Canino lies on the border with Tuscany, in what is known as the “Lazio Maremma”. Dubbed the “city of oil”, it nestles among gentle hills covered with olive trees, at the centre of an area of great archaeological and natural interest. According to one tradition, the name is derived from the Caninia family, originally from Vulci. However it is more probably related to the dog, the ultimate symbol of loyalty and friendship in the animal world, and rightly inserted into the town’s coat of arms.
Canino has a long history, stretching back to the Etruscans. At the time of Etruscan hegemony, Canino was part of Vulci, and only later became a territory in its own right, providing a safe haven for local populations during Saracen incursions. Canino was also the home town of the Farnese family; Alessandro Farnese, who was born here on February 28th 1468, went on to become Pope.
Cultural and natural attractions in the area
The visitor will find many attractions in our area: the Etruscan city of Vulci and its necropolis with over 10,000 graves, among which is the famous Tomb of Francois; the Bridge and Castle of Abbadia and nearby National Etruscan Museum with its collection of over 500 vessels; Castellardo, Musignano and the Apollinari thermal baths, known in antiquity as the Hundred Rooms.