Sitting on the ancient Roman road - the Via Clodia
- today this impressive complex is only reached
via the road between Tuscania and Vetralla (km 13,300
- Località Rio Secco), although in the territory
of Monte Romano.
A restored early 17th century stately home (1603)
built by the Pampani or De Spampani family, it now
belongs to the local health authority and is currently
used as a cutting-edge farming centre. It's also
being considered as a possible convention centre.
Among the various attractions inside is a huge fireplace.
Not to mention the dungeons.
Visits are often organised, by
local organisations, such as the Viterbo branch
of the Italian bird protection society LIPU (www.lipuviterbo.org)
and the Gruppo Cinofilo Viterbese (dog training
and related events).
Excursions also possible on horse-back, by mountain-bike
or on foot.
To visit the castle, you need to send a fax
to the council: fax. 0766.860777 (contact Erina).
Further info: www.roccarespampani.it
The museum is housed in the old 18th
century prison and contains a small collection
of Etruscan, Roman and Medieval artefacts, including
a few Etruscan terracotta sarcophagi and a Roman