Terni is often referred to as Italy's Manchester, an industrial capital grown strong on its steel mills. But it's been around since the Romans founded the city in 271AD, and has always been famous for being the birthplace of St. Valentine, so there's a lot more to see here than just the profits of industry. This is also an ideal base for exploring the rest of Umbria, and some of the best places to stay in Terni are actually just outside of the town, offering access to transport links, but surrounded by the beauty of rural Umbrian views.
Because of its industrial importance, Terni suffered heavy bombing during WWII, and its modern architecture is now considered more interesting than its ancient and medieval architecture - though there is still some of that, including the Basilica of St. Valentine where some of the saint's bones have been conserved.
A number of other churches survived, including the Church of St. Salvatore, which was built on top of a Roman temple, and the Church of St. Francis which has some beautiful 14th Century frescoes.
But one of Terni's most famous sights are its wonderful Cascate dell Marmore, a set of waterfalls actually constructed during the Roman period. They're a 165 metre high spectacle of beauty and ingenuity. They're surrounded by the parkland and thick forests of the Nera River Park, one of the greatest natural treasures of the Umbrian region.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Terni are not actually in the town itself, but are well placed for exploring everything it has to offer.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Terni, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the net and check out all our recommendations in Umbria.
A stunning hotel set on Cappuccini Hill. Gorgeous rooms feature views, mural paintings, parquet floors, Persian carpets and antiques. Stunning views from the gardens, excellent traditional Umbrian cuisine, outdoor pool. Romantic and traditional
A gorgeous pale-stone Abbey in a truly stunning hillside location – a country escape steeped in history but with all the comforts of a hotel. Beautiful cloisters, traditional rooms and family suites with Benedictine origins - stone floors, wooden beams, paintings - great food and lovely gardens.