Terni is a large Umbrian industrial town on the bank of the Nera River. It is believed that Terni was founded in the 7th Century BCE by the Latin-speaking tribe the Sabines. The town was later conquered by the Romans in the 3rd Century, and a few Roman ruins including the Faust Amphitheater (dating to 32BCE) and the ancient city walls remain.
Today, Terni is known for its industry. In the second half of the 19th century, Terni was known as the “Manchester of Italy” for its role as an industrial capital. But it’s likely better known for its old town center and the ruins that remain including the Church of San Francisco and its 15th Century tower; the Church of San Salvatore; and the Piazza della Repubblica. Because San Valentino is buried in the local basilica, Termi is also sometimes referred to as the “city of lovers.”
The Abbazia San Pietro, just 20 kilometers from Terni, is one of the most beautiful hotels in the region. The property, a former abbey, is about 1,300 years old and features terra-cotta tiled floors and which wooden support beams in the ceiling.