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The beautiful walled town of Amelia in Umbria, taken from the south on the road leading to Giove.

Amelia lies in the south of Umbria, on a hill overlooking the Tiber River to the east and the Nera River to the west. Some believe that Amelia is the oldest town in Umbria. It was supposedly founded by a legendary Umbrian king, King Ameroe, who gave the city the name Ameria. Cato the Elder is reported as saying that Ameria was founded 963 years before the war with Perseus (171-168 BC), so 1134 BC, though this date cannot be considered accurate.

The city was later occupied by the Etruscans, later still by the Romans, and occupied a strategic location in the Second Latin War (340-338 BC), lying on a loop of the Via Cassia called the Via Amerina, which started at Falerii and crossed the Tiber at Castellum Amerinum (probably Orte).

Here, toward the right of the picture, you can see the dome of the splendid Duomo and the Civic Tower, both built at the highest point of the town. The cathedral dates from the 9th Century though was rebuilt in the 17th Century. The Civic Tower, a beautifully simple octagonal structure 30 metres high, dates from the 11th Century.

A larger vesion can be seen here on "beta" TE.

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