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A Romanesque Chapel in the Countryside near Trevi


[image ALT: A small rectangular stone church, with a belfry of the type called 'campanile a vela', in the midst of an olive grove. It is the church of S. Donato of Matigge, Umbria (central Italy).]

San Donato, pretty much as I came upon it walking the hill N from Trevi to Foligno.


[image ALT: The rounded apse of a small tile-roofed stone church, with a belfry of the type called 'campanile a vela', abutting a hill and overlooking a wide expanse of plain with low mountains in the distance. It is a view of the church of S. Donato of Matigge, Umbria (central Italy).]
The typical early Romanesque apse, oriented slightly N of due east.
We're looking NW toward the Colli Martani.

[image ALT: A small rectangular windowless stone church in a grassy clearing, seen from the long side. On the left it is overhung by trees; on the right vineyards stretch away towards a low rise with an indistinct clump of buildings. It is a view of the church of S. Donato of Matigge, Umbria (central Italy).]
Looking S beyond the vineyard toward Trevi, you can just make out the church of S. Martino.

Notice the Roman stones in the lower courses of the wall; for a clearer view of more Roman stones, real, and a bit about Roman roads, conjectured, see the N side of the church.

The smaller rocks all around the church, on the other hand, are what passes for soil around Trevi. Do not be too quick to pity the area's farmers, however: it is primarily to these fist-sized chunks of limestone so liberally strewn about the landscape that Trevi owes its reputation as a source of some of the best olive oil in Italy.


[image ALT: An olive grove; partly hidden by the trees, the façade of a small stone church: the wooden front door can be seen, and the belfry over it, of the type called 'campanile a vela'. It is a view of the church of S. Donato of Matigge, Umbria (central Italy).]


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