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  • Sagre delle Castagne: The main event in Soriano's calendar is the Sagre delle Castagne (Chestnut Festival) which takes place during the first two weekends in October. The whole town has gathered together since the 15th century to throw a party dedicated to both the region's most abundant fruit and the historic victory of the Sorianesi over the troops of Pier Paolo Nardini, who tried to invade the city in 1489. A riot of music, costume, and color, it's considered one of the most evocative festivals in Italy.

    Highlights include the four neighborhoods of the town competing in events such as archery and horse riding as well as historical re-enactments, flag throwing and swordsmen. The finale is a procession of 500 people in medieval and renaissance costume which culminates in a big celebration and a rousing chorus of the traditional inno alla castagna (hymn to the chestnut).
     

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  • Jazz Festival: Throughout the months of July and August, Soriano plays host to the Tuscia in Jazz Festival (which also takes place in nearby Ronciglione in the spring). Famous names from all over the world come to perform live in the main piazza and with special events, master classes, awards, and late-night jam sessions. It's the perfect way to chill out on the warm summer evenings.
     
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  • Park Life: Soriano nel Cimino is surrounded by the relatively unspoiled and undiscovered woodland of the Cimini Hill. Most of the area is now maintained within the national park of the Cimini hills known as the "Parco dei Cimini." Plenty of activities are on offer including hiking, mountain biking, archery, and horse riding -- all of which take place in the amazing natural surroundings of the forest. The stunning landscape forms the backdrop to most of the region's attractions, while the refreshing climate and secluded clearings are ideal for picnics. For fans of water sports, sailing, and fishing, Soriano is also well positioned for visits to the nearby lakes of Vico and Bolsena. If you are looking to just relax, the natural springs at Viterbo are an indulgent spot to unwind.
     
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  • Gastronomy: The natural landscape of the Tuscia countryside is clearly reflected in a cuisine that uses fresh regional produce to create a range of delicious dishes. Local porcini mushrooms, hazelnuts, and chestnuts provide the base for many recipes; fresh fish is provided by the nearby lakes and Tyrrenian sea; while wild boar, pheasant, and other game is caught in the surrounding woodland. Pork products are also popular, so make sure you don't miss a taste of the local sausages and salumi.

     

    Some of the area's most particular dishes are Gnocchi col' ferro (a hand rolled eggless pasta served with a spicy sauce), strozzapreti (a long type of pasta literally names "priest stranglers") and Acquacotta (a bread and vegetable soup served with olive oil). All of the above come accompanied by some of the local wine of the area of which you are spoilt for choice with the crisp white wines of Orvieto and deep Umbrian reds as well as the lesser known Lazio wines from Monti Cimini and Valle del Tevere.

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    Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.