italy you think of all the wonderful landmarks and regions. Rome has so many to offer: the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and of course Vatican City. The north of Italy is home to Pisa and it's famous leaning tower and Venice known for Gondolas. The south has the beautiful Amalfi Coast in the picturesque mountains, with nearby Capri and historic Pompei.

Italy has so much to offer that the smaller towns and cities away from the tourist attractions often get overlooked.

Terni is situated in the center of Italy, 104 km north of Rome. It is in the Umbria region and sits on the Nera river in a valley surrounded by mountains, woods and olive groves.

Although it lies in a romantic setting, it is known for manufacturing iron, textiles and machinery. It also harbours it's steelworks which was built up from the late 1800's due to an industrial revolution. The water sources in the surrounding areas provided excellent conditions to build up ironworks and the Terni steel-plant. In 1886 the factory began it's success bringing in workers to the city and neighboring towns. This in turn started to build up to accommodate and also create new businesses to thrive which remains to this day.

The City of Lovers

Terni is famous for it's association of Saint Valentine. Known in Italy as San Valentino, he is the patron saint of lovers which is celebrated nationwide on February 14th each year (known as Valentine's Day).

Although history considers there were many martyred saints in ancient Rome, the facts remain unclear. There are many different legends surrounding St. Valentine.

One belief was that a Bishop Valentine (born into a patrician family) had converted into Christianity. Three hundred years after the death of Jesus Christ, the Romans still heavily believed in the Roman Gods and demanded everyone to follow suit. But Valentine was found out after he married Christian couples and helped Christians who were under persecution.

The Bishop was imprisoned for his crimes and was executed on February 14th after trying to convert the Emperor into Christianity.

Another legend of a Saint Valentine involved a Christian Priest who was jailed. It was alledged he performed a miracle and cured the jailer's daughter of her blindness. The night before his execution (on February 14th), he wrote a letter to her, signing it 'from your Valentine'.

The way we celebrate Valentine's Day today come from the stories and legends from Saint Valentine. This includes sending anonymous cards and signing them 'from your Valentine', and using an image of the ancient Roman God of love, Cupid.

As Terni has a connection with San Valentino, each year it celebrates with a festival of love. It is celebrated on February 14th and the town offers chocolate and cake stalls and marquees, as well as music and performances all to do with love and romance.


The Marmore Falls
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Terni Region

The areas of Terni are unspoiled with rivers, mountains and waterfalls. There are attractions along the River Tiber in the forms of nature reserves, castles and towers.

7km away from the city are the Marmore Waterfalls. They are a spectacular sight in a natural setting, although in fact they were artificially created by the Romans. The Velino river came enlarged and stagnant, so a canal was dug towards the Marmore cliff to create a 165 meter fall into the Nera River.

The falls were an inspiration to poets and artists such as Byron, and were known for their 'Horrid Beauty'.

The waterfalls have been used to fuel the hydroelectric power plant, Galleto and are still used to this day. Because of the energy the waters create, they were able to establish the industries of Terni.

They are used as tourist attractions, charging visitors to view the spectacular sight when they are switched on. Remarkably, Marmore Waterfalls are turned off overnight which is hard to believe when they are seen in action.


Near to the Marmore Waterfalls (and 13km from Terni) sets Piediluco Lake which is a beauty spot in the village of Piediluco (meaning at the 'foot of the mountain').

Opposite situates Mount Caperno shielding the lake from winds. Because of this climate it is an excellent lake for rowers from all nations. The Italian Rowing Federation uses Piediluco as the National Rowing Center, where training regularly takes place and competitions held. The lake is also a great location for windsurfers, canoeing, sailing and fishing.

There are so many surrounding attractions in the district of Terni such as the Nera Valley, Narni, Amelia and Orvieto districts. The Orvieto Cathedral is a symbolic attraction in It's town. There are rivers and waterfalls across the district and the Appenine mountain woods and plentiful lush green lands. It is worth while to take a look at the three thousand year history full of art, culture, buildings and sculptures in such a breathtaking environment.


Piediluco Lake
Piediluco Lake | Source
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Terni, Italy

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poshcoffeeco 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Nice hub and very informative.


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cavallo 5 years ago from Newmarket,UK

Scrito bene.


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Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thank you very much :)


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VeronicaFarkas 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

Sounds beautiful! Great hub! =]


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Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

It is a beautiful region. There is so much to explore around the area and you are so near to the main spots - such as Rome.


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itsmonkeyboy 5 years ago from London, UK

I've been to Terni quite a few times and love the place and the surrounding area. Although one of it's main points has to be the amazing people who live there. Your hub really is wonderfully written though and describes the place with the beauty it deserves.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Okay, that did it! You have provided me with another place to add to the places that I want to visit. You really described it beautifully and your pictures were wonderful. Great hub!


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Susan Starts Now 5 years ago from California

Lovely photos and nice descriptions about sights to see in this area of Italy. It looks and sounds like an absolutely beautiful place to visit.


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Susan Starts Now 5 years ago from California

Lovely photos and nice descriptions about sights to see in this area of Italy. It looks and sounds like an absolutely beautiful place to visit.


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nicregi 5 years ago from Malaysia

Marvelous hub! Good information with great pictures. Voted up and beautiful tag.

Thanks for sharing!


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Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thank you to all of you. It is a lovely place to visit and there is so much to see! Italy has a lot to offer wherever you go, but the sights of Terni just speak for themselves.


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GoodLady 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

Great informative nicely put together Hub!


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Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thank you! :)


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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Emma Harvey,

I learned allot. I wish to put Terni Italy on my radar. Itay fascinates me and I purchased the Italian cd's for my long drives - I must take up the language once again. City of lovers - fun! I must share this with my husband. Voted up!


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

I really do love Italy and would love to explore more of it. The people are really nice and the language is lovely - I wish I could speak it! Thank you for your vote - I think the photo's in this hub tell the true story :)


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epigramman 4 years ago

..absolutely beautiful - not just the images and your passion as a world class tour guide - but your willingness and sincerity in sharing your personal memories and making this world we live in ,truly, a smaller (cyber) place ....... indeed!

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Wow, thank you epigramman for such a kind comment. It will be a while before I next visit Terni, but will be honeymooning on the Amalfi Coast in the summer. I shall be sure to take lots of photo's of the scenery (and maybe write a hub about it!)


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Terni is also where St. Valentine is said to originate from!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

Wow! Amazing!!!!! Wish I would have had the chance to go there. It look so peaceful! Maybe when I get back to Italy I'll be able to go there. Thanks for the wonderful idea to add to my to-do list :) Voted up and shared and pinned!


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thank you CassyLu, it's a nice little place with lovely people. Thanks for voting, sharing and pinning!


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

I need to set the dates to visit Italy! It is a dream which I want to make real.


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Hi starstream, yes Italy is beautiful and you can't go wrong wherever you go in the country. I shall be heading to the Almafi Coast next week. I have never been but so many people have told me how stunning it is.

Thanks for your comment :)


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mmsu 4 years ago from Pakistan

Italy is one the best places to visit for a tourist.So unique!1


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

mmsu, I agree with that. I can't wait to go again!


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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

I've never heard of Terni, but it sounds wonderful. Given all that I know about Italy, and all I've learned from the hubs posted on HubPages, I'm ready to live there! The photos are amazing - looks almost like a tropical island! Great up. Voted up.


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Hi Crystal - Terni is a small town in the centre of Italy, so it's not really a tourist place. But it really is lovely, especially the surrounding areas. The people are also really nice.

Thank you so much for your comment and vote :)

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