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Alviano Castle Stroncone

Alviano Castle
The castle, which belonged to the Alviano family before and to the Doria Pamphili family after still dominates the village and can be visited.Dating to the same time, the parish church is the most beautiful example of religious archiecture in the village. However, what really makes unique Alviano is its naturalistic oasis. The latter was created on 1990 due to a barrer on river Tevere done by Enel (fomer national industry of electricity production), and today it is more than 9 square Km wide,under the protection of WWF Italy. The museum of peasant life is also worth visiting. della civiltà contadina.

Placed at 450 metres above sea level, Stroncone is placed in an enchanting position, and is therefore considered an eccellent climactic resort, where one can spend a tranquil and healthy summer stay. The first certain document mentioning Stroncone goes back to the year 1012. Nearly completely razed to the ground by troups from Narni after a long siege, the town was rebuilt in 1215 by the same ravagers on the orders of Pope Innocent III.

San Gemini Ferentillo

San Gemini
The original pre-roman town called Casventum in Roman times took on the present name in the 9th century, when a monk called Gemine from Syria began to preach there, instructing and doing so much good that the town became known as the city of "St. Gemine". Enjoying the favour of the Papal State, it became a township, and representing a road junction of vital importance for comunication with Rome to the north, San Gemini became a primary center of culture, art and religion. The abbeys of St. Nicholas and St. Gemine, now a cathedral, the churches of St. John with its antique baptistery of the 8th century and of St. Francis (13th century), as well as the Palace of the Citizen's Captain and the mighty city walls, which largely still exist, testify to this fact.

Ferentillo, placed at 252 metres above sea level, is situated along the Valnerina valley at 17 kilometres' distance from the city of Terni. The castle of Precetto on the left- hand side and the castle of Matterella on the right with their bastions still seem to protect the town which is to be found behind them, below the mountains of Sant'Angelo and Gabbio from which the castles rise up. The name of Ferentillo is due to the expression: "those of Ferento" (Ferentum illi). In fact, in 742, King Liutprando, at that time battling with the Duke of Spoleto, took with him the the settlers and the warriors of the city of Ferentillo, therefore "Ferentumilli".

San Gemini Ferentillo

Amelia The hilltop town was one of the most important centres of the Umbrians: as the heavy polygonal city walls that completely surround it testify. In the historical centre you may see the Duomo, the Municipal Tower, a symbol of local liberty, churches and prestigious noble homes.

The town walls
The walls are formed by gigantic blocks held together without any sort of cement. They are over 7000 m. long and8metres high. In certain points they are 3.5 m. thick. They date back to the sixth century BC with some work done in mediaeval times.

Archaeological museum
Objects from pre-Roman, Roman and early mediaeval epochs are on display in the Archaeological Museum. Of special interest is the impressive bronze statue of Germanicus
Germanicus The statue, called the Colossus of Amelia because of its dimensions- it is about 2 metres tall – represents the military leader, Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus who died at 34. The bassorilievo on the shield is of the fight between Achilles and Troilus.

A mediaeval village overlooking the Nera river gorge, was already important in times of the Umbrians and the Romans. High up on the hill is the Rocca, the castle built by Albornoz. In the centre, around the dei Priori square ringed with historical buildings and in the ancient little lanes you find some of the most important buildings such as the Duomo, and the Santa Maria in Pensole church. In the Art Gallery you can admire the Ghirlandaio altarpiece.

The Ancient St. Cassian’s Abbey, the centuries old Augustus Bridge
The Augustus bridge, a notable Roman work immortalized by artists in every epoch, was built in 27 BC at the foot of the Narni hills. One single arch of 30 m. remains. On the surrounding hills, in the middle of the woods, you can see the St. Cassian’s Abbey, one of the oldest in Umbria, which has castellated walls like a castle.

Underground tour in the fascinating galleries of the mediaeval city
In the cellars of San Domenico you can see a church cut into the rock from the 11th C, rooms used by the Inquisition and the cell for the prisoners. A series of passageways run all under the town: they are the Roman and mediaeval water works of which the Formina aqueduct (1st C AD) is a full 13 km long.


Carsulae was a splendid Roman city as the archaeological zone extending over 50 acres bears witness, along with its noteworthy ruins: the theatre, the amphitheatre, the forum, the basilica, the temples, some tombs, the ancient Via Flaminia roadway and the arch of Saint Damian. It grew up near the mineral water springs of Sangemini and Romans came here to spend their holidays. A collection of relics from the site is preserved in the Antiquarium and in the Documentation Centre.

Orvieto The city sits on a high outcrop of tuff stone that rises out of the Paglia valley. It was an important Etruscan centre as the Tufa and Cannicella necropolises and the relics conserved in the local museums testify, and has important builidings and churches such as the famous Duomo. § Underground emotions Below Orvieto, inside the cliff it stands on, the inhabitants have been tunneling passageways, digging wells and creating artificial caves for three thousand years – an underground complex of enormous historical and archaeological value due to the stratification of the remains of the various periods, starting from the Etruscan. You can see niche tombs, wine cellars, and rooms with olive presses and mills.

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