A city to be admired, which, behind its modernity, hides
pleasant surprises inside for the most attentive visitors.

Terni is a city in the southern portion of the region of Umbria in central Italy. The city is the capital of the province of Terni, located in the plain of the Nera river.


It was founded as an Ancient Roman town bearing the name of Interamna Nahars, albeit settlements in the Terni area well preceded this occurrence.

During the 19th century, steel mills were introduced and led the city to have a role in the second industrial revolution in Italy. Because of its industrial importance, the city was heavily bombed during World War II by the Allies. It still remains an industrial hub and has been nicknamed “The Steel City”.

Terni is also known as the “City of Lovers”, as its patron saint, Saint Valentine, was born and became a bishop here, and the remains are preserved in the basilica-sanctuary in his honour.

The city has three important industrial hubs: the first one is the Stainless Steel Area, called AST (part of the group ThyssenKrupp) and is a wide area located in the east part of Terni.

West of the town, there is a second industrial hub, known as “Area Polymer”, with four different chemical multinational industries. The third industrial hub is Italeaf, which controls TerniEnergia, a company listed on STAR segment of Borsa Italiana, that is active in the renewable energy sector, and promotes and develops technological star-ups in cleantech sector.

Main sights

Cascata delle Marmore

  • Roman amphitheater, once capable of 10,000 spectators, built in 32 BC.
  • Porta Sant’Angelo, one of the four Ancient Roman Gates to the city, much restored.
  • Terni Cathedral (DuomoCattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) (17th century). Built over one of the most ancient Christian edifices of the city, it has today Baroque lines. In the interior is one organ designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The belfry is from the 18th century. The façade has two mediaeval gates: one of them has the profile of a sabot once used to measure the citizen’s shoes in order to ensure that they did not exceed a fixed limit of decency.
  • San Francesco – 13th-century church
  • The Basilica of S. Valentino.
  • Palazzo Mazzancolli is one of the few remains of the Middle Ages past of the city.
  • Palazzo Gazzoli (18th century), housing the City’s Gallery with works by Pierfrancesco d’Amelia, Benozzo Gozzoli, Gerolamo Troppa and Orneore Metelli.
  • Palazzo Spada (16th century), designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. It is the current Town Hall.
  • Lancia di Luce (“Lance of Light”), by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.
  • The Romanesque churches:

Nearby, at the confluence of the Velino and Nera Rivers, is the Cascata delle Marmore, a 165-metre-high (541-foot) waterfall.

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See & Do

An interesting place to begin a visit to Terni is with the church of San Salvatore, an early Christian Basilica of circular shape, in the Old Town near Palazzo Spada.

Food & Wine

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