Orte is a very picturesque small village in provincial central Italy. Ancient inhabitants ( 6 th century B.C.) understood the strategic importance of the tuff rock flanked on one side by the river Tiber, and settled the original nucleus of the village on its top. Centuries of history have since then enriched this elevated portion of land and its surroundings. Medieval and Reinassance buildings are still the setting of centemporary everyday life at Orte.
The area was inhabited since the Paleolithic Ages, as evidenced by the finding of some flints and arrowheads, now preserved in Rome at the Museum Pigorini. Later it became an Etruscan settlement and suffered the Roman conquest. Being part of the Empire, the town followed the fortunes of Rome. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the town experienced the Barbarian invasions and their destructive incursions.
Occupied by the Arabs and conquered by the Lombards in 914, between the X and Xi centuries, Orte intensified its control over the commercial traffic of the Tiber, contending its toll rights with Amelia, Narni and the Abbey of Farfa. In later centuries there was a decisive increase in population, accompanied by an urban, economic and cultural development. It became one of the major cities of the Patrimony of St. Peter in Tuscia and in 1864 began the construction of the railway of the Papal States.