Discovering Vulci Archaeological ParkEverything you need to know to visit the Vulci Archaeological Naturalistic Park: opening hours, directions, map, routes and the best pictures.
Only 40 minutes away by car from the Port of Civitavecchia, in the heart of the Maremma Laziale and not far from the towns of Montalto di Castro, Canino and Capalbio expands the Vulci Archaeological Naturalistic Park.
Within this huge park (about 120 hectares), among suggestive canyons of volcanic origin, the rich vegetation of the Mediterranean maquis and some funny encounter with horses or cows of the Maremma grazing wild, you will have the chance to admire the remains of the ancient city of Vulci, one of the most important Etruscan-Roman cities of Etruria.
Along the whole perimeter of the park twists and turns the Fiora river, that plunges into the lake of Pellicone, a necessary step of any itinerary, a true oasis of peace and relaxation.
Finally, not far from the archeological site, stands up the majestic Castello dell'Abbadia with the amazing Ponte del Diavolo, an unmissable stop!
But now, enough small talk, let's discover this magical place... follow us!
Archaeological Park: between the Roman remains and the Etruscan Necropolis
The park archaeological area is enclosed by the original walls (4th century BC), built with solid tuff blocks that have protected the city over the centuries, and by the City Gates, like the monumental West Gate, close to which you will be able to admire the remains of a Roman aqueduct.
Inside the area there are the Forum, the Temple and the Arch, dedicated to Publius Sulpicius Mundus, Roman senator in the 1st centuryBC, the podium of an imposing Etruscan temple made with tuff (5th century BC), different rooms of the Domus of the Cryptoporticus, luxury aristocratic villa dating back to the 2nd century BC, a small temple devoted to Hercules and a beautiful Mithraeum from the 3rd century BC.
On the opposite side of the river, there is the Etruscan Necropolis, housing thousands of tombs, like the precious François Tomb (4th century BC) which you can access through a corridor, the Tomb of the Inscriptions and the imposing Cuccumella Tomb.
The astounding frescoes from the François Tomb (named after the archaeologist Alessandro François, who discovered the tomb in 1857), are in Villa Albani in Rome. The frescoes represent the saga of the Vibenna brothers and Servio Tullio, in the period they fought against the Tarquini over the dominance of Rome.
Lake of the Pellicone
Inside the vast area of the park, you will be able to choose one of the following suggested itineraries:
- short itinerary (Km 2.3)
- complete itinerary (Km 3.5)
- nature itinerary (Km 1.5)
As we said earlier, all the itineraries have in common a necessary stop, the Lake of the Pellicone, a true oasis of peace and relaxation plunged into uncontaminated nature, with a pond completely surrounded by evoking vulcanic rock walls from where a small waterfall springs.
A small paradise that not without reason has been chosen many times as a natural set for different films!
The scenes of the films Non ci resta che piangere, where Massimo Troisi and Roberto Benigni meet Leonardo da Vinci, or Tre uomini e una gamba, where Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo and Marina Massironi bath in the crystal clear water of the lake, are pretty famous.
Guided visits and restaurants
If you want, you can book a guided visit to discover the archaeological area, the Necropolis, the Castello dell'Abbadia or taking an archeotrekking itinerary.
Also, there are regular organised visits and learning workshops for schools, as well as many events including night visits, horse rides, sport activities, archery, sensorial excursions, kayaking and much more! Anyway, you are spoilt for choice!
And talking about being spoilt, if you love good food, inside the park you will find two restaurants, Locanda del Parco and Casale dell'Osteria, where you can try some delicious traditional dishes of the maremma!
Not far from the ticket office and the entrance to the archaeological park is the Castello dell'Abbadia accessed through a spectacular Etruscan-Roman bridge called Ponte del Diavolo or dell'Arcobaleno (Bridge of the Devil or of the Rainbow), 30 meters above the Fiora river which dominates the area.
The Castle dates back to the 13th centurt and houses the National Archeological Museum of Vulci, where you will find many finds from the vast area of the parko.
For further information, please read the article about the Castello dell'Abbadia.
What else can we say? At the bottom of the page you will find all the useful information to organize your visit... and last but not least, here are spectacular shootings of the park and the castle... enjoy your trip!
(Video credits: Mauro Sciambi)
- HOW TO GET THERE
From the Port of Civitavecchia:By car: to get to Vulci Archeological Park from the Port of Civitavecchia by car you only ned to exit at Raccordo Civitavecchia-Viterbo/E840 and continue on SS1 Via Aurelia/E80 towards SP105 Montalto di Castro until you reach Strada Provinciale 105 until final destination.By train: from Civitavecchia Railway Station take the first train bound for Montalto di Castro (about 23 minutes) and from there, with prior reservation, get on the free shuttle bus that will take you straight to the park. The shuttle is also availabale for small groups and needs to be booked in advance calling the ticket office: +39 0766 89298.
By car from the North: follow the road Livorno-Grosseto, then S.S. 1 Aurelia until the exit of Montalto di Castro (km 109). Enter the S.S.1 Aurelia direction Nord and exit at Vulci at Km 111. Follow the S.P. del Fiora, the della Badia (13 Km)By car from the East: highway Orte-Viterbo until Viterbo, then take road Viterbo-Tuscania-Montalto di Castro. At Montalto di Castro take the S.S.1 Aurelia direction Nord and exit at Vulci at Km 111. Follow the S.P. del Fiora, the della Badia (13 Km)
January 1st - March 31st: 9.00-17.00
April 1st - June 30th: 9.00-18.00
July 1st - August 31st: 9.00-19.00
September 1st - September 30rd: 9.00-18.00
October 1st - October 31st: 9.00-17.00
Closed on December 25th and January 1st
Early closing on December 24th and 31st
Residents in Montalto di Castro, Canino and Ischia di Castro (19-64 years old): € 3.50
Reduces (schools, teenagers, over 65 years old, groups, families): € 6.00
Free: residents in Montalto di Castro and Canino (0-18 and over 65 years old), children, people with disabilities, teachers with school groups.
Guided visits: to book your guided visit you need to call the ticket office at leat 48 hours in advance.
Restaurants: both restaurants close in Winter. We recommend you to call and book:- Locanda del Parco: +39 0766 870177- Casale dell’Osteria: +39 0766 898247