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Pistrino (Perugia province)

A town of N Umbria, in the comune of Citerna: 43°30.7N, 13°9E. Altitude: 295 m. Population in 2003: 1460.

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View of the town from the road to Citerna.

Pistrino is a town in the plain of the Tiber at the northern tip of Umbria, almost in Tuscany, on the road from San Giustino (7 km to the NE) to Citerna (5 km to the W). It is part of the comune of Citerna.

A placid and rather modern town, it nonetheless has a long history behind it; its name appears to derive from a grain mill of the Roman period, and both archaeological vestiges and loose finds of coins and potsherds have been reported within a few hundred meters of town.

For my personal experience of this attractive place (and two additional photos), see the Aug. 19, 2000 entry of my diary. For something a bit more formal and instructive:


[image ALT: A small rectangular stone church with a belfry at the far end, of the type called 'campanile a vela'. It is the church of S. Maria Assunta in Pistrino, Umbria (central Italy).]

[ 2/26/01: 2 pages, 8 photos ]

Of the three churches in town, two go back to the twelfth century, and the more important and better preserved of the two is S. Maria Assunta, although its current use is as a museum: its handsome votive frescoes, characteristic of Umbrian art, serve as a backdrop to an intriguing collection of modern sculpture.


[image ALT: A rather large church of stone and brick, with belfry with a tall pointed steeple. It is the church of the Sacro Cuore in Pistrino, Umbria (central Italy).]

Although modern, the parish church, consecrated to the Sacred Heart, is a handsome building and in addition to housing a good 17c painting, is not without interest of its own.


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Three hundred meters from downtown: a pair of attractive doors.


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