To visit Tuscia town in central Italy would be a feat. Not because it would require traveling a great distance (it’s located just north of Rome), but because it would require traveling in time: Tuscia, or Etruria prior to Roman conquest, was the historical territory of the ancient Etruscans, who occupied what is now Tuscany, Umbria, and northern Lazio between the eighth and third centuries BCE. On modern-day maps, much of this region falls within the province of Viterbo. There are many day trips from Rome to charming towns in this region that are worth the effort to visit.
Tuscia was lively through the Middle Ages. It was frequented by wealthy popes and nobles, and later became a haunt for mid-20th-century artists. However, tourism is slow today. But the region deserves to be more than a mere backdrop for travelers driving between Florence and Rome. Next time you’re in either city, keep a Tuscia town in mind for the ultimate day trip from Rome through central Italy’s idyllic, historic countryside.