Amelia is the closest town to the Borghetto and is well known for the rare ancient polygonal walls which surround it. Amelia was presumably founded by King Ameroe in 1134 b.C. It was already a Municipality under the control of Rome in 338 b.C. The Archeological Museum of Amelia is well worth attention as it houses the impressive bronze statue of the Germanico which dates back to the first century after Christ. Amelia was already referred to by Cicerone in 80 b.C in his defense of Sesto Roscio Amerino. The town at that time was known with the name of Ameria. It has a large number of important noble homes which were built and decorated by famous names such as San Gallo and Zuccari. Amelia is the home town of artists like Pier Matteo of Amelia, who was mostly famous for having painted the Sistine Chapel before Michelangelo. The cathedral and the Civic Tower are also well worth visiting. Marcello Aldega’s private collection of rare sketches and drawings by famous artists can be visited upon appointment.
Amelia is less than a one hour journey from Rome and strategically placed to visit a large number of small, picturesque boroughs and towns, each of which with its own history and tradition such as Todi, Orvieto, Spoleto, Narni, Norcia, Cascia, Foligno, Perugia, Assisi, Civita di Bagnoreggio, the park of Bomarzo, Lake Trasimeno, Villa Lante, and the thermal baths in Viterbo. Florence, Siena, Gubbio and Cortona are easily reached from Amelia