Agriturismo in Umbria



The fossil forest of Dunarobba, in the municipality of Avigliano Umbro, was brought to the surface by work started in the late 1970s, and not yet completed today.

This paleontological site is one of the most important in the world. Already in 1600, thanks to Prince Federico Cesi and the Stellutti family, there was knowledge of the existence of finds of fossil wood specimens in the countryside of Avigliano Umbro, Montecastrilli, Sismano, and Rosaro.

The remains of the large trunks, visible in the nearby area of the Fossil Forest of Dunarobba, provide exceptional evidence of the vegetation that existed in this part of central area between 3 and 2 million years ago.

They date, in fact, from the end of the Middle and Upper Pliocene, when there was a vast lake in the middle of the Amerini and Martani mountains, a lake which has been given the name of Lago Tiberino.

Around its shores, and also probably along the mountain slopes, there was a luxuriant temperate-warm-humid climate forest. The dominating tree species was a large fir tree, whose needles resemble somewhat those of our cypress trees. They were impressively large trees over 30 meters tall; the preferred environment was marshy, of extensive bogs situated at the edges of the actual lake, which was deeper.

It has not yet been established with certainty to which species the forest trees belong; the scholars (paleobotanists) have, in fact, reached different conclusions, having tackled the study from different viewpoints. A characteristic of the trunks is their singular state of preservation: after over two million years, they have not become “petrified”, i.e., their original substance has not been replaced or mineralized by other chemical compounds.


Visits are possible with “departures” from the Center of Plant Paleontology of the Fossil Forest of Dunarobba [Tel. 0744940348] situated in Dunarobba, Loc. Casacce, from the Forest entrance area according to the following hours:

Second half of the months of April, May, June, September, October, and November, open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, and 3:30 - 6:30 pm.

In the months of July and August – Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday): 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 4:00 - 7:00 pm.

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