Otricoli is small in size and sadly skipped over by many visitors to the area, but there is much for this historic Umbrian commune to be proud of. Originally known as Ocriculum (meaning Acropolis), Otricoli has an enviable hilltop location, and is one of the best destinations in the entire region for a relaxing ‘get away from it all’ break. Holiday rental accommodation in Otricoli is generally of a high standard, and if you have ever dreamed of renting an authentic Italian farmhouse, this could be the place to do it.
Otricoli has undergone considerable archaeological excavation over the years, with many of the smaller findings from the town now being housed in the museums of the Vatican. With a little careful direction, however, it is possible to discover the remains of a Roman amphitheatre on the former excavation site. Other sites worth a look in the ancient Roman village include the town hall and the Collegiata of St. Maria Assunta.
The remainder of Otricoli is relatively modern, with two excellent restaurants and several bars, shops and cafes. There is enough here to enjoy a self-catering holiday without having to leave town for food supplies, and the locals are some of the friendliest people you will meet on your travels.
Otricoli sits near the River Tiber, and this area makes for some excellent walks, hikes and nature-spotting trips. The excellent weather and relaxing atmosphere mean a picnic is a great option during spring and summer months, allowing you to relax, far away from the tourists throngs. Otricoli’s hilltop location also means that some panoramic views can be had from all around town, and the air is incredibly cool and fresh.
Otricoli is within close reach of many fascinating towns and villages of the Umbria region. Terni (28km) is a great option for a day visit, and is the closest town to the spectacular Marmore’s Falls – the largest man-made waterfall in the world. Otricoli is also close to Acquasparta (30km), which is notable for being located between two sets of thermal baths and natural hot springs.
Summer months are the best time of the year for visiting Otricoli, when temperatures of around 30C are common, and the sun does not set until well into the evening. Winter months are generally dry and mild, with an average temperature of 11C.
San Egidio Airport (PEG) (also often referred to as ‘Perugia Airport’ due to its close proximity to the city) serves the Umbria region and is 75km from Otricoli. The airport receives regular flights from the UK through budget airline Ryanair. If you do not want to fly with a budget airline you should consider using Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA), which is 85km away.