In the heart of Tuscia, in the middle of the Maremma, rises Canino, one of the most fascinating villages in the area, which owes its splendor to the one who, expelled from the court of his brother Napoleon, was relegated there: Luciano Bonaparte, whose remains are preserved in a chapel dedicated to him inside the Collegiate Church. But the blow that Napoleon wanted to inflict on his brother did not prove to be a punishment for Luciano, it became, instead, a real gift. In fact, in the small town of the Maremma Luciano discovered unknown riches and, thanks to his passion for archeology, he started the excavations that brought to light the numerous finds that testify to the ancient presence of the rich Etruscan civilization in the territory. Many of these finds are now kept at the National Archaeological Museum of Vulci, while many others are exhibited in the Louvre, in the British Museum …
But the richest and most impressive find that has ever been found in the whole of Etruria is the François Tomb, a real treasure found in the Caninese territory. The frescoes on the walls are now part of the properties of the Torlonia family, whose principality, as regards the area of Musignano, succeeded that of Luciano Bonaparte. But Canino’s charm does not stop at its history, which was very suggestive even in the eras following the Etruscan one: the town, in fact, was a fief of the papal family of the Farnese and was the birthplace of Pope Paul III Farnese. The small Maremma village must also be revealed in aspects of another nature that increase its charisma: the sulphurous waters, which cross the land of Musignano and which were already known to the ancient Romans, have beneficial and highly curative properties; the expanses of olive groves which, in addition to making the landscape very peculiar, are an indication of the richness of which the Caninese are most proud: extra virgin olive oil produced from their olives, of excellent quality; the position, on the border with Tuscany, currently very suggestive because it is immersed in the Maremma countryside, was particularly strategic in ancient times because it was a border area between the Papal State and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
The famous Castello dell’Abbadia, an ancient medieval fort that rises in the territory on which the ancient and rich Etruscan city of Vulci developed, marks this border. The humpback bridge, suspended over the Fiora river, which completes the Castle was the setting for numerous period films. In the area, the Archaeological Park of Vulci is also worthy of note, where you can admire the remains of the ancient cities and volcanic necropolis, and the WWF Naturalistic Oasis which develops on the Fiora River, near the Archaeological Park.
In addition to the numerous attractions on the spot, the territory of Canino offers numerous leisure opportunities. It is located, in fact, 15 km away from Lake Bolsena; 15 Km from the beaches of Montalto di Castro and Pescia Romana; 30 km from Capalbio and its beaches; 35 Km from the “Terme di Saturnia”; and 40 km from the “Terme dei Papi” of Viterbo.