The green monuments of Terni
Terni is defined as “the italian Manchester”, a city known for a industrial connotation that show at the visitor an aspect definitely modern. But despite the appearances, few people know that Terni has a “green” record. Walking through the streets you might run into real “green” monuments: the secular trees. To certify it is the Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry Policies with a decree on the monumental trees of Italy. In Terni, 37 of them have been recognised, compared to the 54 present in Umbria and to the 2000 present in whole Italy.
A record that even exceed big cities like Rome and Naples. Walking around the city you can admire some protected species that stand out of the cement, like the two elms in P.zza dell’Olmo, the first is 22 meters high and the second is 24.5 meters high, there is also a super plane tree that is 33 meters high in the square of Carmine Church.
Along the cemetery avenues of the city and the village of Collescipoli there are many cypresses that shade the streets. There are also others “important” trees for their mole and history, for example the palm of Villa Palma and the poplars that stand out in Villa Centurini for their highness.
Nearby Terni, as for example Piediluco, exists a monumental plane tree placed in P.zza della Resistenza.
Walking instead along the paths that lead to the “Eremita di Cesi”, you can admire the holm oaks that according to a legend, these trees bent down at the passage of St. Francis.
Arrived at the hermitage, there is another “green giant”, the cedar of Lebanon, is there ready to welcome, in all its majesty, the passing of pilgrims.