Bassano in Teverina (304 m s.l.m. – 998 feet above sea level – approx 1100 inhabitants) is only 22 km (13,5 miles) from Viterbo and 9 (5.5 miles) from Orte. It dates back to the Etruscan era, this proved by parts of fortified walls and a small necropolis (loc. Poggio Zucco). Not far from the center of the village, near river Tiber, the small Lake of Bassano, better known as “Lago Vladimone” described by Plinio il Giovane as a “perfectly round wheel…“. The small lake is fed by sulphur springs. In this area, the Roman Consul Fabio Rulliano won the Etruscans (360 b.C.) after crossing the thick woods and forest of mount Cimino. Legend says that the lake became fully red due to the huge quantity of blood caused by this tremendous battle.
The land was later crossed by Via Amerina, one of the few consular roads used as late as the Middle Age. Another important road was the so-called “road of the ship” used by the inhabitants of Soriano nel Cimino to reach the Harbour of Giove, on the banks of river Tiber. This road was definitely replaced by the new “Ortana Road” (mid XVIIth century), still in use.
Bassano has been under the power of the Church for many years and in 1559 it was sold by Pope Pio IV to Mandruzzo’s family.
During WWII, Nov 25th 1943, a German wagon filled with arms and ammunitions exploded while in the local rail station and fully destroyed the ancient hamlet. The area was abandoned and the hamlet rebuilt a little farther. In 1958 the hamlet, which had been under the municipality of Orte for 31 years, became independent with its own mayor
The lower “ancient hamlet”, which visitors should not miss, is very pleasant and offers typical bars and restaurants, a “lavatory” (where women used to wash clothes) and a “double tower bell”, locally known as “The Clock Tower with the Hidden Bell Tower” (“Torre dell’Orologio ed il campanile nascosto”).
River Tiber is only minutes away from Bassano in Teverina. Due to its sandy bottom, salmonids are absent from the Tiber (while containing plenty of trout and grayling in the upper stretch) and flyanglers normally go for chub, carp, zander, pike, tench and wels fish.