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 (3533) 2014-03-06 10:45
Wonderful view of the castle with fantastic details and lovely natural colours. Great view of the hills in the background with lovely warm light that has revealed the landscape with beautiful clarity. Thanks for sharing this lovely photograph. Informative and interesting note.
Have a nice evening.
tyro (19746) 2014-03-06 12:45
Ciao caro Silvio,
As always, you have given us a fascinating and comprehensive note about this place and also a magnificent photograph taken in lovely winter morning light.
The castle itself lies in relative shade, portrayed beautifully against the more brightly lit hillsides behind it and the moody sky above. But the soft light on the castle brings out the textures and details and subtle colours of the ancient stonework perfectly.
A well composed image with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
tenretin (2408) 2014-03-06 14:32
You made a beautiful picture, well balanced and framed. Great detail and sharpness. An interesting contrast between the buildings and the sky.
Well seen and well done.
carlo62 (30513) 2014-03-06 15:00
davvero un gran pov, la vista delle antiche mura è perfetta, come il centro storico (qui tutto è storico) leggibile in tutte le sue forme.
Curiosa quella costruzione sulla destra a ridosso delle mura, con l'arco sotto, un passaggio credo. Probabilmente era come una dogana.
photoray (11413) 2014-03-06 15:39
Even in the darkness the Vallo di Nera casts its spell of ancient medieval history spanning centuries. Its rock gothic construction still in fine shape and appearing as it did over 600 years ago. And its defensive position overlooking the surrounding countryside contrasted in the sun's light.
macjake (54876) 2014-03-06 17:01
this is one of those photo's where you don't need to add exposure or brightness, it looks fine in this dim type of light.
charming as charming can be. rustic history.
really enjoy it
elenimavrandoni (14241) 2014-03-06 18:00
non è solo la vista panoramica, non è la spettacolare architettura, è anche il punto di vista dall'alto, l'armonia dei colori e il tuo tocco sempre speciale!!
Corry (4508) 2014-03-06 20:20
Beau point de vue sur ce village construit sur la colline et entouré de remparts. J'aime bien la lumière qui éclaire les montagnes environnantes. Bien fait.
rychem (21661) 2014-03-06 22:49
This is a fairy tale view of an impressive castle, the photo is like a painting of old masters, i like the dark color combination and lthe brighter BG, compliments
jurek1951 (41319) 2014-03-06 22:58
a picturesque view with spectacular composition and beautiful architectural details, the POV is superb,
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-06 23:17
This is magnificent. Lights are truly handled, even the dim parts of the castle.
emka (76355) 2014-03-06 23:50
Amazing castle in the marvelous landscape. splendid composition. Well done dear friend.
Warm regrads MAlgo
Nicou (119421) 2014-03-07 2:21
sueprbe vue e tiamge avec le croisement de ces vallées en fond et la village juste placé au milieu merveilleux panorama.
saxo042 (37220) 2014-03-07 3:52
A very beautiful landscape and the combination of sunshine on one part and shadows over another part of the picture is always very attractive. The architecture of this village is perfect, the buildings melt into the landscape.
dekanski (2886) 2014-03-07 14:46
eldancer1 (26748) 2014-03-07 15:28
Nice panoramic view of the village and I like it that the houses are in the shadows. Good details. Well done, tfs.
pierrefonds (56074) 2014-03-07 17:36
The distance between the village and the horizon is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the buildings. The light is giving a good contrast to the colours. Have a nice day.
Graal (96432) 2014-03-08 3:00
another nice old village between the mountains. Perugia is beautiful. Good informations and photo-work.
Have a nice WE.
SnapRJW (30685) 2014-03-08 7:48
Hello Silvio - You have presented a lovely shot of this old castle, I like the mood created by the shadowed buildings and sunlit landscape. It is so typical of winter light and the band of clouds confirm the season. A pleasure to see.
Warm regards Rosemary
Miguel82 (22377) 2014-04-09 18:54
Silvio, that castle situated in Vallo di Nera is so beautiful, I feel a medieval atmosphere, a patrimonial site, good light in the bg, perfect sharpness, regards