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Terni

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Terni [1] is a city in the Italian region of Umbria. It is mainly an industrial town and as a result was heavily bombed by the Allies during the Second World War. In the 19th Century it was known as the "Manchester of Italy". In its municipality lies the Cascata delle Marmore, one of the highest waterfall in Europe (165 m) which was created by the ancient Romans in the year 271 a.C.. It is just 7 km away from the city centre. Terni is also known for being Saint Valentine's birthplace. The remains which belonged to the saint of lovers are conserved in its own dedicated basilic.

Get in

From Rome, take the A1 Autostrada, leaving at Orte and follow the SS675 to Terni.

Trains run regularly from the Rome-Termini station. If you are coming from the north, take a train that stops at Orte to connect to the Terni train.

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As a result of the bombing much of the city was heavily damaged. Consequently, Terni is now considered more interesting for its post-war architecture than its older structures. It is a place to visit if you are passing by, rather than somewhere that merits a special effort.

  • Church of St.Francis (12th century) has a beautiful chapel (the Paradisi Chapel) with frescoes from the 14th century.
  • Church of St. Salvatore, is believed to have been built upon a Roman temple.
  • The Cathedral was built in the 17th century.

The are also ruins of a Roman Amphitheater and old town walls , together with some medieval buildings.

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Cascate delle Marmore can be reached from Terni by Bus No.7 or 21. These artificial waterfalls were built by the Romans. Whitewater rafting trips are available.[2]] A few km further east is Lake Piediluco, which hosts the Italian National Rowing Center and plays host to rowing teams from all over the world because of its almost ideal rowing conditions.

Spoleto, known for its Festival of the Two Worlds, Rieti and Todi are within easy reach by car as are many other fascinating towns in Umbria.

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