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Manciano (Perugia province)

A hamlet of central Umbria, a frazione of Trevi: 42°54.1, 12°45.6E. Altitude: 509 m.

[image ALT: A plain stone church, with an open belfry of the type called 'campanile a vela', in a grassy clearing. It is the church of S. Martino in Manciano, Umbria (central Italy).]

The church of S. Martino and its olive grove; we are looking NW.

Manciano is one of the frazioni of Trevi, comprising the town of Manciano itself, about 3 km NNE of Trevi, and the surrounding countryside, including among others the remote hamlet of Ponze.


[image ALT: A plain stone church, with a belfry of the type called 'campanile a vela', in a grassy clearing. It is the church of S. Martino in Manciano, Umbria (central Italy).]

S. Martino, a medieval church dedicated to the patron saint of millers, stands quietly a kilometer or so from the town, up in the hills among the olive groves, at about the upper limit at which olives grow in this part of Italy.

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[image ALT: The vault of a ruined church, seen upwards from the ground: a large hole in the vault and another in one of the supporting walls shows the sky and trees. It is a view of the church of S. Stefano in Manciano, Umbria (central Italy).]

S. Stefano is now no more than a ruin, but it must have been a beautiful church; and just conceivably, some good soul, with a lot of work and capital, might give it its second wind.

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[image ALT: A small patch of very weathered wood, with several rusted flower-shaped iron studs and a large rusted keyhole. It is a detail of a farmhouse door in Ponze, Umbria (central Italy).]

At 900 meters altitude, Ponze is one of the remotest hamlets of Umbria, in a fold of hill on its way up to the higher summits of the Apennines, with a dozen houses, a picnic ground, with a grand if rather wild view of Umbria; and, of course, an old church.

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Page updated: 21 Oct 13