Vallo di Nera
Magnificent castle that dominates the Valnerina. Among its narrow is enveloped in the magic of the Middle Ages.
Superb cycles of frescoes of its churches. It rises 467 m s.l.m. has a population of approximately 400 units. The urban layout is compact, with the typical structure of the castle hill, a nucleus from which extend circular flat ring roads and steep hills to the heart or the central square of San Giovanni Battista, where the parish church occupies the point top of the hill, dominating the entire country. The village is flanked by the fifteenth of S. Mary, then falls in the second city wall, built to include the monastic settlements, and the next century village of Casali, built along the various roads of the country during the period of maximum population growth. Archaeological finds prove that the remote settlements of attributable to the aboriginal people of this valley already in the eighth century BC
Of Roman origin, the ancient name of the village was Castrum Valli, ie fortified place. In 1177 the fortress of the coolle Flezano became a fief of the Duke of Spoleto Germanic Hursligen In 1216 Conrad of the old and the old castle was destroyed by the city of Spoleto.
On September 8, 1217 the mayor of Spoleto, James Vallo Capocci grants to men of the right to erect a castle under his rule, in exchange for protection and defense. Vallo di Spoleto thus enters orbit and undertakes to pay taxes and make war or peace, according to its directives.
In 1223 Omodeo, chaplain and vicar for the Mountain to the Pope resets for a short period, the domain of the church.
Federico II and Cardinal tied Capocci, in 1247, confirmed the possession of the castle to the town of Spoleto.
In 1522 has headed, with Petrone valleys, the revolt against the castles of Valnerina Spoleto. Petrone kills the papal governor failed to quell the revolt. Vallo Castle - writes one historian - "is taken, whether full of ruins and blood and stripped of everything." Petrone is burnt alive in 1527 and go to plunder Lanzichenecchi also mean that you can fever.
The town was reborn later, as evidenced by many sixteenth lintels and the fresco by Jacopo Siculo of 1536 in the church of S. John, in whose valley is shown with its walls intact and the tower-houses.
The reference to the Black River was added after the unification of Italy. The current coat of arms depicts three castles and must be a result of the union with the nineteenth-century castles and Meggiano Paterno.
Among the numerous medieval ruins are noteworthy many parts of the walls, the main tower and other towers along the walls, the two gates of the castle, churches and most of the buildings recently restored, is one of the best examples of restoration and Preserve the original city. The modern road, built in the last century has significantly altered the structure and reaches the original road near the back door, therefore become the main, on the covered porch which, once used for the market, is the old town hall , now used for services and for the archive.
S. John Baptist dominates the village on the highest part of the hill. Originally Romanesque (XIII), was enlarged and partly rebuilt around 1575 (the date is engraved on the left corner of the facade). To this period belong the facade with its bell tower, portal and rose window. Inside, the fresco in the apse is a splendid work of Jacopo Siculo of 1536, dedicated to the Death of the Virgin. On the bow the master painted a delicate Annunciation and the figures of S. Sebastian and S. Rocco-size.
The Franciscan Church of St. Maria was started in 1273 and shows a beautiful Gothic portal and a turreted tower. The interior is surprising for the amount of frescoes which still adorn it, the work of artists from Giotto school. Among them, the stand out of the White Procession, painted by Pietro Cola in 1401 (the painting is one of the most complete sources of the movement of prison Bianchi through Italy in 1399) and the Martyrdom of Saint Lucia, a painter Camerino of the fifteenth century. There are still the bell to ring hand bells, placed in the mighty square tower, on scales of agreements unchanged over time.
The third church is dedicated to intra moenia S. Catherine, built in 1354, which today is housed in a small auditorium.
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Sergiom (61172) 2013-01-05 5:30
Une belle image bien construite. Le point de vue est exceptionnel et le cadrage superbe. Le village est très beau et le nuage qui le recouvre apporte toute une autre dimension à la composition.
wolf38 (31282) 2013-01-05 5:32
Hello Silvio. A beautiful photo with excellent composition - everything is at the ideal place. Interesting contrast between the sky and houses. The lantern is an important detail.
carlo62 (33803) 2013-01-05 5:35
non ti sei lascito perdere la buona giornata e l'hai sfruttata al meglio, la foto è veramente bella, come è bello questo castello col suo borgo medievale ancora intatto.
