Etruscan Umbria – From Todi to Tenaglie
Discovering the Etruscans. The fifth stage of our itinerary in search of ancient tombs
The fifth leg of our tour in search of the Etruscans goes from Todi to Tenaglie along a path that will provide us with some of the most stunning natural landscapes on the entire itinerary. The elevation gain of 750 metres and some up and down stretches before the hard slog that leads to the Civitella del Lago pass, make this stage rather challenging and not recommended for those without adequate physical fitness. We will set off from the Basilica di Santa Maria della Consolazione, just outside Todi, and face a descent that within a few kilometres will take us to the foot of the long climb (18 km) to reach the Civitella del Lago junction at 740 metres a.s.l. We will go through a number of villages nestled in lush greenery, such as Fiore and Izzalini, cycling in a wonderfully unspoilt environment, climbing a hill laced with some flat and some downhill stretches that will allow us to catch our breath before the challenging finish. At the junction for Civitella del Lago we will have completed the most challenging part of the route and be able to make a detour on the itinerary to visit the historic centre of Civitella, where we can admire a breath-taking panoramic view of Lake Corbara. We will continue in the direction of the characteristic hilltop village of Montecchio, go through it and then find ourselves facing a short but challenging climb that will lead us to the centre of Tenaglie. This town, embraced by Mother Nature, is known for the Etruscan necropolis of Vallone and is where the fifth stage of our itinerary terminates.