The Ancient Municipalities of the Terni area
On the eve of the establishment of the Province of Terni (January 2, 1927), Cesi, Collestatte, Papigno, Piediluco and Torre Orsina, until then self-governing Municipalities, were united to the Municipality of Terni. Today the so-called Ancient Municipalities are outstanding parts of the municipal territory of Terni but also places that retain their specific identity, revealing an equally singular beauty. Embedded in landscape contexts of great value, each one tells a story, handed down through a valuable historical-artistic heritage that is waiting to reveal itself to the visitor.
Called “the terrace of the Terni basin” which dominates from its splendid position along the slope of Mount Eolo. It was one of the main centers of the Terre Arnolfe.
Church of Sant’Angelo, probably dating back to the 11th century.
PalazzoComunale or Contelori - seventeenth-century building
Palazzo Stocchi - with 16th and 17th century frescoes
Church of Sant'Agnese - seventeenth-century building
Church of Santa Maria Assunta - built in the 1500s and remodeled in the 1700s. At the church museum you can admire the painting "Maestà" (XIV) by the so-called Master of Cesi.
Church of Santa Caterina
Church of Sant’Andrea-built in the twelfth century. The wall structures incorporate materials from the Roman era that come from nearby Carsulae.
Palazzo Cesi - Renaissance building that belonged to the Cesi family.
Church of Sant’Onofrio (Holy Protector of Cesi),located outside the town.
Cesi is also the starting point for excursions to Monte Sant’Erasmo and Monte Torre Maggiore (1120 m), where there are remains of polygonal walls and temples of the Umbrian civilization.
It occupies the top of a hill overlloking the Terni basin Surrounded by medieval walls,the village has valuable noble buildings and monumental churches.
Porta Ternana - one of the two entrances to the village
Palazzo Ungari - eighteenth-century construction
Church of San Nicolò - has a Romanesque setting. To this church belongs one of the two bell towers that characterize the profile of the village.
Church and Convent of Santa Cecilia - 17th century complex
Palazzo Catucci - built in part in the 1500s; it was enlarged in the 1700s.
Church of Santa Maria (collegiate) - dating back to the 12th century, it houses valuable works of art. Here is also the magnificent Hermans Organ, made by the Flemish master of the same name in the second half of the 17th century.
Restored in 1995, it is the protagonist of the prestigious Hermans Festival.
Porta Sabina - dominated by the bell tower of the church of Santa Maria.
This beautiful village stands on a hill in the Terni Valnerina, near the Marmore Falls. The origin of the castle probably dates back to the 9th century. Of medieval layout, it has some buildings that were built by the Manassei family (19th century)
Church of San Pietro - preserves an altarpiece from the 1500s from the school of the pupil and a baptismal font from the same century.
Church of the Holy Trinity
In nearby San Liberatore you can admire the church of the same name, which is decorated with beautiful paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries
Small village overlooking the Terni Valnerina,and shows a medieval layout.
Church of the Annunciation - rebuilt at the end of the 18th century, it preserves beautiful paintings.
At the edge of the centuries-old wood around Papigno,there is an important testimony of the Roman era: "the Bridge of the Toro" built between the first century BC and the 1st century AD
This area was also one of the favorite destinations of Plenarist painters and is part of the itinerary of the Museo Diffuso dei Plenaristi, an itinerary that connects the places where European painters,between the end of the 18th century and the following century, painted "en plein air”, The beauties of the territory of Terni, including Papigno and its wood.
Enchanting village overlooking the lake of the same name and stretched out at the foot of Monte Luco.
Church of San Francesco - built (XIII-XIV)in memory of the stay of San Francesco in Piediluco.
It is included in the itinerary of the Via di Francesco.
Rocca- (XIII-XIV) stands on the top of Monte Luco
Centro Nautico D’Aloja - Lake Piediluco is home to the National Olympic Training Center of the Italian Rowing Federation.
Delightful village of the Terni Valnerina,nestled on the top of the Santa Maria hill. The medieval core, still well preserved,was enriched between the 16th and 18th centuries with noble buildings.
Porta Urbica - late 16th-early 17th century
Church of Santa Maria Assunta (late Renaissance)
Fountain - from the 19th century and recently rebuilt
Parco Aurelio De Felice - on the hill where the former home-studio of De Felice, one of the most important Italian sculptors of the twentieth century, is located, there is an open-air museum where copies of some of his famous sculptures are exhibited. It is also a charming place because it offers magnificent views of the beauty of the Nera valley, including the Marmore Falls.
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