Charming village in symbiosis with the Nera River, whose waters lap at the buildings, a canal, an ancient receptacle to a mill, and separates it into two sources Valcasana help to create a "liquid medium" to great effect.
This strong presence of water has specialized activities, gastronomy and tourism offerings in this town: fishing for brown trout and prawns, a real traditional activity, has created the conditions for a specific food culture in contrast with the rest Valley, where the prevailing culture of meat, especially pork. The truffle, that here in Scheggino is the hub of all activities, gave further proof of his versatility, by binding to the noble river fish.
Scheggino is the main town in the City, which houses in its territory (35 sq km) population of 650. It includes the villages of Ceselli, Civitella, Collefabbri, Monte San Vito, Nevi, Pontuglia, San Valentino, Schioppo.
The name originates from Schiaginum and transformed into Schezzino, and in the beginning of the century XVIII into Scheggino. It originated as a medieval castle, with the typical triangular structure of the fort on the hillside, crowned at the top of the lookout tower square, halfway up a rocky outcrop overlooking the town. The original structure is still clearly visible complaint, the strategic function of the settlement of a necessary step to guard the ancient road of the Nera Valley, at the confluence of the trail along the mountain Valcasana.
Constructed on the left bank of the Black River, next to a narrow valley leading to a forced passage of the old road, it is believed that it was erected in defense of the Saracen invasions. He assumed, like other similar nuclei nearby (Sant'Anatolia), from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. some strategic and economic importance staying true to the Duchy of Spoleto; loyalty which caused a double siege and subsequent looting by the enemies of this city in 1391 and in 1552, during the insurrection of the castles of the Nera Valley, which had initially Scheggino party, led by Petrone from Vallo Brancaleoni and ice axes. Shortly after the siege was repeated by other rebels in Spoleto, led by Jerome forint, but the assailants were repulsed by local women.
In the centuries after the quiet of the place was no longer upset. Remain under the Spoleto until the eighteenth century, enjoying, however, a special autonomy, with staff of its constitution in 1561. The walls and towers were restored between 1509 and 1521. A century later, suggesting that they were profoundly changed the times, the towers were turned into lofts, while the castle became a quarry for the construction of houses along the noble river. The economic importance of Scheggino increased under the Papal States, when, in 1635, Urban VIII, for the intervention of Cardinal Poli owns a villa here, did enable a smelter to process iron ore extracted from the mine of Monteleone di Spoleto by adapting the way of the Valcasana the transport of materials.
Oral tradition has it that the gates of the Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica were built precisely in this foundry.
The oldest part, called “Capo la terra” grew in XIII century close to the rock, probably to accommodate people from the nearby feudal castle-well after its destruction. This first circle, it was leaning, sloping down towards the valley, the expansion of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, completed in seconds. XVI with the creation of the village, situated beside the canal to supply the mill.
Emerge from the building fabric of the country the Palazzo Graziani-century manor house. XVIII built behind the first wall and one of the corner towers, and the Town Hall settled in a single building of the century. XVII, characterized by a mansard roof or covered loggia, which will in sec. XX to the public by raising the right side of a modern city tower equipped with a clock and bells. In the historical city records are kept of the town of Scheggino, from sec. XIV suppressed Chisels and municipalities, and Monte Civitella S. Vito. At the southern end of Via di Borgo opens, on the ancient road in the direction of the Nera Valley Tavern chisel, the seventeenth-century Porta del Pozzo, known for the presence of a source.
At the other end of the street meets the Building Profiles, a typical eighteenth-century mansion, now divided into several apartments. The building, recently renovated, still retains the main entrance, lobby entrance, the courtyard with the nymph and stairs to upper floors, originally included a garden space in front of the greenhouse, the fishpond.
Under a wing of the building profiles, you open the door Valcasana of sec. XVI, where once branched off a section of the "Iron Way" that is the road used for transporting materials in mines and ironworks, which reached Scheggino Monteleone through Caso and Gavelli.
The road was upgraded in sec. XVII, under Pope Urban VIII, through the good offices of Cardinal Fausto Poli by Usigni. The area outside the Porta Valcasana has lots of spring water and aquatic vegetation, so that from the beginning of the century. XIX, was a public park.
