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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photographer_sg (4414) 2014-06-04 11:32
that is indeed a magnificent view of the castle. Superbly composed with the group of white buildings shine like jewels among the lush green vegetation. The diagonal line of trees in the foreground with the few red orange among them makes a very pleasing sight.
Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
papagolf21 (102390) 2014-06-04 11:34
Bonsoir, cher Silvio,
Ce petit village aux maisons anciennes et son église donne l'impression de défier le temps.
Le choix du cadrage est très pertinent pour mettre en valeur le sujet principal.
cornejo (42919) 2014-06-04 11:42
Ciao Silvio, bella vista di questa splendida valle, molto ben catturata con una grande POV con molto buona e bella foto. Una bella immagine di un luogo incantevole, molto buona la nitidezza, profondità e qualità. Un grande lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo bel lavoro.
Buona notte e felice resto della settimana.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-06-04 11:43
Good and well composed panomaric of what seems a village with very old houses placed in the middle of of ciltivated fields
Good POV and natural frame given by the vegetation
Ciao, buona settimana
mesutilgim (95380) 2014-06-04 11:50
Hello dear Silvio,
Very nice birdseye view with good layout and nice soft colors.
TFS and best regards
tenretin (2567) 2014-06-04 13:52
I love this type of photo ... no effect post card, just the basics and carefully picked an interesting POV that captures well the location and lets embrace at a glance the architecture of the place .
photoray (13981) 2014-06-04 14:59
Very interesting view of this medieval village beyond the forest hillside, rectangular patterns in multiple positions, with a glimpse of the church in the back.
And a fine detailed historical background note.
carlo62 (49175) 2014-06-04 15:23
sembra una foto d'altri tempi, a parte qualche auto e poco altro, il resto sembra congelato, non costruzioni recenti, capannoni ecc.
Veramente particolare, dovessi scegliere un paese per un film ambientato nel medioevo, sicuramente lo terrei presente.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-06-04 18:35
quello che una vista panoramica e quello che un gioiello del paese
così bella e così unica nascosto e prezioso come la tua magnifica immagine!!
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-04 23:04
Un très joli point de vue sur ce beau village aux maisons agglutinées autour de l'église.
Fis2 (98543) 2014-06-04 23:41
Dzieñ dobry Silvio!
Good frame and colors.
Have a nice day
snunney (100034) 2014-06-05 2:09
A wonderful capture of this most unusual village built in a circle around the dominating castle and boasting three churches. Your high vantage point shows the layout perfectly and all in superb detail. The thoughtful division between landscape and built environment makes for a nicely rounded composition. Top class technical quality.
Sergiom (80684) 2014-06-05 5:35
J'aime beaucoup cette plongée vers le village blanc en contrebas. J'aime la ligne de verdure qui traverse l'image en diagonale ainsi que la très belle luminosité.
PiotrF (18148) 2014-06-05 9:37
Nice view of Vallo di Nera. A lovely viewpoint you have taken advantage of here to photograph this beautiful cityscape. I like the light and the colour .Excellent detailed picture
Beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good clarity and quality. Very good and interesting job well done.
COSTANTINO (65768) 2014-06-05 12:59
Hello dear Silvio
as you mention in your useful notes
this castle is magnificent and dominates
what could I say for this miracle?
only greetings for the greenery
and the perfect capture of the
dioganal line of the trees
I love this village hidden into
have a nice time
Nicou (143096) 2014-06-06 7:56
Avec la diagonale de salin quelle iamge et cadrage la vue sur le village très recherché superbe.
pili51 (1853) 2014-06-06 9:17
Caro carissimo Silvio,
Bellissimi i colori, profonditá e l'inquadratura. Che paesaggio voi avete. Assolutemente bella, belle luce e tocco da maestro.
Complimenti e ti auguro una bellissima giornata
ikeharel (72143) 2014-06-07 1:11
Fine view of the green slop in FG, and the white houses beyond, in contrast. They all built on same style and pattern, similar architecture, crowded labyrinth on one hill. Well collected sight.
ourania (46264) 2014-06-10 11:20
magnifica vista dal alto, elegante e solida la tua composizione che mostra il villaggio antico con eccellente vividezza e definizione in mezzo ad un contesto tranquilo e meraviglioso. Superbo il senso di profondita' e molto gradevoli i colori naturali. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e tutto il meglio,
asajernigan (21427) 2014-07-09 5:24
This is a great shot taken from a fine POV. The angle created by the trees cuts through the scene nicely. The lighitng is great as is the color and sharpness.