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Castello di Santa Maria di Bazzano – Spoleto
It rises along the slopes of Monte Giove, at the intersection of two important and ancient roads, the Via della Spina and the ancient road to Norcia.
The place was inhabited since ancient times, as evidenced by the Roman finds that came to light, in particular in the area where the Church of Sant’Andrea rises, where you can still see remains of tombstones, cippi and two stone sarcophagi.
The name itself, Bazzano is probably a predial of Roman origin, which can be traced back to both the nomen Battius and the gens Badia.
It can therefore be hypothesized that the first inhabited center was built in the Roman period on the last offshoots of the plain.
As with many high Umbrian settlements the collapse of the Roman empire, some inhabitants, to get away from the nearby Strada della Spina and from the plain, no longer healthy and safe, settled further upstream, near another road, also very much ancient, which connected this part of the Spoleto territory with the Via Nursina, there erecting the Rocca di Bazzano, also called Monaldesca, Mainardesca and Berardesca.
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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16822 W: 130 N: 34761] (192859)
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