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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carlo62 (13544) 2013-01-06 0:47
Buona domenica Silvio
che luce particolare sei riuscito a catturare, molto bella sugli alberi in FG e soffusa sul paese.
Il controluce lascia colpi di luce piacevoli.
raszid62 (18482) 2013-01-06 1:01
Miracolosamente ci ha mostrato la piccola città di pietra su una collina nella nebbia autunnale. L'immagine è davvero favoloso - mi piace molto. Meraviglioso, colori mistici.
Fis2 (73646) 2013-01-06 1:34
Excellent POV and colors.
I like light and shadows.
Photo has climate.
Royaldevon (18361) 2013-01-06 1:42
I like this shot, not only for its wonderful, bird's-eye view of the castle but also, because you have captured a 'mood', with the misty weather, and the strong contrast between the sunlit f/g and the impenetrable b/g.
Have a lovely Sunday,
krzychu30 (9399) 2013-01-06 1:56
you captured here excellently unique "mood" of this scene.I think it´s because this lovely light and haze.
But also your POV provides us with great view over the Castle and surrounding area.Nicely done!
Have a nice sunday
kasianowak (2459) 2013-01-06 2:03
Excellent image with masterful colour and light management. I really like the blues in the landscape and the architecture.
JanH (864) 2013-01-06 2:36
Great well balanced image with a fairly cold early morning atmosphere.
The light on the church towers is beautiful and a nice detail is the chimney smoke.
yquem46 (32835) 2013-01-06 2:47
Outstanding winter light in this shot with high POV
Nice contrast of the cold white-blue village with the warm colors of the trees at FG
Have a nice sunday
snunney (67918) 2013-01-06 3:19
A splendid point of view on this impressive fortified village. I like the soft light and misty atmosphere very much indeed. The autumnal tones of the foliage contrast beautifully with the silver greys of the architecture. Excellent photo work.
ourania (13085) 2013-01-06 5:38
e' tanto attraente ed interessante la vista dal alto del antico borgo fortificato. La profondita' e' superba e l' ottima chiarezza ci offre molti dettagli da studiare. Hai gestito la luce meravigliosamente catturando benissimo il momento e la sua atmosfera affascinante tra ombra, nebbia e luce vigorosa mattinale. Le tinte blu' e quelle calde sono stupende. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buon pomeriggio,
Sergiom (40169) 2013-01-06 6:16
J'aime beaucoup l'atmosphère qui se dégage de cette image. La légère brume apporte une touche bleutée spéciale à la composition et la lumière est exceptionnelle sur les toits des maisons.
Nicou (98775) 2013-01-06 6:26
quelle vue sur ce village superbe avec ce rayon cet éclairage sur une partie des toits fantastique ambiance et captage.
Bravo et amitié
JFS (32429) 2013-01-06 7:15
Una altra meraviglia, pecato li cavi...la luce è magica.
saxo042 (31862) 2013-01-06 7:21
A very beautiful blue village! The line of autumnal trees adds a very good colour accent to the picture. Marvellous!
rychem (9750) 2013-01-06 7:31
Superb! Excellent light, fantastic view, great color combination
dkmurphys (37419) 2013-01-06 8:09
Splendid panorama, a true picturesque capture of the old fortified village. Good work!
cornejo (18714) 2013-01-06 11:29
Ciao Silvio, gran tiro di questo luogo bello e interessante con una luce strana e interessante, mi piace. Quadro molto interessante incorniciato e fatto bene. Lavoro molto buono e interessante ben fatto il mio amico, le mie congratulazioni. Grazie per la condivisione di questo bel lavoro.
Buona notte e settimana felice.
Saluti dal sud della Spagna.
siudzi (24689) 2013-01-06 12:41
Beautiful pic of this amazing old town. The light is a key of your great work. It made the scene so unique and special. Love it! Well done.
elenimavrandoni (5807) 2013-01-06 12:53
Ciao Silvio, questa è una foto da sogno come se ne è venuto fuori un libro di storia! portandolo da lassù hai catturato ogni piccolo dettaglio del villaggio, le case tipiche e, naturalmente, le magnifiche chiese francescane. La nebbia rende l'immagine più spettacolare e dà tutta la gloria della sua storia!
Saluti, buona serrata
Sonata11 (28758) 2013-01-06 15:16
what a spectacular view with the fogg over the castle. This Vallo di Nera is very beautiful and wonderfully captured from great POV and DOF as well perfect. Colors, sharpness, clarity, light are fantastic. Perfectly well done. Awesome shot.
All the best,
SnapRJW (19188) 2013-01-06 22:16
Hello Silvio - Your bird's eye view is perfect for showing off this hill town under the late afternoon light. The shot is so atmospheric with the touches of light and smoke wisps rising from the chimney pots. A splendid shot. Warm regards rosemary
jjcordier (63074) 2013-01-06 22:21
Joli POV sur ce beau village entouré de remparts. La lumière d'hiver éclaire de très jolie façon les toits et les arbres aux alentours. Une très belle photo.
ikeharel (38090) 2013-01-06 22:39
A real winter scenery over the town. Yet we get to enjoy looking at, the wall envelope and labyrinth style built houses.
Mix light and shadows, and fine mild tones.
danos (74518) 2013-01-06 23:19
great the view of the village as surrounded from all this heavy fog,making the whole scenery so beautiful and unique.I like the excellent presentation as the light management of the image.
Have a good week,danos
macjake (39998) 2013-01-07 1:04
this one is a special type of blue hour :)
the smoke/haze/fog has given you that all important atmospheric conditions, a blue color that envelopes the scene.
the town is built like a fortress, a great subject.
excellent point of view and overview from up high.
Tigerlily (2343) 2013-01-07 4:03
Very interesting shot,Silvio. I like the blue colour.. it looks beautiful with the smoke from the houses.. the light came through the church window is another beautiful touch.. nice contrast of warm and cold colours.
aliabazari (10165) 2013-01-07 10:06
Affascinante e vista incantevole. Ben fatto composizione.
nikkitta (6144) 2013-01-07 12:56
Great POV from the high to catch the vallo with the magnificent castle emerging from the mist
Good idea to add the golden vegetation at the FG for better contrast
A true delightful capture
Greetings and congrats, TFS
npecanhuk (54221) 2013-01-07 14:53
Lovely and beautiful picture!
Special regards to the management of light, colors, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
A very good week for you,
emka (59010) 2013-01-07 16:05
Ciao Silvio beautiful castle and gorgeous presetstion. The light is magnificent here. Very impressive view. How lucky you Italians are! Such wonderful places wherever you go.
Cricri (87288) 2013-01-07 22:14
Ciao ami Silvio
Vue plongeante et superbe sur le village baigner a la fois par la brume et la lumière, belle réalisation
delpeoples (45717) 2013-01-08 23:51
Bellissima questa nebbia, hai creato un'atmosfera magica, Mi piacciono specialmente gli alberi dorati e l'architettura medievale. Ottimo POV, complimenti e ti auguro una bella giornata.
- Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) (99199)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-01-05
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Kasia's Favourites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-06 0:25