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Orte is a city in the province of Viterbo in the Italian region of Lazio. For most people it is just a very noticeable hill town on the Autostrada between Rome and Florence, about 60km north of Rome, but it is well worth taking the trouble for a quick visit. Orte is built on tufo (tuff) rock and overlooks the valley of the River Tiber. From the 6th Century B.C. it was an important Etruscan center and Etruscan caves can still be seen in the side of the tufo rock.
Orte is on the main railway line between Rome and Florence. It is the junction for the line to Umbrian towns such as Assisi.
The town is located a few km north of the railway junction at Orte Scalo. Taxis are available.
Orte has an elliptical layout following the contours of the hill. Things to see include remains of an aqueduct, some notable medieval palaces and interesting churches.
Orte is close to many interesting towns. It is just a short distance from Orvieto. Many of the surrounding villages are fascinating.