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Scheggia and Pascelupo (Perugia province)

A township of NE Umbria: Scheggia is at 43°24.5N, 12°39.5E. Altitude: 567 m. Aggregate population in 2003: 1500.

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View of Scheggia, looking NW from Monte Calvario.

Scheggia and Pascelupo are two separate towns in northeastern Umbria about 15 km apart, that share the official honor of being the seats of the comune. The real power in the comune is Scheggia, since Pascelupo is in fact the merest hamlet in one of the remotest mountainous areas of the region, a few hundred meters from the border of the Marche, linked to the outside world by a gravel road.

Scheggia, the ancient Roman town of Schisa, is 12 km S of Cantiano (in the Marche) and 7 km N of Costacciaro on the Via Flaminia, still a major highway 22 centuries after it was first built, where it intersects an important road out of Gubbio (12.5 km SW). Because of this, the town appears to be having a population boom: certainly there is construction all over the place.

The most interesting and beautiful sight, however, in the territory of the comune is probably the 11c abbey of S. Emiliano in Congiuntoli, about 10 km E of Scheggia.

A proper website will eventually appear here, since I've been to Scheggia (if not to Pascelupo) and walked the area. In the meanwhile, you may find it useful to read the Sept. 24, 1998 entry of my diary; for S. Emiliano, you should see August 7, 2000. For further more detailed information, you should also see the links below.

The first steps toward that proper website:

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In Antiquity, a famous temple stood somewhere near Scheggia, and people have been looking for it for hundreds of years now; unsuccessfully, so far. So, in my Antiquary's Shoebox — a collection of items that attracted me from various scholarly journals in the fields of classics and archaeology — a note on the Temple of Jupiter Apenninus (N&Q 217:153‑154) by C. R. Ramage will be of interest to some.

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[ 11/4/10: 2 pages, 4 churches, 8 photos ]

There are two important abbeys in the township. I've seen one of them — S. Emiliano in Congiuntoli — and will eventually present it in a suitable page or two. In the meantime, Churches of Scheggia focuses on some of the others I've seen.


Like most of the comuni in Italy, Scheggia e Pascelupo include in their territory some smaller towns and hamlets, of a few hundred inhabitants if that, with a certain administrative identity of their own: as elsewhere in Italy, these are referred to as the frazioni of the comune (singular: frazione, literally a "fraction"): a complete list of them follows. I haven't been to any of them yet, so any links will be offsite.

Belvedere • Casacce • Col di Peccio • Isola Fossara • Monte Bollo • Perticano • Ponte Calcara

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Page updated: 24 Aug 12