The Sant’Emiliano in Congiuntoli abbey

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In an emerald sea, in the municipality of Scheggia-Pascelupo, at the junction (that’s why “Congiuntoli”) of the Sentino and Riofreddo rivers at the border between Umbria and Marche, stands the abbey of Sant’Emiliano in Congiuntoli. One of the oldest monasteries in Umbria, the abbey was founded at the end of the tenth century, like the coeval Santa Maria di Sitria…

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Casalina, Deruta | The shrine of “Madonna dei Bagni”


Externally, the little shrine of Madonna dei Bagni looks like many other churches in our region, built with bricks, with no decorations or ornaments of any kind. But it’s inside that the little shrine reveals its wonders: the walls are lined with hundreds of ceramic squares, from the ceiling down, all the same size. They are the votive offerings panels…

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Bevagna. Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Carapace: where nature is art

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From a distance the Lunelli’s cellar “Carapace” is almost invisible, according the author’s intention to integrate the work in the soft lines of the Umbrian hills, the only sign of its presence is the great red dart that stands next the building. The building – sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro is the first work of art where people live and work…

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The fascinating mysteries of Narni Underground

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Every time we look at the heritage of our past, we know, we retrace deeds and stories of men. But what is very fascinating in Narni Underground is that these men have a name and a surname, and wait for us to tell their story. Narnia, which takes its name from the river Nera (Naar, river) that flows at its…

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Umbria unveiled: the workshop museum Antica Fornace in Deruta

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I come into the shop – workshop – museum “Antica Fornace” in Deruta, immediately greeted by the founder, Mr. Francesco Baiano. He accompanies me, with courtesy and enthusiasm, on a visit through his collection of ceramics, an astounding collection of pottery and ceramic production in Deruta from 1400 to the present. A journey through the objects. There are apothecary jars,…

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The village of Alviano and its castle

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A naturalistic oasis, a castle, food and wine excellences and traditions are the real treasure that enriches the village of Alviano. The nature, preserved during the industrial boom in the 60’s, is the invaluable resource that now makes Alviano and the surrounding areas, on the Tiber valley, a unique place. The majestic castle was built in 1500 by captain Bartolomeo…

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Bassano in Teverina, Cy Twombly’s favorite place

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Bassano in Teverina is the village you don’t expect. In Viterbo’s Tuscia, famous for its ancient roots and for the cultivation of the delicious hazelnuts, a short distance from Rome and the main road and railway lines, Bassano is a delightful happy island for those tired of city stress and looking for a haven of peace. Recommended destination both for…

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The ancient Church of Sant’ Eligio in Todi

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At the end of Borgo Nuovo di Todi, leaning against the medieval walls, right at the entrance of Porta Perugina (originally called Porta di San Biagio), stands the ancient church of Sant ‘Eligio, already present in documents of 1269 and probably build by Leoni family. From 1500 the church of Sant’Eligio was the seat of the Lay Brotherhood of Mercy,…

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San Pietro Abbey in Perugia, the church of wonders

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San Pietro is one of the richest and most majestic churches in Perugia, a collection of art so considerable as to be second in the city only to the National Gallery of Umbria, and such as to make it impossible, here, a meticulous description. Let’s focus the attention on some of the works that the church contains, witnesses of the…

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Massa Martana: the ancient Fonnaia bridge

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Near Massa Martana, in San Faustino, along one of the two original sections of the Via Flaminia, stands the imposing Fonnaia bridge (Ponte Fonnaia), half hidden in the greenery. The consular road Flaminia, which from Rome entered Umbria at the height of Otricoli, reached Narni from where it branched in two directions: one towards Terni and Spoleto and the other,…

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Massa Martana. The catacombs of San Faustino

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The catacombs of San Faustino (near Massa Martana) are the only catacombs in Umbria. Located along one of the two original sections of the Via Flaminia and originally born as a pagan hypogeum then converted to Christian devotion, their presence was already known in the seventeenth century. The space currently visible outside the entrance of the catacombs, on the other…

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The “Museum of Memory 1943-44” in Assisi

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In Palazzo Vallemani, the “Museum of Memory Assisi 1943-44” runs along 4 exhibition halls where, since 2011, thanks to the will of Marina Rosati and the courageous figure of Don Aldo Brunacci, the great little stories of ordinary heroism are shown to the public, to keep their memory alive, to pay them homage and to ensure that the lesson imparted…

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