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Nera Valley (Valnerina)

Exploring The Nera Valley: Ferentillo, Arrone, Polino, Montefranco e Papigno

The Michelangelo Palace recommends some interesting tourist routes: the Nera Valley

valnerinaIt is guarded by two 14 century fortresses and the remains of medieval walls built to protect the Nera valley
Which narrows to form a sensational gorge at this point. It includes the centers of Matterello and Precetto.
It is worth visiting Santa Maria church dating from the 13th century with 15th-16th century frescoes by Jacopo Siculo and Piergili. the 15th.centry church of Santo Stefano houses the “Museo delle Mummie”. An old mill in Montrevivoso accommodates the “Museo della Civiltà cittadina”.


San Pietro in Valle Abbey / Ferentillo
valnerinaFounded in the 8th century by the duke of Spoleto Faroaldo II, it is what remains of Spoleto’s Longobard Duchy. Its church, built between the 10th and 11th centuries and consisting of a nave with transept and three apses, still preserves the remains of important frescoes with scenes from the old and New testament: these are remarkable traces of Roman painting prior to the work by Pietro Cavallini. Here visitors can see 2nd century roman sarcophagi and a sculptured frontal bearing the inscription of its author (Ursus). The complex also includes a cloister and a bell tower adorned with marble reliefs, both dating back to the 12th century.


valnerinaIn the medieval village with remains of wall and towers, visitors can admire San Giovanni church (13th c.) with frescoes of Filippo Lippi’s workshop and Santa Maria Assunta church with 16th-century frescoes by Tamagni, Giovanni da Spoleto, and by Lippi’s School. Nearby is Casteldilago with medieval remains and the churches of San Valentino and San Nicola. On the mountain in valle Sacrata, archaeological finds shows evidence of a place of worship.



polinoIt is a one of the highest and smallest villages in Umbria (around 300 inhabitants) whit houses scattered around the citadel. Visitors can find the 17th century fountain and the Fortress that dates back to renaissance times. and hosts the Museo dell’Appennino Umbro.




nera valleyThe tour includes the Porta Spoletina and the Porta Franca ( what remains of the fortified village ) and San Bernardino church, dedicated to the Saint that used to live here (15th-16th century frescoes) not far away is the medieval Torre Orsina whit the De Felice Park, named after the Terni-born artist whose works are here on display. On top of the mountains is the village of Collestratte alto, where interesting buildings such as noble palaces and churches, may be admired: i.e. SS. Trinità church with paintings of Alunno’s workshop and San Liberatore church in the homonymous district.


PapignoIt has maintained the maintained the medieval plan of the fortified village erected to protect the near valley and the Via Curia. In the vicinity lies the former chemical factory that is being restructured and will accommodate a part of the “Museo di archeologia industriale”. The plant also hosts the studios where various TV series are directed; between the takes, the studios are open to the public.

Between Papigno and the Marmore waterfall is the “del Toro“ bridge, a roman work on the Nera. A road leads to the upper Belvedere of the Waterfall.



Nera Valley
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