San Lorenzo Nuovo
San Lorenzo Nuovo
San Lorenzo Nuovo is a village located on the northern side of the Volsini mountains just five kilometers from the shores of Lake Bolsena. This country is located in a particular geographical position that places it on the border of three regions: Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio. San Lorenzo Nuovo, as its name suggests, arose in recent times unlike other villages and cities in this area. The town was founded in 1779 by the inhabitants of San Lorenzo alle Grotte, which had to move due to the presence of malaria-carrying swamps which made the air unhealthy. The historic center of the village is of a neoclassical style dating back to 700. The city has a particular urban structure made up of a series of houses that follow the octagonal shape of piazza Europa the city center where the church of San Lorenzo stands.
Not to be missed
Where to eat
Most of the food and wine places of San Lorenzo Nuovo are located along the ancient Via Francigena, used by pilgrims traveling to Rome.
Where to sleep
In San Lorenzo Nuovo you can choose to stay either inside the historic center in hotels, B & Bs and apartments or in the countryside on a farm.
In San Lorenzo Nuovo every year there are many events related to the history and local customs and traditions. There are three historical festivals in the town:
- Festival of Sant’Antonio Abate, celebrated every year on January 17th;;
- Gnocchi festival, which usually takes place in August;
- Halloween party of San Lorenzo Nuovo, held every year in October, a reinterpretation of the classic American celebration in an Italian key.
The history of San Lorenzo Nuovo is connected to that of the ancient village of San Lorenzo alle Grotte which was located about two km south of the current town. Malaria decimated a large part of the population of this village and the survivors moved to the new center built by the state of the church on the decision of the pope Clemente XIV.This is how San Lorenzo Nuovo was born in 1774.The structure of the village was built according to the architect’s project Alessandro Dori who died shortly before the work began. The work was finished by the colleague Francesco Navone to whom we owe the idea of piazza Europa that is inspired to the famous Amalienborg of Copenhagen .
How to reach San Lorenzo Nuovo
San Lorenzo Nuovo can be reached from:
From Rome via the Via Cassia up to km 125, exit between Bolsena and Acquapendente.
From Orvieto take the Autostrada del Sole and continue to the Orvieto tollbooth and follow the signs for Castel Giorgio and finally San Lorenzo Nuovo.
From Viterbo continue to Montefiascone along the Cassia, continue to Bolsena, then follow the signs for San Lorenzo Nuovo.
From Pitigliano follow the SP Maremmana SS 74 until you reach San Lorenzo Nuovo.
From Bolsena continue north on Cassia SS 2 to San Lorenzo Nuovo (distance: 11 Km)
San Lorenzo Nuovo can also be reached from the SP Lago di Bolsena (provincial road that runs along the basin), then taking the SP145 of Gradoli (formerly SS 489) and then the Cassia SS2