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Porzano Castle - Terni - Umbria
It is the first castle that meets down along the Val di Serra. The small center is currently located in a peripheral position with respect to the most transit routes, in the past, however, it was located on one of the main roads for Spoleto. Probably built on the site previously occupied by a rural structure dating back to Roman times, it bears witness to the name, of evident predial origin, the presence of some fragments of the Roman age, including a well preserved karst stone, reused in construction of the bell tower of the church of San Fortunato.
In the Middle Ages it became part of the Terre Arnolfe, the great fiefdom, first of imperial property, then ceded to the church in 1002 by the emperor Henry II.
In 1527, Porzano and Macerino relied on the protection of the Municipality of Spoleto.
In 1606 the Arnolfe Lands were reduced to the communities of Macerino, Colle Campo, Porzano, Firenzuola, Cisterna and Scoppio, and in that year the statutes were renewed.
Since 1816 Porzano is appodiato of the municipality of Acquasparta, today it is a fraction of the Municipality of Terni.
Porzano preserves the structure of the medieval 'castrum' with an orthogonal mesh with houses consisting of terraced houses arranged in two parallel bands. The walls are kept only on the north, west and side of the south side. Noteworthy are the door structures, the northern entrance with curves and the remarkable southern door, decorated on the inside by a fresco. Just outside the walls, to the north there is a beautiful fountain and to the south an old and shabby aedicula.

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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14683 W: 131 N: 30032] (173027)
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