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City of Terni
[City of Terni]

  • Known mostly as the" city of steel" Terni and its basin offer, on the contrary, a series of important attractions: ranging from precious cultural heritage to stunning natural beauty; from works of human genius rooted in the most remote epochs to contemporary architecture born from projects by Ridolfi, Frankl, Bazzani; from references to the religious world to that much more mondane offered by excellent cuisine and typical local specialities. The founding of Terni has been set by historians as a few years after that of Rome : Interamna, it was called, with the added precision Nahars, because among the many cities which sprung up at the confluence of two rivers, this was along the Nera. That river which was the cradle of much more ancient civilisations, which lived in agglomerations , evidence of which has been found in several points close to the river, but also on the mountains which constitute the picture frame of the Terni valley. A large necropolis used between the 10th and 7th century B.C., stretched from the present day railway station as far as the location on which the huge steelworks stand.In the Roman era, it held lustre from the fact that it was said to be the hometown of Cornelio Tacito and two of his descendents who were both Roman emperors, Marco Claudio and Annio Floriano. Crossed by the Flaminia road, it counted large structures of which remain an ample amphitheatre and pagan temples, in part crumbling and turned into churches. During the period of the persecution of the Christians, San Valentine was buried in Terni , martyr and first Bishop of Terni, today protector of the city as well as patron of lovers, he is worshipped in the basilica built on his burial site. The close relationship with Rome, the curia, and the Pontifical government, brought new wealth to Terni. The most notable families of the city expressed cardinals and men at the top of the State administration of the Church, gaining lustre and disposable income. Hence the flourishing of noble palaces. Terni's interest in Rome was very close also during the Risorgimental period: many expeditions for the liberation of Rome set out from here, and a very particular relationship with Giuseppe Garibaldi. The 198 bombings during the second world war, and industrialisation, enormously changed the face of the city which was rebuilt under the guidance of a genial architect such as Mario Ridolfi. Just outside the city, other places of interest can be found: Carsulae, a treasure trove of important remains from the Roman period. Marmore , the highest waterfall in Europe, a fascinating sight, the pathways which allow you to safely come close to the froth and thunder of the waters. Piediluco, a lake which seems to have been catapulted near Terni from some Alpine region. Works now counted among the most unique of industrial archeology such as Galleto power station. Cesi, a medieval village rich in history and monuments linked to the mysterious Sant'Erasmus archeological site. The Terni Valnerina (Nera Valley) with the gentle, flowing river lapping fortified medieval villages.
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[Sites of cultural interest]

  • Since 1973 the space hosted an industrial settlement, a papal ironworks, the biggest national 12.000mq warehouse in Umbria with a 200 lobour force. In 1905 the ironworks closes and from 1910 the warehouse is allocated to mechanical and chemical works, mainly for war use. In 1925, thanks to Luigi Casale, Società Italiana Ricerche Industriali (SIRI) was born, active producer of synthetic ammonia, chemical products and in the studying and exploitation of new industrial procedures in the chemical, physical and mechanical fields. From 1945 is revealed a gradual drop of the production and labourers, to reach the definitive closure in 1983. The property is taken over several times from 1997 to 2002 from Terni town hall and, thanks to a restoration and requalification campaign, it houses CAOS, Centro Arti Opificio SIri since 2009. The restoration of the ex chemical warehouse SIRI’s industrial spaces, renewed and redeveloped, is the exemplar case of the Italian industrial areas restoration in the urban environment overview. From chemical warehouse to warehouse of culture, it becomes the new creative city’s backbone, a necessity for the process of the contemporary time for the city of Terni. Some external spaces still preserve their original shape such as the entrance boulevard, the main square surrounded by flats and some infrastructural details such as the generating station’s water plugs. All the other spaces are currently used for cultural activities and private residences. 5600mq of space for cultural development: CAOS is a production and fruition, open and flexible centre, made of collection exhibition spaces such as Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Aurelio De Felice and Museo Archeologico di Terni, an extended area dedicated to national and international temporary exhibitions, Theatre Sergio Secci, Arealab dedicated to educational and creative workshops, residences ateliers and artistic productions, a specialised library, a video room and FAT(3), a café/restaurant eventful live till late at night.
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Timetables October

Opening of
the Area
Opening of
the Water
Working days 10.00am - 6.00pm only on FRIDAY
from 12.00am to 1.00pm
from 3.00pm to 4.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 8.00pm from 11.00am to 1.00pm
from 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Holidays and Specials:
9.00am - 8.00pm from 11.00am to 1.00pm
from 3.00pm to 6.00pm

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October 2018

Belvedere Inferiore
P.le F. Fatati 6

Belvedere Superiore
Voc. Cascata 30

Tel. 0744 62982
Fax 0744 362231
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