The park consists of a tree-lined boulevard, the "Fiumarella" fed by springs that is located not far upstream from a small artificial lake used for fishing and fishing for trout farming.
The park is complete with the upstream pool, tennis courts, the green area, the pinewood, camping and football field.
Valcasana sources are now a lovely natural garden, where the waters flow peacefully among holm oak, Aleppo pine and boxwood, a very pleasant environment to relax and rejuvenate the spirit.
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holmertz (40007) 2014-09-03 6:25
What a nice composition of these two steep and narrow alleys, one dark and one light. Walking among these dark vaults would almost give a feeling of being back in the Middle ages. You handled the contrasts of light very well.
unclehotshot (674) 2014-09-03 7:12
It seems you have a fondness for architecture ... at least you have a sharp eye for light and spaces and textures. I think it's a super estetic shot.
eldancer1 (27121) 2014-09-03 7:22
Those buildings were built to last for centuries as shown in this photos. Nicely captured with good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
snunney (82451) 2014-09-03 7:24
Excellent light management for this very attractive composition. Here, we are faced with a choice, to up or to go down, both look equally inviting. Excellent rendering of the textural detail in the old stone walls.
ikeharel (55948) 2014-09-03 9:33
Buona sera Silvio,
Marvelous view through the dublle archway, each on diff. direction - superbly balanced variable light conditions, on those sides.
DOF and clarity well collected.
Tue (27696) 2014-09-03 13:33
Really nice to have two arches next to each other, both showing a different kind of view of the town. Good light management and nice composition.
carlo62 (31294) 2014-09-03 13:53
bellissima questa architettura ad archi, in pratica molta parte della strada è coperta, per cui ci si può riparare dalla pioggia. Queste viuzze impervie mettono a dura prova gli abitanti.
Bella foto, pov studiato e intelligente.
berek (37248) 2014-09-03 21:06
depth from two separate points. been a very successful picture. As always liked the historic architectural details.
aliabazari (14709) 2014-09-03 22:08
Very beautiful shot of the narrow streets and old. The facade is very attractive choice. Very good composition. Thank-you for sharing
Cricri (105197) 2014-09-03 22:39
Excellent cadrage des deux arches, une allée montante et dans l'ombre, l'autre descendante et dans la lumière, belle réalisation
jhm (138176) 2014-09-04 4:38
Not one gate but two gates on the same picture.
One stairway upwards and one to beneath, this cares for depth and perspective.
This must are a great pleasure for a stroll between all these nice old façades, great architecture picture too.
I like your composition, also the sharpness and clarity.
Very well done, TFS.
dekanski (2998) 2014-09-04 10:25
for the umpteenth time, I notice that your photos are recognizable without reading the name of the author. In addition, your notes are real little history (and art history) of places you visited!
This one is fantastic, especialy light!
annjackman (19189) 2014-09-05 9:29
This is an interesting photo with two lovely arches. The winding steps are fascinating. You managed the difficult light well with lovely glimpses of the buildings further on.
Very nice image.
Kind Regards, Ann
cornejo (30572) 2014-09-05 10:52
Ciao Silvio, eccellente fotografia del bellissimo angolo della città con archi interessanti, ben composto e catturato in questa foto interessante con una buona nitidezza, profondità, buona luce, colore e qualità. Lavoro molto bello e interessante perfettamente fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per aver condiviso questo bel lavoro.
Buona notte e felice fine settimana.
Tutto il meglio dal sud della Spagna.
ourania (30063) 2014-09-07 11:59
mi piace molto questa composizione serrata e l' impatto delle prospettive che ci guidano a livelli e luoghi diversi. La descrizione di questo sito particolare e' nitida e chiara, ci si puo' trovare dei dettagli interessanti dappertutto. Mi piace molto l' atmosfera tranquila ed il modo in cui hai equilibrato l' illuminazione delle parti diverse. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona settimana,
fritzi007 (4451) 2014-09-07 13:16
very good photo and good comment, well done!
many greetings my friend