Bellissima la tramatura dei muri con i due lampioni che sono la cosa più moderna che si nota.
npecanhuk (66344) 2013-01-05 5:43
Wonderful urban location!
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, black borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Nicou (123272) 2013-01-05 6:03
Quel rendu sur la pierre, quelle rue le tons sont merveilleux et font ressortir la couleurs des maisons,la lampe et ce ciel en fond quelle vue et image superbe captage et compo.
Bravo et amitié
energypolice (190) 2013-01-05 6:08
Excellent photograph, excellent sharpness, excellent composition, excellent lighting.
ikeharel (58231) 2013-01-05 6:23
14th century town, labyrinth typical built, the grey stone houses enhanced by the low winter light condition.
Moving grey clouds on background, gave way to fine blue sky.
saxo042 (37578) 2013-01-05 6:50
A very interesting note and a very beautiful picture. You have included many interesting architectural details, to be enjoyed. The grey buildings show a quality of a pencil drawing. The colours are uniform and the blue part of the sky adds a different colour.
adramad (38573) 2013-01-05 7:41
A splendid composition with this POV that shows this cluster of houses around the church and the defensive tower, this magnificent lamp against the sky and part of the mountain, perfect uniformity in construction, with all households stone, the perfect blue sky.
A beautiful work, well done.
Enjoy the weekend.
Warm regards, my friend.
kasianowak (6853) 2013-01-05 9:25
Hi again Sivio
Different mood but also a very beautiful image. Great composition and the colours in the sky are stunning.
bayno (18342) 2013-01-05 9:49
certo la gente del posto ha scelto il nome giusto per questa valle, il borgo è proprio cupo... poi con quel cielo..splendida composizione!!!
Kamilutka (8095) 2013-01-05 9:50
I like how you make all this greyness so beautiful. It is not neither boring nor sad. And the way it contrasts with blue sky is just amazing. You captured another atmospehric place :-)
Great sharpness, lovely perspective.
romanaa (7966) 2013-01-05 11:31
sometimes it is really difficult to capture the crookedness of the shapes but you have managed it very well here. Beautiful picturesque place breathing out its old history of every stone.
elenimavrandoni (14259) 2013-01-05 12:08
Ciao Silvio, un magnifico gioco di colori e sfumature di grigio! Castello Molto spettacolare e storico perfettamente evidenziato con una nota molto istruttiva. Dettagli sorprendenti, come la lavorazione della pietra, del lampione, i tetti e il campanile della chiesa. Un gioiello di più per la tua bella collezione!!!
Sonata11 (33283) 2013-01-05 12:19
very beautiful composition and fantastic vertical format. Ana amzing castle architecture and the beautiful sky. Spectacular photo. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nioce WE,
ourania (32127) 2013-01-05 13:31
una vista magnifica ed intrigante dentro l' antico borgo e la sua solenne atmosfera invernale. C' e' grande profondita' ed un assortimento di prospettive che manda il nostro sguardo dal un dettaglio al atro. La consistenza dei colori e delle tessiture e' stupenda. Complimenti e grazie!
tanti saluti e buona domenica,
tedesse (25133) 2013-01-05 15:07
I love these urban views of Italian cities. Excellent POV and composition showing interesting urban architecture.
Beautiful colors and perfect sharpness, very well done.
jjcordier (76858) 2013-01-05 22:33
Excellente photo de ce joli village et de son château. Bon cadrage et jolie lumière, la brume apportant une petite touche d'originalité. Belle réussite!
dkmurphys (50030) 2013-01-06 13:17
Another fascinating POv with the old streets of any town of Italy. Well taken, have a good night.
thebest (4276) 2013-01-07 0:29
I love this photo the colours are fantastic of course the Medieval architecture is wonderful against the cloudy & soft blue sky.
Well done on your notes very interesting.
I think you are the master of lengthy & informative notes.
Cricri (107306) 2013-01-07 21:56
Ciao ami Silvio
Belle vue du village de pierres grises avec le nuage qui rend une atmosphère particulière , très peu de couleurs dans le village sous le ciel bleu doux
photographer_sg (4402) 2013-01-12 0:47
beautiful textures and perspectives. Amazing composition.