River Marta

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The Marta River, the ecosystem
and the nature trail

The River Marta, the ecosystem, and the nature trails
The river, which originates from Lake Bolsena, in its 53.4 km journey to the sea, crosses or borders towns or areas of Tuscia (Marta, Tuscania, Monte Romano, Tarquinia) and sites of significant historical and environmental interest, whose development has also been determined by the interaction with the watercourse.
Known since ancient times because it was navigable, after some waterfalls near Tuscania (Salumbrona, etc.), it receives the waters of other streams (Biedano, etc.); over time, it has undergone modifications, not always successful, also due to human intervention.
The recurrent onomastics in the territory and some remains of medieval cult buildings (S. Savino, S. Giusto, etc.) and civil buildings (castles of Ancarano, Pian Fagiano, etc.; the Cannara) located along the course of the river provide evidence of the interest of some ecclesiastical communities and powerful families in this river.
Among the more recent buildings located along the river, partly disused or abandoned, are the paper mills (Tuscania, Tarquinia) and the power stations (S. Savino), now monuments of industrial archaeology in the process of being reused in an environmentally friendly manner.
The River Marta is often evoked in literature (V. Campanari, La caduta della Marta) and art (F.-M. Granet).
By bicycle or on horseback, the nature trail, which crosses an agricultural landscape, is provided with signposts, picnic areas and information boards about the fauna and flora characterising the environment.

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Photography by: César Vásquez Altamirano, Tiziano Crescia, Roberto Romano, Sailko Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported, Paolo Monti

Translations by Ylenia Marcucci e Alessandro Rotatori