Comune di Orte

The Romanesque bell tower
of the church of San Silvestro

Coat of arms

Location of Orte in Italy

Coordinates: 42°27′37″N 12°23′11″E / 42.46028°N 12.38639°E / 42.46028; 12.38639
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province / Metropolitan city Viterbo (VT)
Frazioni Orte Scalo
  Mayor Angelo Giuliani
  Total 70.16 km2 (27.09 sq mi)
Elevation 132 m (433 ft)
Population (31 December 2014[1])
  Total 8,982
  Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Ortani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 01028
Dialing code 0761
Patron saint St. Giles Abbot
Saint day September 1
Website Official website

Orte is a town and comune (municipality) in the province of Viterbo, in the Italian region Latium Lazio, located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Rome and about 24 kilometres (15 mi) east of Viterbo.


Orte is situated in the Tiber valley on a high tuff cliff, encircled to North and East from a handle of the Tevere river. It is an important road and rail hub.


The Etruscans inhabited the area from the 6th century BC and called it *Hurta,[2] as testified by the findings in a necropolis nearby, now preserved in the Vatican Museums. Orte was theatre of battles between Etruscans and Romans (310 and 283 BC), near the Vadimone lake, in both of which the Romans were victorious.

The Romans domination made it the municipality of Horta (also Hortanum).[3] Under the rule of Augustus it received numerous public works. Subsequently, because of its strategic position, Orte was occupied by the Ostrogoths, the Byzantines and the Lombards. During the late 9th to early 10th century, it was, along with much of central Italy, a stronghold of, or threatened by the Saracens.[4]

In the Middle Ages the city was never seat of a fief, becoming a free comune under a podestà. Later it became part of the Papal States.



Orte railway station, opened in 1865, forms part of the Florence–Rome railway and the Ancona–Orte railway. It is situated in Piazza Giovanni XXIII, in the locality of Orte Scalo, approximately two kilometres southeast of the town centre.


  1. Demographic data from ISTAT
  2. Chiesa, Tarquinia: archeologia e prosopografia tra ellenismo e romanizzazione, 2006, p.267.
  3. John Murray, A dictionary of Greek and Roman geography, Volume 1, 1873, p.1091
  4. Peter Partner (1 Jan 1972). The Lands of St. Peter: The Papal State in the Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance (illustrated ed.). University of California Press. p. 81. ISBN 9780520021815.

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