The springs of River Fiora (called Armenta o Arnine by ancient Latins) are under the floor of the IVth century church “Madonna della Neve” in Santa Fiora (a lovely village on Monte Amiata, in the province of Grosseto, Tuscany).
The upper part of the river has a good water quality but is scarce in quantity being mostly used for watering and hydraulic purposes.
River Fiora crosses the lower part of Tuscany and enters Latium, wetting the areas of Ischia di Castro, Canino and Montalto di Castro.
Not far from Montalto, there is the area of Vulci, with a very interesting Etruscan necropolis, a castle (with a bridge which – according to a legend – was built by the Evil in one single night) and a park where the river creates the famous Lake Pellicone,
The mouth of the river is also a good (fly) fishing destination thanks to the presence of sea bass and other interesting species.
Along its way from mountain to sea, river Fiora receives some smaller streams (of which one of the most interesting is the Olpeta, originated by lake Mezzano) and offers a lot of (fly)fishing opportunities combined with historical and tourist attractions.
The area near Ischia di Castro is very interesting for (fly)fishing: cyprinids are very numerous with big size specimen. The best period is – without any doubt – spring-autumn but consider that fishing is forbidden from 1st April to end of May (spawning period for chubs).
Waders are not compulsory but very much suggested: the river has long and deep pools not easy to be crossed if you want to reach the opposing bank.
The bottom is mostly sandy/muddy with some peebles and some stones here and there. Attention is to be paid in certain periods of the year to avoid slippery areas.
River Fiora also offers other environments, different from the area of Poggio Conte, all of them really worth a trip and a fishing experience.
This area is very much interesting also for the presence of some hermitages, some of them along the river, thus offering the angler’s parents the chance to accompany him/her during his/her fishing trip, a lovely pic-nic on the river bank and a short excursion to these deep-in-the-history sites.
One of the most famous hermitages of this area is the “Eremo di Poggio Conte” which can be reached – once left the car – following a not so difficult path along the left river bank (leading downstream). After a wooden bridge, crossing a very small stream, the path climbs the mountain and the hermitage is within half an hour walk.