Castro, the invisible city

A walk in the wood that hides the relics of one of the finest Italian Renaissance town

Sometimes it is easy to think that the forests of central Italy have always been there, and often that is true. But sometimes our woods hide a secret. The hike to Castro may, at first, seem just a walk in a luxuriant forest, among twisty trees and ivy-dropped rocks.
But after a short while, if we know where to look, we’ll start to notice… elegant brick pavement, marble decorations, finely frescoed walls. Because, yes, this is not a simple walk in the woods. Here, no more than four hundred years ago, there was a city, capital of the small but powerful Duchy of Castro. It was built as an ideal Renaissance town, dreamt by the House of Farnese and designed by the renowned architect Antonio da San Gallo the younger.

Lasted less than a hundred years, it was conquered and destroyed by the army of Pope Innocenzo X. The town itself had been demolished in less than three months. Five thousand people were decanted to other towns – Ischia di Castro, Grotte di Castro, Acquapendente and the ancient, perfect town was forgotten.

In the surroundings of the town, it is possible to visit some Etruscan sites, or descend to the river Olpeta following the ancient Etruscan road to the relics of a Renaissance bridge and then down an excavated Etruscan road to spend a full day “in town”.

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technical information


  • ¤ Half Day / ¤ Full Day / 



Here with your family? You can take part in this hike. By the way, it is not suitable for baby’s strollers


  • backpack
  • water 1 L,
  • rain jacket,
  • suitable walking shoes (no slingbacks, flop-flops etc),
  • hat,
  • casual clothes

All our hikes are led by certified hiking guides.
Our guides are all members of Assoguide– The Italian Association for Professional  Guides
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